September 1, 2014

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Lundy pulls petitions for commissioner run

Matt Lundy

Matt Lundy

ELYRIA — It was back in March when state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, first announced his plans to run for Lorain County commissioner next year.

Thursday, just two days after the general election, he solidified those plans by pulling petitions aimed a securing a place on the ballot in the upcoming May primary election.

He was the first such candidate to request the documents from the Lorain County Board of Elections.

Pulling petitions is a first step for any candidate. It allows them to garner a specific number of signatures from registered voters who, by signing, attest to supporting such a candidacy.

Lundy is serving in his last two years in the Ohio House of Representatives due to term limits,. He is seeking the seat held by county Commissioner Tom Williams, the three-member board’s lone Republican.

“I have always worked hard in Columbus to represent all of Lorain County, not just my state house district,” he said. “If given the opportunity to serve at home as a county commissioner, I can continue to fight for the families of Lorain County.”

A former reporter, Lundy has served as an Avon Lake city councilman and was assistant safety-service director in Elyria under former Mayor Bill Grace. He previously ran for county commissioner in 1994, but lost in the primary to now-retired Commissioner Betty Blair.

Williams, who lives in Amherst, said he plans to seek re-election. He has previously said his record and reputation will speak for itself in the upcoming campaign.

  • Bill

    Tom Williams is the answer for Lorain County. Let’s not go back to the 3 D’s dictatorship again. You may think Lundy has the county’s interest at heart, think again. The ONLY reason he is running is his gravy train with the Federal Govt has ended.

  • Allen

    I think what he meant to say was ..”continue to fight for my seat at the public trough to which I have become accustomed”

    A career politician who wants to stay on the public dole.

  • rocky

    So true

  • theescarletandgray

    Voting for Lundy would be voting FOR a sales tax hike. Commissioners Kalo and Kokoski want the sales tax increase. It was voted down by the county with 66% saying no thank you. If all three commissioners were of the Democratic Party they would pass the increase onto the taxpayers in an emergency clause without a vote being required from voters. Commissioner Williams has done a fantastic job working to trim the county budget.

    • Bob Owens

      And how are you liking the Kasich tax hike?

      • theescarletandgray

        The one that is cutting the overall sales tax and income tax? Yes, I don’t mind it.

        • Bob Owens

          The Ohio sales tax just went up.

  • theescarletandgray

    The commissioners could raise the sales tax rate on their own as an emergency, although Williams said he won’t vote for that. Kalo and Commissioner Lori Kokoski also could theoretically put the issue on without Williams, although that would automatically send it to the polls. – See more at: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/11/06/lorain-county-voters-reject-sales-tax-hike/#sthash.UcAicKL8.dpuf

    Voting for Lundy would allow the Commissioners to raise the sales tax as an emergency.

  • GreatRedeemer

    So where does Mr. Lundy stand on the public employees pension transparency and reform he tried to move forward in Columbus ?

  • Jose Soto

    Commissioner Williams is respected by the voters of Lorain County. While they may not always agree with him they understand his position and what he is trying to accomplish.
    Commissioner Williams represents the entire county and is willing to go against the status quo.
    His actions has brought attention to the games that the democrat party has been playing with our tax dollars. Commissioner Williams challenges the elected officials on their budgets and hiring practices. He is trying to run the county as a business.
    Commissioner Williams listens to the residents and encourages them to get involved. He is open and is willing to discuss the issues and explain his views to you. He’s available and easy to contact…his cell number is on his vehicle.
    We need commissioner Williams, please join me in supporting him.

  • Jose Soto

    Commissioner Williams is respected by the voters of Lorain County. While they may not always agree with him they understand his position and what he is trying to accomplish.
    Commissioner Williams represents the entire county and is willing to go against the status quo.
    His actions has brought attention to the games that the democrat party has been playing with our tax dollars. Commissioner Williams challenges the elected officials on their budgets and hiring practices. He is trying to run the county as a business.
    Commissioner Williams listens to the residents and encourages them to get involved. He is open and is willing to discuss the issues and explain his views to you. He’s available and easy to contact…his cell number is on his vehicle.
    We need commissioner Williams, please join me in supporting him.

  • Lord Anoobis

    I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about Lundy’s track record.

    I am very happy with the job that Tom Williams has done. He, at times, is the voice of reason among the county commissioners. It’s laughable that they would even entertain the thought of simply voting in a sales tax. Did the commissioners not get the message that was sent with the results from Tuesday’s election?

    I understand that the county is hurting. Hell, many of us are. Unfortunately, we don’t get to vote raises for ourselves (or in the county’s case, sales tax increases). People have to live within their means and sacrifice. The government, whatever level it is, needs to do the same thing.

  • John Boy

    It is sad that these type of elections aren’t non-partisan. Unfortunately for Tom Williams he is a R running in a D county. He should win in a landslide, he has proven time and again that he wants what is best for Lorain County. There are just too many people who will vote for the D because they always have and always will. Good luck Tom while I don’t live in Lorain County it will always be home and I would love to see Lorain County succeed.

    • Bill

      Exactly.

  • Heath J

    Call me crazy, but maybe he should go get a real job, instead of jockeying to stay on the public teat.

  • wahoo99

    I will you why I would not vote for Mr. Lundy, look at way the congressional districts are drawn up. A seven year old could have done better.

    • Bob Owens

      Um-the GOP gerrymandered the Ohio districts. Wow.

      • wahoo99

        I am voting out all the slugs who cannot show me one thing that they have accomplished. Did not hear one complaint from anyone from Elyria. Still no public school funding change over a decade after being found “illegal” by the court.

  • Bob Owens

    And just whatt is t that Mr. Williams has accomplished?

  • GreatRedeemer

    Lorain county needs new leadership not another retread.

  • bigmacky

    another politician with his agenda skewed towards himself – hey you served in office now go work in the private sector – the main problem with politics? the same people OVER AND OVER AND OVER getting so comfy and secure that they lose sight of what they were elected for – term limits on every elected official – the only way to breathe life into a dead horse

  • Rosa Garcia-Gee

    State Rep. Matt Lundy has done a lot for Lorain County Residents. His record as a State Representative shows how much he cares about Lorain County Residents.

    • MrRespect

      Please list his accomplishment’s for everyone to see. You obviously know his record as a State Representative, so you should be able to let others know. It will help explain why we should vote for Mr. Lundy. Just a general statement that he has done a lot for Lorain County Residents is not enough!