Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Contest for 85th District Ohio House shaping up
Republicans in the majority of Logan County will get to select a party nominee in only one local level state race on May 6, while Democrats may get to vote on a governor’s candidate.
Three candidates have filed as Republicans for the 85rd District Ohio House seat that includes all of Logan County, except Bokescreek, Richland and Rushcreek townships.
Meanwhile, a Democrat has thrown his hat in the ring as a challenger to the party’s preferred candidate for the governor’s race.
The races are shaping up after this week’s election filing deadline, which was extended through some parts of Ohio until Thursday because of heavy snow in some areas Wednesday.
In the 85rd District, C. Douglas Chamberlain, 2499 County Road 91; Robert J. Luckey III, 644 Ann Place, Sidney; and Nino Vitale, 4940 Benson Road, Urbana, all have filed as Republicans and the winner will face Dave Easton, 1435 Foxdale Place, Sidney, who filed to run as a Constitution Party candidate, officials in the Champaign County Elections Board report.
The 85th District seat is being vacated by John Adams, R-Sidney, who is prevented from running again by term limit laws.
Mr. Chamberlain, a former Logan County Family Court Judge and Logan County Prosecutor, has also worked in private practice, as former village solicitor for Huntsville, DeGraff and Russells Point, and on the Logan County Area Community Improvement Corporation. He is currently retired, but is acting as a liaison for the effort to restore the Logan County Courthouse.
He earned his law degree from Ohio Northern University and was admitted to the bar association in 1969.
He and his wife, Patty have two adult sons and two grandchildren.
Mr. Luckey has worked on campaigns to elect Jon Husted and Mitt Romney and is a member of the Shelby County Republican Executive Committee.
He has 15 years of retail management experience and owned his own financial services business for 10 years.
He earned a business management degree from Edison Community College.
He and his wife, Brandy have four young children.
Mr. Vitale has 20 years of private business experience with such corporations as Apple Computer and Wendy’s International and currently manages the family manufacturing business, Johnson Welded Products in Urbana.
He is an NRA pistol instructor, vice-president of the Champaign County Right to Life, member of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association and an adjunct professor in the College of Business at Urbana University.
He earned a master of business administration degree from Franklin University.
He and his wife, Lilli have four sons.
There will be no primary race in the 83rd District, which includes Bokescreek, Richland and Rushcreek townships in Logan County, Hancock County Elections Board officials reported after Thursday’s extended filing deadline.
Incumbent Robert Cole Sprague, 830 S. Main St., Findlay, who was appointed to the seat in February 2011 and elected by voters in 2012, is the lone Republican to file for election.
Gregory A. Norris, 210 Miami Road, Rushsylvania, however, has filed as a Libertarian to challenge Mr. Sprague in the November election.
Incumbent 4th District U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, is the only candidate in any party to file for the election, Lorain County Elections Board personnel report.
On the Democrat side, there may be a primary race for governor if last-minute challenger Larry Ealy and his lieutenant governor selection Ken Gray are certified as candidates. The Ohio Democratic Party has endorsed Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald in his bid to unseat incumbent Gov. John Kasich, who is seeking re-election.
Mr. FitzGerald’s running mate in the race is Sharen Neuhardt, while Mary Taylor has Gov. Kasich’s continued nod as his lieutenant governor.
A third party candidate, Charlie Earl with running mate Sherry Clark will also appear on the November governor’s race ballot as Libertarians.
In other statewide races, Republicans and Democrats will square off in November, but there will be no other primary races.
Incumbent Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat David Pepper; Republican incumbent Secretary of State Jon Husted is being challenged by Democrat Nina Turner; incumbent Republican Auditor Dave Yost faces competition from Democrat John Patrick Carney; Republican incumbent Treasurer Josh Mandel faces Democrat Connie Pillich; and incumbent Ohio Supreme Court justices Judith French and Sharon Kennedy face opposition from John O’Donnell and Tom Leston.
Ohio voters will also decide whether to renew a public works program that funds improvements to roadways, bridges and other local infrastructure needs. The measure boosts the amount of money Ohio can borrow through the sale of bonds to $175 million annually for the first five years and then $200 million each year for the remaining five years.
There are also three overlapping issues that a handful of voters along Logan County’s borders will help decide:
• Ridgeway/Hardin Fire Protection is asking for a replacement 6.5-mill, five year levy;
• Triad Local Schools has filed a 0.5-mill, two-year levy; and
• Sidney School District is asking for a 9.9-mill, five year additional levy.