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Political briefs: Aug. 18


Walther announces run for Probate judge

LORAIN — Assistant Lorain City Law Director Jim Walther announced Friday that he is running for outgoing Probate Court Judge Frank Horvath’s job next November.


Walther is the first candidate to announce his candidacy for the job, but several others, including county Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski, have expressed an interest in the job as long as it remains a Probate Court.

The county commissioners recently withdrew support for a Family Court setup, which would eliminate the Probate Court and merge those duties with Domestic Relations. The legislature already approved the change, but local representatives are seeking to rescind that approval.

In addition to working for Lorain, Walther is a former acting judge and magistrate in Lorain Municipal Court and spent years working as a staff attorney for county Common Pleas Judge Edward Zaleski.

Walther also continues to practice as a private attorney, working in the areas of civil litigation, probate and family law.
He said his community involvement and 20 years of experience make him an ideal candidate for the job.

Head of Elyria GOP says he’ll step down

ELYRIA — The chairman of the Elyria Republican Party plans to hand in his resignation in the near future.
Dan Graves, who’s led the party for about 1½ years, said Friday that his job handling marketing accounts for FedEx has become increasingly busy and he can’t dedicate as much time to his political job as he should.

“I just want what’s best for the party,” Graves said.

If Graves does resign, the task of leading the party will fall to Vice Chairman Ray Noble, who Graves said spearheaded the effort to find Republicans to run for office this year.

Graves said once he resigns as chairman, he plans to remain involved with the party as a precinct committeeman, a post he held before he was named chairman.

Noble declined to comment on Graves’ departure.

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