OH House-42: Widowfield (R) Resigns Amid Investigation of Football Ticket Sales
State Rep. John Widowfield (R-Cuyahoga Falls) abruptly resigned yesterday after the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee began looking into allegations that he scalped for profit OSU football tickets that he had purchased with campaign funds.
Widowfield had decided not to seek re-election after losing a bid for Clerk of Municipal Courts last year. He is running against Paul Colavecchio (D-Cuyahoga Falls) for the open 3rd District seat on the Summit County Council, but according to Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted (R-Kettering) Widowfield was going to resign at the end of the month to take some other job. Presumably the GOP candidate for the open seat, Richard Nero (R-Hudson), will be appointed to replace Widowfield so he can run as an incumbent.
The Democrats have a very strong candidate in the OH House-42 race, attorney and city council member Mike Moran (D-Hudson). The district has a slight Republican lean (PVI R+4.2).