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May primary will feature crowded domestic relations judge's race


SHEFFIELD TWP. — Only one of the incumbent candidates running for judge in Lorain County will have competition in the May 8 primary election: Domestic Relations Judge Lisa Swenski.

Wednesday marked the filing deadline for candidates looking to run in the primary, and Swenski’s seat was the only one that won’t be unopposed. Swenski will face a crowded Democratic primary, against magistrate Charlita Anderson and defense attorneys Jack Bradley and Mike Duff face off in the Democratic primary race.

One candidate, Republican defense attorney Jenifer Berki Merrill, filed to run against Common Pleas Court Judge John Miraldi, a Democrat. The two won’t face off until the November general election.

Miraldi has been in the news lately after his son, Jeffrey Miraldi, 20, was connected to an incident in which Cody Snyder, 19, was shot and killed in a drug deal police say went bad. Miraldi is the registered owner of the car in which the shooting took place. Berki Merril is the defense attorney for Kajaun Anderson, who police say shot and killed Snyder.

Common Pleas Court judges Raymond Ewers, Chris Cook and James Miraldi and Domestic Relations Judge Frank Janik, all Democrats, will run unopposed in the primary. The only competition they could face would come in November in the form of a write-in candidate. The deadline for write-in candidates to file is the day before the May primary.

County Commissioner Matt Lundy will run unopposed in the primary in his bid for re-election, as will Republican John Ciarrone, of Wellington. The two will face each other for Lundy’s seat in the general election.

County Auditor Craig Snodgrass will run unopposed for re-election.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, will face Joseph Miller, of Marion, in the primary for Jordan’s 4th District seat in the U.S. House. Four Democratic candidates will square off in the primary for the opportunity to face the Republican candidate later in the year: Norbert Dennerll Jr., of Elyria, Janet Garrett, of Oberlin, Leah Sellers, of Marysville, and Cody Slatzer-Rose, of New Albany.

Republican Terry Robertson, of Medina, will look to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, from his 9th Congressional District seat in the primary. Democrat Kenneth Harbaugh, of Avon, is running on the Democratic side.

Lorain’s Joshua Garcia has filed to run against U.S. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, for Kaptur’s 9th Congressional seat. Steven Kraus, of Sandusky, filed on the Republican side.

In the Ohio State Senate, Republican Nathan Manning, who serves in the Ohio House of Representatives, seeks to win the Senate seat being vacated by his mother, Gayle Manning, who is term-limited. Nathan Manning will face Ryan Sawyer, of Norwalk, in the primary.

On the Democratic side, former Oberlin City Council member David Ashenhurst, Rob McFarland, of Lorain, and Sharon Sweda, of Amherst, hope to be their party’s candidate for the 13th District seat in November.

Gayle Manning is running for the 55th Ohio House District, which Nathan Manning holds. Gayle Manning will be unopposed in the primary, but will face Green Party candidate Andrew Smith, of Elyria, and Democrat Kelly Kraus Mencke, of Elyria, in the general election.

Mark Ballard II, of Lorain, Joe Miller, of Amherst, Claudia Olaes, of Oberlin, and Cory Shawver, of Lorain, are seeking to be the Democratic candidate in the 56th Ohio House District to replace Dan Ramos, who is term-limited. Rob Weber, of Oberlin, will run on the Republican side.

In the 57th Ohio House District, state Rep. Dick Stein, R-Norwalk, will run unopposed in the primary, as will Democrat James Johnson, of Willard, on the Democratic side.

Ashenhurst and Ramos each filed as candidates in the 13th Senatorial District State Central Committee for Democrat on the men’s side. Ann Tanner, of Elyria, was the lone Democrat to file on the women’s side.

Diane Cox, of Avon, Kirsten Penton Hill, of Amherst, and Patty Stein, of Norwalk and wife of Dick Stein, have filed as candidates for the State Central Committee for the women’s seat as Republicans.

David Moore, of Amherst, filed on the Republican men’s side.

Jacob Ellis, of Lorain, and Andrew Smith, of Elyria, filed for the State Central Committee Green Party.

The primary election will take place May 8.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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