By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Tuesday is make-or-break day for more than a dozen Republicans and Democrats who are seeking to represent their party in Hamilton County's November general election.
The most hotly contested primary race is Pat DeWine's challenge to County Commissioner John Dowlin in the GOP primary. Cincinnati Councilman DeWine, of Pleasant Ridge, surprised some Republicans in December by announcing he would run against Dowlin, a 13-year incumbent from Sharonville.
On the Democratic ballot, bus driver Kabaka Oba of Lincoln Heights and college student Erich Streckfuss of Westwood are competing to take on the Dowlin-DeWine winner in the Republican-leaning county.
The second commissioner seat up for election this year has prompted a five-way Republican primary. The winner will take on Democratic incumbent Todd Portune, the only commission candidate with no opposition next week.
Running to oppose Portune are Blue Ash Councilman Jim Sumner, former Cincinnati
Councilman Chris Monzel of Winton Place, retired Judge David Grossmann of Springfield
Trustee Russ Jackson and financial planner Sandra Hall of Sycamore Township.
Other contested races in Hamilton County:
Ohio House, 29th District: Republican state Sen. Louis Blessing, who's facing term limits, is running for the House instead. He has competition from two fellow Republicans: Colerain Township Trustee Keith Corman and Springfield Township Clerk John Waksmundski. The winner will face Democrat Joseph Wolterman of Colerain.
Ohio House, 34th District: State Rep. Tom Brinkman of Mount Lookout is being challenged in the GOP primary by Anderson Township resident Greg Delev. The winner will face Democrat Glenn Miller of Anderson Township.
U.S. House, 1st District: Greg Harris of Clifton and Richard Lerner of Amberley Village are competing for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Steve Chabot of Westwood.
U.S. House, 2nd District: Mark Crummie of Manchester and Charles Sanders of Waynesville are competing for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Rob Portman of Terrace Park.
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