So, of all the candidates on the November ballot in southwest Ohio, which have the highest mountains to climb?
The answer may well be these three Democrats – Fred Kundrata, Marek Tyszkiewicz, and Tom Poetter.
They are the Democratic candidates for the U.S. House taking on three well-known and well-funded Republican incumbents in districts that are very friendly to Republicans – Steve Chabot, Brad Wenstrup, and House Speaker John Boehner, respectively.
Candidates for judgeships in Ohio are in a unique and somewhat odd position.
They run in primary elections as Democrats or Republicans. But, when the general election rolls around, their names appear on the ballot without party designation.
So, unless you are a person who pays close attention to politics or somebody – usually the judicial candidate’s political party – tells you whether or not he or she is a Democrat or a Republican, you may go to the polls totally in the dark about which is which.
And the judicial races are usually stuck at the bottom of the ballot.
WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talked this morning with Maryanne Zeleznik about the 9th Ohio Senate District race between Republican Charlie Winburn and Democrat Cecil Thomas; and Bill Clinton's message to Ohio Democrats.
When Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley unveiled his city budget plan in mid-May, his hand-picked chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Republican Charlie Winburn, vowed that the budget would be passed by June 4.
No waiting around until the last minute, Winburn said – which, in this case, would have been June 30.
And he did. Council passed that budget Wednesday, although they still have to deal with the issue of a water rate increase.