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OH-18: Zack Space had a Good Day Yesterday

February 19th, 2010 Matt Comments off

I love primaries, but 9 candidates? Good grief. The rest of these candidates are long shots, with his entire campaign team leaving what the hell is Fred Dailey doing?:

Beau Bromberg of Newark: Bromberg is the sales manager of the Rent-a-Center in Newark. He also ran for the seat in 2008, losing the primary with 7.6 percent of the vote. He is a member of the Tea Party movement. Bromberg has not yet registered with the FEC.

Fred Dailey of New Philadelphia: Dailey is a former director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and a Vietnam veteran. Space defeated Dailey in 2008 with 60 percent of the vote. Dailey had raised $90,300 as of Dec. 31, the most recent information available from the FEC.

Dave Daubenmire of Bowling Green Township, Licking County: Daubenmire is a former Heath High School football coach and a conservative religious evangelist. His information is not yet listed with the FEC.

Bob Gibbs of Lakeville: Gibbs is serving his first term in the state Senate. He was also a member of the Ohio House from 2003 to 2008. He used to own a swine production farm, retiring in 2004. Gibbs leads in fundraising among Republican candidates, raising $216,096 through Dec. 31, the most recent information available.

Ron Hood of Ashville: Hood is a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Hood ran in the primary for the 7th Congressional District in 2008, losing to Steve Austria. (Congressional candidates are not required to live in the district.)

Hombre Michael Liggett of Dover: Liggett has been a pastor for 16 years in Dover. He has registered with the FEC, but has not reported raising any money.

Jeanette Moll of New Concord: Moll is a former magistrate judge and mediator for the Guernsey County Court of Common Pleas. She now practices law out of Zanesville.
Moll ranks second in fundraising among Republicans, having raised $116,226 as of Dec. 31. Moll also ran in 2008, losing to Dailey in the primary with 31 percent.

Michael Royer: Information on Royer was not immediately available.

Helen Haskett Wolfe of Lancaster: This is Wolfe’s first run for public office. She considers herself part of the Tea Party movement, according to The Athens Messenger. She works at the Lancaster Wal-Mart.

I am also curious about Ron Hood, as I hear he is running thanks one well-financed conservative group. I know him and he was a very conservative legislator, but there were only vague rumors he was running until this week.

Regardless, even though it will be a tough reelection campaign considering how out of touch he is with his district, I’m suddenly less optimistic about defeating Space.

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OH-18: Holmes County GOP Endorses Bob Gibbs

February 13th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the inbox:

(Millersburg) – Republican State Senator Bob Gibbs won the endorsement of the Holmes County Republican Party today in his bid to unseat Zack Space in Ohio’s 18th Congressional District. Holmes is the first county party to endorse in the race.

“I am very pleased that Holmes County has once again recognized Bob’s experience in state government and his enthusiasm in representing Holmes County’s interests in Congress,” said County Republican Chairman Bob Hovis.

Gibbs won over the support of the committee largely by demonstrating his strength and ability to win in the Fall. He told the Committee in his remarks that he had raised over $250,000 in his bid for Congress, more than three times the amount of any other candidate. He has key support among the grassroots, including several County Chairs, the entire Republican delegation to the Ohio House and Senate from the district, and several Ohio Republican members of Congress. He was also lauded by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity for signing the “No Climate Tax Pledge”.

As you can see, the Gibbs campaign will have a lot to say about the “climate tax,” as it relates to how Zack Space’s voted in favor of Cap and Trade when the heart of Ohio’s coal industry existing inside the district.

Considering that Fred Dailey’s campaign consulting firm and media firm just recently stopped working for him (his campaign manager endorsed Gibbs), I think it is fair to say the conservative Gibbs will be the Republican candidate. (Unless crazy-fringe Coach Dave pulls off an upset!)

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