U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, left, and Lucas County GOP Chairman Jon Stainbrook chat during Monday evening's candidate night. Attendees heard from candidates for national, state, and local offices.
Republican candidates on the May 4 ballot talked up their chances of making inroads in predominantly Democratic Lucas County during political sales pitches to Republican voters yesterday.
Candidates running for Congress, the statehouse, the courts, and Lucas County commissioner spoke at the open event sponsored by the Lucas County Republican Party at Packo's at the Park in the Warehouse District.
It was attended by about 70 people, including the assorted candidates.
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green), whose 5th Congressional District includes southwest Lucas County, urged his listeners to pick up the phone when they get home and call 10 friends.
He focused most of his comments on the health-care bill, which he said was based on unrealistic fiscal assumptions and would contribute to a national debt of $20 trillion in 2020.
"We should have done this thing incrementally and done it right," Mr. Latta said. "How are we going to fix it? It's called an election.
"This is the year we're going to turn the House, and God willing we're going to turn the Senate, too," Mr. Latta said.
Also speaking were the two Republican candidates for the 9th Congressional District seat now held by Democrat Marcy Kaptur: former Seaway Food Town owner Rich Iott and former Toledo police chief Jack Smith.
Mr. Iott claimed experience of 30 years in business.
"You deserve to have a candidate that can defeat Marcy Kaptur in the fall," Mr. Iott said.
Mr. Smith said the agenda of congressional Democrats, including immigration, environmental, and labor bills, is sure to keep Republicans steaming mad until the election.
"We've got to keep that intensity that we feel tonight," Mr. Smith said.
The three Republican candidates for the Lucas County Board of Commissioners seat offered their credentials for the seat being vacated at the end of this year by Democrat Ben Konop.
They were Springfield Township Trustee Andy Glenn, Toledo City Councilman George Sarantou, and Oregon businessman Dan Steingraber.
A fourth Republican, Pamela Hanley of Sylvania Township, withdrew. Six Democrats are running for the nomination.
The group heard from Judges Robert Christiansen and Stephen Yarbrough of Lucas County and Frederick Hany of Ottawa County, who are competing for the 6th District Court of Appeals seat now held by Democrat Judge Keila Cosme on appointment from Gov. Ted Strickland, and who is seeking to retain the seat.
Also speaking were Jeffrey Jones and state Rep. Barbara Sears, who are running for the Republican nomination for the 46th House District seat now held by Ms. Sears; Phillip Barbosa and Rick Bush, candidates for the GOP nod for the 47th House District seat; Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski, Republican candidate for the 11th District Senate seat, and Toledo lawyer Mark Davis, running for Lucas County Common Pleas Court.