I’m sorry for being a day late on this. There are a lot of candidates announcing for state rep this week that I’ll be writing about. But one campaign that I’m especially excited about is Bill Todd, prominent lawyer and former Columbus mayoral candidate, running for State Representative:
I know Mr. Todd well, and as he said in Gongwer, I know him to be a conservative Catholic and a true Reagan Republican.
From Gongwer (Nov. 16) $$$:
Mr. Todd said he believes Ohioans will express a preference next year for “seasoned, center-right Republican” candidates.
“In fact, I believe that the most likely reason a Republican candidate will fail in Ohio next year is if he or she is simply a ‘Democrat-Lite,’ masquerading as a committed Republican,” Mr. Todd said in a letter to members of the Franklin County Republican Central Committee.
Declaring a “commitment to fiscal conservatism,” Mr. Todd identified funding of the Medicaid program as one of the most important issues facing the state over the next decade.
“In addition, I believe that the Republican Party must continue to adhere to its core principles in the area of social values,” he said.
What makes this interesting is that it will be a contested primary against a number of candidates, including Matt Carle, former campaign manager for former Senator Mike DeWine. In this race, Carle is very much the Scozzafava-candidate, as he is pro-abortion and anti-gun. And in this environment, party bosses are no match for the conservative grassroots.
The seat has a history of being held by Republican, as Rep. Garland rode the 2008 Obamasunami to defeat the incumbent, former Gahanna Mayor Jim McGregor. This will be an interesting race to watch, especially now that House Republicans are far closer to reclaiming the majority than anyone would have imagined was possible a year ago… and could do it with a team of small-government conservatives like Bill Todd.