Ohio Sen 30th & 32nd: BREAKING - Cafaro (D) and Wilson (D) Selected
Gongwer News Service is reporting that the Ohio Senate Democrats for the next legislative session have voted to appoint shopping mall heiress Capri Cafaro (D) and Jason Wilson (D) to replace Attorney General-elect Marc Dann and Congressman-elect Charlie Wilson, respectively.
Cafaro has run for Congress twice, spending millions of dollars from her family fortune. She lost to Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Concord Township) in the 14th Congressional District in 2004, after a campaign marred by her exaggeration of her experience as a legislative aide and her clumsy attacks on LaTourette over his extra-marital affair with a lobbyist, and she finished second to Congresswoman-elect Betty Sutton (D-Copley Township) in the 2006 primary in the 13th Congressional District. Cafaro has enjoyed support from labor groups and had the endorsement of Dann for the Ohio Senate seat.
Wilson is the son of the incumbent and is perhaps best known for mishandling his father's election petitions in advance of the 2006 primary in the 6th Congressional District, with the result that the petitions were invalidated for not having 50 valid signatures from within the district. The younger Wilson was fired as campaign manager, but the senior Wilson won the primary handily as a write-in candidate and cruised to an easy victory over State Rep. Charles Blasdel (R-East Liverpool).
UPDATE: From press releases issued by the Senate Democratic Caucus:
Cafaro, 29, graduated from Stanford University with a BA in American Studies at age 19 and from Georgetown University with a MALS in International Studies. She serves on the Trumbull County Senior Services Advisory Council and is a State Policy Liaison for Ohio with the National Patient Advocate Foundation. She was also a State Advocate Representative for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Cafaro serves as a Councilor for the Medicare Rights Center. As a participant in the Clinton Global Initiative task force, she developed a project on Anti-Corruption efforts in emerging democracies. She is a current member of the American Public Health Association and the International Federation on Aging. “My experience in health care and aging policy will aid me in my work as a State Senator,” Cafaro said. “These two issues impact the well-being of all Ohioans and as a Senator I will strive to enact legislation that deals with both health care and aging needs. I will also work to be a strong voice for economic development for Trumbull and Ashtabula counties. I will be a strong voice for working men and women by helping small business growth and developing our resources as part of alternative and renewable energies. I am excited to begin my work as Senator and I look forward to working with and learning from the current Democratic Caucus members.”
Jason Wilson, 38, graduated from The Ohio State University in 1992 with a BA in Political Science and from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1996 with a MBA. Wilson brings to the Ohio Senate extensive business experience along with serving on numerous boards and associations such as the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Funeral Director’s Association and the American Heart Association. “I look forward to working with the next Democratic Leader and the Democratic Caucus to help the residents of the 30th district and the entire state of Ohio. I am honored to become a member of the Ohio Senate and I thank my wife Leah, friends and family for their support."
Cross-posted at Ohio Daily Blog