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12/11/2011

ELECTIONS 2012

Rep. Ted Celeste (D-Grandview Heights) filed paperwork to run for the new 3rd Congressional District.

Former appellate judge William O'Neill told The Columbus Dispatch he'll run a third time to win a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court next year.

While the first primary and caucus in next year's presidential race have yet to be held, Democrats continued their attack on the man they believe will emerge as the Republican candidate -- former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney. Former Gov. Ted Strickland Monday helped launch new web and television ads that the Democratic National Committee will run in swing states, reiterating Romney's "flip flopping" on a number of issues. Strickland said Ohioans can appreciate many different points of view on various issues, but they don't expect those points of view to vary with one candidate.

Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland), who had formed a nonprofit group last month to explore a potential congressional run, will challenge U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Warrensville Heights) in 2012, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Turner does not have to run to keep her Ohio Senate seat in 2012. The board of elections also reported that at least three others -- Angela Davis, Anthony Perry and Isaac Powell -- have taken out petitions for a possible run in the Democratic primary for the seat.

Portsmouth resident Joe Green announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District, running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland), who is running for re-election. Green, a Pike County resident who currently runs a technical and consulting firm, joins Fred Kundrata, a business owner and Delta Airlines pilot, who is also running for the nomination.

Jim Mueller, a Russell Township trustee, former state representative and Geauga County commissioner, announced that he will run for the Democratic nomination for the 18th Senate District in 2012. Mueller served as a state representative from 1970 to 1974 and as a commissioner from 1976 to 1992 He is the first announced Democrat in the race for the seat now held by Sen. John Eklund (R-Chardon), who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former Sen. Tim Grendell (R-Chesterland).

Rep. Bruce Goodwin (R-Defiance) has decided not to run for a fourth term, the Defiance Crescent-News reported. Paulding County Commissioner Tony Burkley has announced he will seek the seat in 2012.

Portsmouth City Councilman John Haas will run for the newly configured 90th House District in 2012, the Portsmouth Daily Times reported. Haas is seeking to unseat freshman Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), who is expected to run for re-election.

Steven Kraus, a Huron resident who is a real estate agent and a licensed auctioneer, filed his petitions to run for the 9th Congressional District. He is the second Republican to announce for the district that now includes both U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) and Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland). The first was Samuel Wurzelbacher, known in political circles as "Joe the Plumber" during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-St. Clairsville) made it official Wednesday that he will seek his former seat in 2012, setting up a rematch with U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) who defeated him in 2010 by 5 percentage points.

The Ohio Republican Party Thursday announced its endorsement of Ohio Supreme Court Justices Terrence O'Donnell and Robert Cupp for re-election in 2012, and gave its backing to Butler County Common Pleas Judge Sharon Kennedy to take on Justice Yvette McGee Brown.

James Helmink, an attorney who lives in Willowick, became the first to file for the 60th House District seat that will be open after Rep. Lorraine Fende (D-Willowick) is forced from her seat by term limits. Former Rep. Dan Troy, a Lake County commissioner, has also pulled petitions for the seat but had not filed to run as of Thursday. On the Republican side, Painesville Councilwoman Lori DiNallo and Jessica Forsythe of Willowick have pulled petitions but have not filed. The filing deadline is Dec. 7.

Akron Councilman Jeff Fusco said he will challenge freshman Rep. Zack Milkovich (D-Akron) in the Democratic primary in 2012, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.


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