Ohio Sen: Fedor (D) and Zurz (D) Vie for Leadership Role
The Toledo Blade has an interesting piece about the tussle between State Sen. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and State Sen. Kimberly Zurz (D-Uniontown) over the post of Ohio Senate Minority Leader, to be vacated in January by term-limited State Sen. C.J. Prentiss (D-Cleveland). The vote on a replacement will take place in early December.
Fedor claims to have "the ability to unify the caucus immediately," and touts her background as a teacher as relevant to governor-elect Ted Strickland's focus on reforming public school funding. She is running in tandem with State Sen. Tom Roberts (D-Trotwood), who would become Assistant Minority Leader.
Fedor served two years in the Ohio House before her elecction to the Ohio Senate four years ago. She is in the number three leadership position of Minority Whip. Zurz was appointed to the Ohio Senate in September 2003 and was elected the next year. She was in the rank and file until State Sen. Mark Mallory (D-Cincinnati) resigned late last year to become Mayor of Cincinnati. Zurz then replaced Mallory as Assistant Minority Leader, leap-frogging over Fedor to the number two leadership role. She is the president of her family's funeral home business, and had served as president of the Summit County Council and assistant to the Summit County Treasurer before entering the Ohio Senate.