Tuesday, March 2, 2004

2 seek Ohio Senate seat


County/state issues

The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Associated Press

The primary pits two Republican state representatives fighting for an Ohio Senate seat.

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Jean Schmidt and Tom Niehaus are giving up the Ohio House seats they each have held for three years to make a run for the Senate.

The 14th Senate District seat opened because incumbent Doug White, R-Manchester, is term-limited.

The 14th District includes Clermont, Brown, Adams and Scioto counties and the western part of Lawrence County.

Other contested races:

• 66th House District: Five Republicans are competing for the seat Schmidt is leaving:

Joseph Uecker, a Miami Township trustee for 14 years who is an administrator with the Clermont County engineer's office; Jeffrey Hardin, a loan officer who lives in Miami Township and had been a county clerk-treasurer in northeastern Ohio; Carl Dorsch, a former Union Township trustee who is a self-employed technical writer; Donovan Donohoo Sr., a retired CPA who lives in Miami Township and has been a lobbyist for the Ohio Society of CPAs; and Mark Daniels, pastor of Friendship Lutheran Church in Pierce Township and a resident of Clermont's Union Township.

• 88th House District: Three Republicans are seeking the seat Niehaus is leaving:

Curt Carl Hartman, an attorney and a Pierce Township trustee; Harry Cooper Snyder, a Stonelick Township resident who is Highland County economic development director; and Danny Bubp, a West Union attorney and former judge in Adams County.

Contested Clermont County offices are:

• Recorder - Republican incumbent Carolyn Green versus Deborah Clepper, a Batavia Township trustee.

• Coroner - Republican incumbent Brian Treon, a hospital emergency-room physician who lives in Miami Township, and Raymond Lee Davidson, a retired physician who lives in Union Township, are seeking the GOP nomination.

Democrats in the 2nd Congressional District will choose between Mark Crummie of Manchester and Charles Sanders of Waynesville. Republican incumbent is Rob Portman of Terrace Park.

There's also an issue for Loveland residents. Nearly two years after Loveland City Council changed the zoning code to allow a commercial project at the historic White Pillars site, the issue comes to the polls.

Residents will decide whether land of at least 5 acres can be rezoned for business even if it is in a residential area.Hamilton County

The most hotly contested primary race in Hamilton County is Pat DeWine's challenge to County Commissioner John Dowlin in the GOP primary.

DeWine, of Pleasant Ridge, is a Cincinnati city councilman. Dowlin is 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. The winner meets the Dowlin-DeWine victor in November.

A second commission seat up this year has prompted a five-way Republican primary. The winner will take on Democratic incumbent Todd Portune, who is unopposed.

Running to oppose Portune are Blue Ash Councilman Jim Sumner, former Cincinnati Councilman Chris Monzel of Winton Place, retired Judge David Grossmann of Springfield Township, Anderson Township 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 is running for the House against 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.

Hamilton County Democrats also will decide two congressional primaries:

• U.S. House, 1st District: Greg Harris of Clifton versus Richard Lerner of Amberley Village. Republican incumbent is Steve Chabot of Westwood.

• U.S. House, 2nd District: Mark Crummie of Manchester versus Charles Sanders of Waynesville. Republican incumbent is Rob Portman of Terrace Park.

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A visitor passes through the rotunda at Union Terminal.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
Voters all over the county will be asked to approve a 0.2-mill, five-year levy for the Cincinnati Museum Center to help pay for upkeep of Union Terminal. It would raise $3.6 million a year toward the estimated $20 million in needed repairs and improvements and help with the building's $2.6 million annual maintenance bill.

The levy would cost $5.89 a year for the owner of a $100,000 house.

Elsewhere:

Evendale residents will decide whether to amend the village charter to allow a nonprofit organization, the Gorman Heritage Farm Foundation, run the 100-acre historic farm without going through competitive bidding.

In Springdale and Fairfax, residents will decide whether to raise earnings-tax rates by a half-percentage point.

Fairfax is trying a second time to pass an increase to 1.75 percent. The issue failed in November by one vote. The increase is needed to make up a $250,000 loss in revenue since 2000.

Approval in Springdale would raise the city's income tax to 1.5 percent, the first increase in 32 years. City officials said they need more money to help close a $2.3 million revenue shortfall.

Voinovich challenged

COLUMBUS - Republican Sen. George Voinovich and Democrat Eric Fingerhut, a state senator from Cleveland, face primary opposition today.

John Mitchel, a Dayton-area Republican, is challenging Voinovich. Democrat Norbert Dennerll of Elyria, a former Cleveland City Council member, has run a low-key campaign against Fingerhut.

The only other statewide race is for a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court vacated by retiring Democratic Justice Francis Sweeney.

W. Scott Gwin, an appeals judge from Canton, won the endorsement of the Ohio Democratic Party against Nancy Fuerst, a common pleas judge from Cleveland.

There are no primaries in the other three Supreme Court races.




ELECTION 2004
Kerry, Edwards bash Bush on eve of vote
2 seek Ohio Senate seat
Same-sex debate comes to Ky.
Local NAACP to pay voters $2 to register
Four vie for Warren seat
Region's voters to decide 19 issues
Enquirer endorsements
2004 Election Guide

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