OH House-42: Audio and Photos From Moran (D) Campaign Kickoff
Yesterday I drove down to Cuyahoga Falls to attend the official campaign launch for Mike Moran (D-Hudson), a lawyer and businessman who is seeking the 42nd Ohio House District seat of Rep. John Widowfield (R-Cuyahoga Falls). Scott Piepho of Pho's Akron Pages was there and has posted a thorough report, so I will not reinvent the wheel here. Just for the record, I share Pho's impression that Moran is a top-notch candidate. Not only is he a high-energy and engaging person, with a terrific background as a lawyer, engineer, businessman, and a parent who is not only a product of public schools but has kids in public schools now, he has the strategic advantage of living in conservative Hudson. In fact, he is a member of the city council there. Since the Republican incumbent did not carry Cuyahoga Falls in the last election and failed in his bid for the Cuyahoga Falls Clerk of Courts this fall, Moran seems well positioned to do well in both areas: benefiting from the Democratic trend in Cuyahoga Falls, and capitalizing on his home field advantage in Hudson.
Here is the complete audio of the formal presentation (consisting of an introduction by House Democratic Leader Joyce Beatty (D-Columbus) and brief remarks by Moran), about 12 minutes long:
Beatty was practically giddy with excitement about introducing Moran, saying that she could not imagine a better candidate. Moran emphasized his background in law, engineering and business, and focused on solid Democratic issues of jobs, education, and health care. Here are some photos from the event:
Pictured here is Beatty handing off the microphone to Moran, with Cuyahoga Falls City Council member (and former state representative candidate) Diana Colavecchio behind them.
Moran has an infectious smile and enthusiasm. There were about 60 people at the event and the mood was very upbeat.
The entourage of elected officials was impressive. Pictured are a trio of state representatives, Matt Szollosi (D-Oregon), Brian Williams (D-Akron), and Steve Dyer (D-Green). Also in attendance were Clerk of Courts Lisa Zeno Carano, Cuyahoga Falls City Council members Diana Colavecchio and Jerry James, and Mayor Karen Fritschel from Stow.
The 42nd District is in Summit County in northeast Ohio and includes Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Monroe Falls, and Silver Lake. It leans somewhat Republican (PVI R+4.2). Widowfield defeated Paul Colavecchio (D-Cuyahoga Falls) by 51.25% to 48.75% in 2006, and Diana Colavecchio (D-Cuyahoga Falls) got 43.11% against Widowfield in 2004.