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Monday, November 13

Open Republican-Held Seats in 2008

Jill of WritesLikeSheTalks has an intriguing post up, listing state representatives and state senators who will be term-limited in 2008. The best news for Democrats is that all seven term-limited senators are Republican:
Ron Amstutz R 22
Steve Austria R 10
Randy Gardner R 2
Jeff Jacobson R 6
Larry Mumper R 26
Robert Spada R 24
In the Ohio House of Representatives, 20 out of 27 term-limited members are Republicans.

Ohio Democratic Party Chair Rep. Chris Redfern (D) will be term-limited and serves in the 2nd Senate District -- will he seek Gardner's open seat?

There are more such questions on the Republican side. Will term-limited Jim Carmichael (R) seek Amstutz' seat? Ditto for Kevin DeWine (R) and Austria's seat? How about Steve Reinhard (R) and Tony Core (R), both term-limited and both in Mumper's district -- primary foes? How about Majority Leader Jon Husted (R) and John White (R) -- a contested primary for Jacobson's seat? Only Bob Spada (R) is vacating a senate district that will have no term-limited state representatives in it.

For the record, the complete list of state reps who will be term-limited:
James Aslanides R 94
Minority Leader Joyce Beatty D 27
Tom Brinkman R 34
Ken Carano D 59
Jim Carmichael R 03
Thom Collier R 90
Tony Core R 83
Kevin DeWine R 70
George Distel D 99
Steve Driehaus D 31
Keith Faber R 77
Diane Fessler R 79
Larry Flowers R 19
Jim Hughes R 22
Jon Husted R 37
Bob Latta R 06
Bob Otterman D 45
Jon Peterson R 02
ODP Chair Chris Redfern
Steve Reinhard R 82
Michelle Schneider R 35
Bill Seitz R 30
Arlene Setzer R 36
Fred Strahorn D 24
Shawn Webster R 53
John White R 38
Larry Wolpert R 23


At 1:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumors in Ham. Co. that Tom Brinkman will take on Jean Schmidt in Republican primary in '08; or, I guess he'd run against Vic Wulsin, should she prevail over Schmidt.

At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Driehaus is an anomaly - a Dem. in Ham. Co. He's pro-life Catholic, and it would probably take someone similarly attuned to hold that seat.

At 3:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So would Driehaus run against Chabot? Chabot certainly is vulnerable and though Cranley was beaten by an unexpectedly large 6 point margin, the top of the Republican ticket actually did quite well in Hamilton county, winning by about as much as Bush did. I'm guessing the black vote was rather depressed this year in Cincinatti as well.


At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Driehaus does not have the name recognition Cranley has - Driehaus lives outside Cincinnati, while Cranley has been on Cincinnati city Council for ca 6 yrs. Can't see Driehaus running for Congress except as a sacrificial lamb.

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note that Seitz, Schneider, Husted, and K. DeWine were all just chosen for leadership positons in the new legislature.

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