NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Nathan Manning, a prosecutor for the city of North Ridgeville and the son of state Sen. Gayle Manning, announced Friday that he will run for the state representative seat being vacated by Elyria Democrat Matt Lundy at the end of the year.
Lundy, who is term-limited and unable to seek another two-year term, has announced plans to run against Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, a Republican.
Both Mannings are Republicans, and Gayle Manning is seeking a second four-year term in the state Senate this year.
“This is something that I’ve always wanted to do,” Nathan Manning said, adding that he sees an opportunity with the open seat.
He would follow in the footsteps of his father, the late Jeff Manning, who served as a state representative before becoming county prosecutor.
Gayle Manning said she supports her son’s bid.
“I’m very, very proud of him that he wants to get involved and give back,” she said. “He’s following more in his father’s footsteps than mine.”
Gayle Manning was a public school teacher for years before running for office after her husband’s death.
Lundy, however, said he questions whether voters will approve of having two Mannings in the Legislature.
“I would think voters would be very concerned about one family controlling two votes in Columbus,” he said.
Lorain County is part of Gayle Manning’s Senate district, while Lundy represents Avon Lake, Elyria, Grafton, Sheffield, Carlisle Township, Elyria Township and part of North Ridgeville.
Nathan Manning, 31, said he’s not surprised by Lundy’s comment.
“It’s not a concern for me,” he said. “We’re different people. We have different ideas.”
Gayle Manning also dismissed Lundy’s criticism and said it could be good for Lorain County to have two elected representatives who could work closely together in Columbus.
In addition to working as a prosecutor for North Ridgeville, Nathan Manning also runs a private law firm with his sister, Allison Manning.
On the Democratic side, Elyria City Councilman Marcus Madison, D-5th Ward, and attorney Brendan Mackin have both pulled petitions to run in the primary.