Let’s talk about 2008
Let’s preface this carefully for hyper-sensitive Josh Mandel supporters who read this blog. We’re NOT saying he’s going to do this. However, Solon’s state senate seat will be up in 2008 since Bob Spada will be term-limited out. We assume that the Republicans will let Jim Trakas have the first shot at the nomination.
However, if Rep. Trakas doesn’t want it, we would assume that Josh Mandel would be the favorite for it. We certainly think he would be a stronger candidate than Tom Patton, and certainly stronger than Ed Herman. So, for the record, we’re paying a compliment to the political prowess of Josh Mandel. Okay?
We say all this to start this discussion… IF Solon’s seat in the Ohio House is open in 2008 (meaning no incumbent runs for it), who should the Democrats nominate? Assuming Roger Goudy is not interested, the early field might look something like this:
1. Case law professor and former Congressional candidate Lew Katz (D-Pepper Pike)
2. Former judicial candidate Suzanne Bretz Blum (D-Pepper Pike)
3. 2004 Democratic nominee, former Solon Democratic Club President David Pomerantz (D-Solon)
4. Jill Miller Zimon of the Writes Like She Talks blog (D-Pepper Pike?)
5. Broadview Heights City Councilman David Wondolowski (D-Broadview Heights)
6. Former Seven Hills Mayor Gerald Trafis (D-Seven Hills)
Why is this important to think about now? Well, the Democrats picked up seven seats in the House this year, and are just four from the majority. 2008 would be the year to finish the job.
As for the Senate seat... the Dems should probably nominate someone from North Royalton or Strongsville. Unless, of course, Jimmy Dimora can be talked into running (he lives in Independence now).