OH-02: Wagoner (R) Announces He Is Running

As reported in the Toledo Blade here, State Rep. Mark Wagoner (R-Ottawa Hills) will run for the open 2nd Ohio Senate District seat of term-limited State Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green):

He has the blessing of Mr. Gardner and said he has the support of fellow Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green). Until Paul Gillmor's recent death created a congressional vacancy, Mr. Latta was presumed to be the front-runner to swap seats with Mr. Gardner as they did in 2000.

"This is an opportunity I wasn't thinking of two months ago. The passing of Congressman Gillmor has changed that," said Mr. Wagoner, a 36-year-old attorney.

Also in the article, Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) confirms that he will not seek Gardner's seat, although he says it is one of the Democrats' "prime opportunities" and notes that Gov. Ted Strickland (D) carried the district. "There will be an imminent announcement from a terrific candidate with wide name recognition, a tremendous campaigner," said Redfern.

As to what will happen if Latta does not win the special election in the 5th Ohio Congressional District, Wagoner said "I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I have all the confidence that Bob is going to win that congressional race, and he is supporting me in my Senate race."

The 2nd Ohio Senate District is in Wood, Ottawa, Lucas Counties in north/northwest Ohio. It includes the 6th House district (Latta), the 46th House District (Gardner), and 80th House district (Redfern). It leans somewhat Republican (PVI R+5).

"terrific candidate with wide name recognition"

The likely candidate, from Gongwer:

"[Gordy] Heminger is running unopposed this fall for reelection to council in the city's first ward. He said in an interview Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) has "heavily recruited" him to run for the Senate next year and he has spoken with Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern about the possibility."

I’ve been following

I’ve been following Democrat politics for more than 20 years and have never even heard of him. No way Redfern is referring to Gordy Hemminger as someone with teriffic name recognition. Alvie Perkins would be my bet

perkins ran in the 1980s for the senate

and got toasted by Betty Montgomery.

And it's been twenty years

And it's been twenty years since. The Latta-Gardner Term-Limit two-step could be effectively countered by a young guy like Heminger. But against a young, well-financed R, the D's need an established, well-respected name. Gordy ain't even close to that...unless Redfern is of course conceding the seat.

Wagoner

spent almost half a million keeping his house seat in 2006. I bet that punk spends $1 million to gain the Senate seat. Good luck to any non-millionaire Dem who runs against this cash cow.

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