Westerhold blog: All politics is local

Matt Westerhold
Oct 12, 2010


Campaign season usually begins Labor Day weekend, when politicians of all stripes march in parades, kiss babies and glad-hand anyone who looks like a potential voter. And the November election in Ohio this year could go down in history as the most expensive ever.

The big, big money will be spent in statewide races, where there are two wide-open seats: the U.S. Senate seat held by former Cleveland mayor and Ohio governor George Voinovich and the Ohio chief justice position that became vacant when Sandusky’s own Tom Moyer died in April.

In the Senate race, Republican Rob Portman is running against Democrat Lee Fisher, the lieutenant governor. Portman has the edge in money and maybe an edge in new ideas. He definitely has a shot at defeating Fisher, who has been Ohio’s economic development director for nearly four years. Enough said.

The chief justice race pits Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor against current Chief Justice Eric Brown. Brown was appointed to the position in May by Gov. Ted Strickland after Moyer’s death, and O’Connor — without a doubt — has the edge in both judicial experience and past leadership positions she’s held.

And Strickland also faces a worthy candidate in former U.S. Rep John Kasich, who hopes the anti-incumbency mood propels him to the top. Despite the state’s economic woes, Strickland has a real shot at prevailing and it will be a hard-hitting campaign for both candidates.

State Auditor Mary Taylor, Kasich’s running mate for the lieutenant governor’s post, was at the Register to talk about the race. (See the video)

Finally, former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine brings some gravitas to the race for Ohio attorney general. DeWine has promised to be the anti-corruption AG, and he should win given current Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray’s record of non-accompishment. Cordray was great on the TV show “Jeopardy” — a five-time champ — but he’s fallen asleep at the wheel as AG and doesn’t recognize corruption when it slaps up against him.

 Locally, state Rep. Dennis Murray Jr., in his first term, faces off against a spirited effort from Republican Jeff Krabill. Krabill, a long-time Sandusky school board member, believes in change and hopes for a surge from the anti-incumbency drive among the electorate.

Another Republican, Mike Pisarsky, is running for Erie County commissioner against Bill Monaghan, who is seeking a second term. Pisarsky has been an invisible candidate to this point, while Monaghan hopes to let his record speak for itself. It will have to be one heck of a Republican year for Pisarsky to overcome Monaghan’s advantage, given the cost-cutting, hardline, hard-nosed work Monaghan put in during his first four-year term.

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, whose 9th Congressional District extends from Toledo across Erie County and into Lorain County, has a money opponent in Republican Rich Iott, a wealthy businessman who made his fortune in the supermarket industry.

The 9th District was gerrymandered about six years ago to make it a safe Democratic seat, so Kaptur has the advantage. But Iott has some bucks and you’ll see him a lot in TV and Internet commercials at newspaper websites.

U.S. Rep. Bob Latta also sits in a gerrymandered “safe” seat that has a decidedly conservative bent and includes Huron County. Latta faces a challenge from Democrat Caleb Finkenbiner, who has an uphill battle.

The Register’s politics reporter, Tom Jackson, already has brought readers up close interviews with O’Connor and Brown in the chief justice race and he’ll be doing more stories as the campaign season heats up.

The best and most complete election coverage of races that matter locally will be found on the pages of the Sandusky Register in the coming weeks, and we’ll be live from the newsroom on election night to provide results in real time.

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Wel seeing that I havnt really seen much in the line of improvement sense the last election , I am not to sure that we will this one either , we need to have people that base desions on there morols and whats right and not what the other guy is going to do .


We need to do more to bring good paying jobs to sandusky and we need to do something about all the shootings that have been going on in resent months .lets get with it and be honest , I know thats a hard thing to swallow , being honest that is , lets try and get sandusky back on the map as a town that people can be proud to say they live .lets stop with the false promises that anyone can see is not up to just you , but the whole council ..lets get back and start doing what we should have been doing as council members .

brutus smith

Anti-Anti-IncumbencyThe 2010 election meme that refuses to die.

By Christopher BeamUpdated Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at 6:37 PM ET

But let's put this in perspective. So far this year, 282 federal-level incumbents have been up for re-election. Of those, only six have lost their seats—four in the House and two in the Senate. (Aside from Bennett, Kilpatrick, and Specter, there's Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va.; Rep. Parker Griffith, R-Ala.; and Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C.) That's 2 percent of all incumbents. If you count only the 119 incumbents who have faced primary challengers, the proportion who were defeated goes up to 5 percent.


This is  a myth about anti incumbents.


F. ear  O. ligarthy  X. enophobes.


It's unfortunate that this is an old blog. What I have to say is very relevant to this topic, but I fear no one will see it.

Abstention is a vote. Yes, purposefully refusing to vote for any candidate is an indication that (1) you don't really know the candidate(s), or (2) you really don't like the candidate(s).

In the coming Erie County elections there are some candidates running unopposed. Some that may not deserve your vote. People like judges. A judge should be impartial making decisions based on facts. One Erie County Judge, Roger Binette generally sides with the Prosecutor's office. This partiality is damning to a defendant. Roger Binette doesn't deserve your vote, even "For Times Like These."

If the paper does its job, it will note things like the total number of voters and how many votes the unopposed candidate received. It can be an eye-opener.