First the speculation: former State Rep. Jamie Callendar WILL run against Rep. "Liberal" Loraine Fende for the OH-62 State House Race. Former Rep. Callendar has pulled petitions according to staff at Lake County's BOE; confirmed by telephone. Callender told a source that he "has this one in the bag."
The question is, does Callender have the roughly $100, 000 it will take to beat "liberal" Loraine the entrenched Western Lake County do nothing?
Both candidates have their problems. First, Liberal Lorraine is "the accidental politician." Liberal Lorraine was plucked from her Red Cross job, making coffee at blood drives, and placed on Willowick City Council by her then Willowwick Police Chief Dad. After ten years of haning out on City Council, Liberal Lorraine, was elected Mayor with no oppostion. Ten years of taking up space in the Willowwick Mayor's Office gave Liberal Loraine 20 years of elected service in Western Lake County. To top it off: Liberal Loraine has been "dating" Willoughby Munipcal Court Judge Larry Allen. Of course, Judge Allen uses the fear his judgeship puts in people's hearts to get his bed fellow re-elected year-after-year.
Callender has his problems as candidate.... Callender and his wife had a nasty split that caused one to walk out on the other...stories of what happened are varied. The bigger problem is that Callender can not effectively call Liberal Loraine TAX RAISER....Callender voted for tax increases proposed by Bob Taft; in fact, sources tell us he issued a press release calling Taft's budget "courageous."
Bottom line in OH-62: Callender and Liberal Loraine will extend their personal soap operas to the air waves and run attack adds. However, Liberal Loraine will pull it out.
Now onto OH-63.
We all know Rep. Mark Schnieder was elected to a district he moved into just to run for office: Schnieder is a carpet bagger. To make matters worse State Sen. Tim Grendell endorsed Mark Schenider, which basically cost Carrol Anne Schindel the race in 2008. Everyone can see Mark Schnieder is a blow hard and carpet bagger; actually he looks like a used car salesman.
Enter former State Rep. Ron Young. Ron round served in the Ohio house from 1997 - 2004, until term limits prevented him frmo running again. Ron Young then ran for Lake County Treasurer; Ron young was defeated badly by Lake County Treasurer John Crocker. However, this should not hurt Ron Young too badly. That is of course, becuase he is running against Mark Schiender.
Ron Young has something important going for him: Mark Schnieder raised your taxes. Roun Young voted against the Bob Taft tax hike debacle. Ron Young will HAMMER Schnieder on raising taxes.
Bottom line: Ron Young will win a close race. House Minority Leader Bill Batcheleder recruited Ron Young and will see that he gets the money. Ron Young will win a close race.
Note: Jamie Callender can not use the tax hike card too much. Jamie Callender voted for the bob Taft tax hike debacle. Therefore, he must be careful what he says about Liberal Loraine's tax hiking.
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