Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune had a really bad experience with the Ohio Democratic Party early this year – especially with state party chairman Chris Redfern.
Last December, Portune – the only Democrat on the county commission – started crisscrossing the state in an attempt to build support to run for Ohio governor.
The problem was that Portune started too late – Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive – had been campaigning since early in 2013; and had already wrapped up the party establishment and the endorsement of the state party.
Republicans were dancing on their desks Tuesday night. Democrats’ chins were dragging on the floor. But before we shut the door on the 2014 election, here are some final thoughts on what happened Tuesday, especially here in southwest Ohio.
Conventional wisdom had the 9th Ohio Senate District race between former Cincinnati council member Cecil Thomas and current council member Charlie Winburn going down to the wire.
But, in the end, Thomas crushed Winburn, knocking him flatter than a pancake with 57 percent of the vote.
The makeup of the Hamilton County Commission won't change after Tuesday’s elections. When County Commission President Chris Monzel voted to separate Music Hall from the “Save Our Icons” proposal, some voters were incensed, and took a renewed interest in his re-election campaign. His official Democratic challenger was Sean Patrick Feeney, a relative unknown to local politics. Feeney refused to step aside for a more well-known name: former Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell. Tarbell mounted his own write-in campaign. But in the end, it didn't matter. Tarbell pulled in only about 3.5% of the vote, w