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Friday, September 21, 2007

OH-5: Damschroder (R) Out; New GOP Names Mentioned

I have received an email from a reader in the eastern part of the 5th Congressional District who confirms an anonymous commenter's report that former State Rep. Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) has decided not to run. He goes on to say that because of that decision, and a local desire to have a candidate from the eastern portion of the district, there is a movement underway to get one of the following three people to jump into the race:
* State Rep. Jeff Wagner (R-Sycamore), a farmer, who can only run one more time due to term limits;

* Mayor Terry Overmyer (R-Fremont), a businessman who is the longest-serving mayor in Fremont's history; and,

* Three-term Sandusky County Commissioner Brad Smith (R-Fremont), an attorney, who worked for the Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee under JoAnn Davidson and has served as a City Councilman and an prosecutor.
Any of these candidates would have an uphill battle in the primary, but would carry a lot of votes in the eastern part of the district, and that could tilt the race from State Rep. Bob Latta (centrally located in Bowling Green) toward State Sen. Steve Buehrer (from the western town of Delta).

Clearly, there will be many more meetings held this weekend to figure this all out - but very interesting, not so much because any of these people have a realistic chance to win, but who they take votes away from, thus affecting the outcome.


At September 21, 2007 6:20 PM , Yer faithful servant said...

I called one of our folks at the Wood County BOE. The nominating petition forms can be picked up from any BOE but must be FILED a week from today (before 4:00 PM) with the Wood County BOE (Because it's the most populous county in the District.)

As of the time of my call, four people had sign out petition forms:
• Earl Campbell, Perrysburg, Democrat.
• Rex Damschroder, Fremont, Republican.
• Mark Hollenbaugh, Bowling Green, Republican.
• Bob Latta, Bowling Green, Republican.

And although one must sign out the forms and those names are a matter of public record, anyone can pick up the forms for someone else to run.

So, for example, Dr. Campbell could have been picking up forms for someone else (Robin Weirauch just as an "for instance.")

So the reality is that the situation will remain "fluid" (to say the least!!!) for exactly one more week.

At September 21, 2007 6:48 PM , Anonymous said...

As stated above, you can pick forms up at any BOE or get them online, so nobody really knows who has petitions out! Also, some BOE's do not require you to "sign-out" forms, they just give them to you...

I think it would be great if Fremont's Mayor or Commissioner Smith would jump in, as those guys haven't been tainted by Columbus and have actually accomplished something during their public careers!

At September 21, 2007 7:38 PM , Poli-Sci 101 said...

Very interesting possibilities here all!

Clearly either Jeff Wagner, who has been a very popular state representative with an ag background, or Brad Smith, who has won county-wide numerous times and has a similar legal background to Latta & Buehrer, could cause the younger Latta some real trouble by pulling votes from an area that would otherwise go his way.

Both of these guys won comfortably with credible opponents in the '06 election cycle, when the Dem's swept almost everything.

Not so certain that a local mayor could pull enough votes to really hurt anyone?

At September 22, 2007 4:06 PM , Anonymous said...

I'm about 99.98% sure that Rex, Terry and Jeff are not going to run for Congress...I'm still holding out hope that Brad Smith will...

At September 22, 2007 4:55 PM , Local Lady said...

Sandusky County Commissioner Brad Smith is EXACTLY the type of person we republicans should hope continue to sacrifice their own personal & professional careers for a life of public service.

He is a gifted attorney, smart businessman, great speaker, and is comfortable in his own skin.

In my experience, he has always said exactly what he believes, supports his opinions very well, but is never nasty or political about it. The artful ability to disagree with you, but still be friendly & gracious, even in victory.

Tell me where to send a check and I'll support Smith, long-shot or not!

At September 22, 2007 4:59 PM , Anonymous said...

I'm all for it! Mr. Smith goes to Washington! Run Brad, Run!

At September 22, 2007 5:53 PM , poli-sci 101 said...

"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington!"

What a great campaign the folks behind Commissioner Brad Smith could run with that?

Gotta have some people thinking... and some people sweating!


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