Cong. OH-3: Four Candidates Identified
A post up at DailyKos by MrLiberal identifies the following four people as having taken out nominating petitions, which are due at 4:00 pm today:
- Jane Mitakides, the 2004 nominee
- Charles W. Sanders, a frequent candidate and former Mayor in the 2nd Congressional district
- Jude Logan Demers, an unknown
- J. Richard Chema, federal prosecutor and Navy veteran
More on Chema at the exellent blog Dayton Politics. He will hold a press conference at 3:00 pm today.
UPDATE: Russell at BSB says that Roosevelt Chapman, former University of Dayton basketball player, is out collecting signatures as well.
2nd UPDATE: Jerid says at BSB that Jude Logan Demers didn't file enough valid signatures, but Roosevelt Chapman did, so delete Demers and add Chapman. Also, the Board of Elections will meet shortly to decide whether to disqualify Sanders due to the "sore loser" statute.
3rd UPDATE: The Dayton Daily News printed candidate profiles today:
Charles W. SandersIn a companion article, Mitakides says has the backing of the Clinton County Democrats. "We're going to hit the ground running," she said. "We'll capitalize on the 'clean sweep' mood of the electorate. I think this thing is going to be a horse race. It's going to be a short horse race, but it's a horse race."
Career: Retired from Delphi, Waynesville Mayor 1995-2000, frequent congressional candidate in Ohio's Second and Third Congressional districts. Most recently lost May primary to Stephanie Studebaker.
Personal: Married for 33 years to Carolyn. No children.
Other: Perennial candidate, came in second in May primary.
Hometown: Washington Twp.
Career: Ran in 2004, worked in strategic communications. For many years owned Helsley Advertising. Has worked in a variety of political campaigns, including Gore for President 1988, Clinton-Gore in 1992 and 1996 and Ann Richards gubernatorial race in 1994 and Gore-Lieberman in 2000. Ran for Ohio Democratic Party Chairmanship in 2005. Investment manager for husband's dental practice.
Personal: Married to John, two children.
Other: Name recognition from 2004 campaign; says she feels confident she can raise sufficient funds to run the campaign.
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y., currently lives in Dayton.
Career: Former University of Dayton basketball standout; studying to get master's and doctorate in educational leadership at UD; teaches at Arise Academy Charter High School
Other: Legendary name recognition among UD basketball fans.
J. Richard Chema
Hometown: East Liverpool
Career: Resigned Thursday from 11-year career as federal prosecutor in Southern District of Ohio that followed 11 years with Judge Advocate General in the Navy stationed in San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Italy.
Personal: Married to Susan, chief litigator at NCR and also formerly with the Judge Advocate General in the Navy. They have two daughters and reside in Oakwood.
Other: An older brother, Thomas V. Chema, is well-connected in Ohio political and business circles and currently is president of Hiram College near Cleveland.
As to Chema, the article reports:
Chema ... comes with credentials as a top federal prosecutor in Ohio, an 11-year career with the Navy that included serving as legal advisor to the commander of the Naval Intelligence Command, and academic credentials that include a masters degree in law and publication of a paper about prosecuting sexual harassment in the military. ...
His brother, Tom Chema, president of Hiram College, previously served as executive directors of the project that built two major sports complexes in Cleveland, the Ohio Lottery Commission and the Public Utility Commission of Ohio. He [will] be as active as possible ..., saying "I think he is exactly the right candidate for right now. I think I can help on the fundraising side, and I've already been in touch with people who can act as consultants. We're starting from square one ... I think we can raise a reasonable about of money in a short period of time."