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Gayle Manning to seek re-election to state Senate

Gayle Manning

Gayle Manning

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — State Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, announced Thursday she has filed petitions to seek a second term in the Ohio Senate.

Manning was elected to her 13th District seat in November 2010 after winning a close race over incumbent Democrat Sue Morano of Lorain that saw the two candidates separated by fewer than 500 votes in Lorain County.

The 13th District encompasses all of Lorain and Huron counties, as well as eastern Seneca County.

A former public school teacher and wife of the late Jeff Manning, who served two terms for the 57th Ohio House District, Gayle Manning said it took her a couple of years to adapt to the political arena.

“I feel like I’ve made a difference in my district,” Manning said. “I care about it, and I’d certainly like to continue. I fight hard for Huron and Lorain counties, and make them realize (state legislators) that we’re here and we’re very important.”

One of the biggest ways in which Manning demonstrated that was by working to retain state control of the Ohio Turnpike and retention of toll revenue for northern Ohio in her role as chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

“That taught me I had more fight in me than I realized,” Manning said of the sometimes tempestuous arguments between Senate and House members over uses for Turnpike tolls, which some wanted to see go to highway and roadwork statewide.

“We tried to work it out but couldn’t come to a consensus,” Manning said. “Being a third-grade teacher I’ve always been very calm, but sometimes I get a little angry, and once after three hours (of political arguments), I sort of lost it. I said I’d compromise on other issues but not on this.”

The eventual biennial state transportation budget included Manning’s amendment ensuring Turnpike revenue would be used for projects in areas near the toll road to benefit the majority of Turnpike users.

The budget also calls for major infrastructure projects statewide to be funded through the sale of bonds leveraged against the value of the Turnpike. The transportation budget is also expected to create up to 65,000 jobs over the next three years.

“I learned a lot in that role … made a lot of good relationships … and would like to continue in that role,” Manning said, referring to her chairmanship of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Manning is expected to be challenged for her seat by Democrat Eric Kaple, a chiropractor from Willard in Huron County.

Kaple filed petitions earlier this week with the Lorain County Board of Elections for the May primary.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.

  • Paul Facinelli

    Unless you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a member of the heavily monied 1%, a vote for a Republican at any level of government is a vote against your self-interest. Therefore, I expect Ms. Manning to be re-elected.

    • Pablo Jones

      How have the Democrats in Elyria, Lorain County, or other Democrat controlled areas (Detroit) improved people’s lives. If they are for the working class, the working class should be thriving in those areas. Yet the Democrat controlled areas are failing and people are fleeing.

      • Earl K.

        Exactly. I intended my post to be a reply to his. I live in Elyria and have seen my house payment go up over 20% in 4 years due entirely to levies. Property values are plummeting given that people are tripping over themselves to get out of here. And, sadly, these fools keep voting the same way.

        • Bob Owens

          Hmm. You must have a very low house payment. 20%-come on. I’ve lived for a long time, never seen that type of tax hike.

        • Sue Lawson

          So true. She is all for adding more money to schools paid for by the property owners. No way am I voting for her.

      • Tommy Peel

        Last time I checked, she was a republican.

        • Bob Owens

          In step with John Kasich-they took our Liquor sales profits(two Billion in 2011) and gave it to their No “Jobs Ohio” scam. I can’t wait til November..

          • Earl K.

            He cut your taxes and created a surplus while doing it. Maybe you like higher taxes? Upstate New York is great! Plenty of land and cheap housing because nobody wants to live there. They have taxed the jobs out of the state and have no hope of revival without a political earthquake.

          • Tommy Peel

            He cut 1.8billion from education in his first budget. Thats how he created a surplus. Also he took money from local governments.

          • Earl K.

            Why should the state be giving handouts to local governments anyway? They have the ability to collect taxes and should be decent custodians to be able to pay their own bills. Poor money management is the hallmark of dumbocrat-run cities and counties.

          • Tommy Peel

            When Kasich leaves office your property taxes will go up 40%. And he will continue to steal money from the taxpayers in the name of privatization.

          • Earl K.

            Yes, I know, he’s a thief. Amazing how states controlled and run by conservatives (for years) are so much more successful that those run by dumbocrats. I honestly wish we could divide the country in half, build a 50 foot high wall and put me and those that think like me in one half, and you and the other Obama voters in the other. And no, you would never be allowed to our side no matter how much you beg. Ahh, but a dream.

          • Tommy Peel

            keep dreaming. If you would look it up> The majority of states with the poorest people are run by Republicans.

          • Bob Owens

            You have to be kidding me.

          • Tommy Peel

            Earl: tell you what: Crap in one hand, and dream in the other and see what you come up with!!

          • Bob Owens

            Sigh. Municipalities pay into a fund. Kasich has decide to return less of that money to them. There were a record number of school and municipal operating levies last year-but I guess you were too focused on the measly little tax cut the governor gave you. it’a all smoke and mirrors. he had just about every school superintendent in the sate call him out for reneging on his promise to increase school funding. And I want our $2 billion in liquor sales profits back. Smoke and mirrors.

          • John Boy

            In 2010-2011 Elyria spent $10,329.00 per student. Avon spent $7181.00 per student, Avon Lake $10,904.00 per student, Elyria High ranked a D and has a mean test score of 19 on the ACT. Avon was ranked an A and has a mean test score of 24 on the ACT. Avon Lake has a mean test score of 24 on the ACT.
            I know it is the liberal and union philosophy that throwing money at something (mostly money that others have earned) can fix anything.
            If you feel the schools in your area are under funded. I’m sure they will accept a check (or you probably even go to the district office and they might even take cash). They are located in the old Elyria West High School, remember the newest High School that they had to close so the district could have it’s HQ there.

          • Tommy Peel

            For one. you aren’t the only person that pay taxes, and two I don’t live in the Elyria school district. the schools in the state have to keep asking for money,because your hero John Kasick stripped them of their funding.

          • John Boy

            Let me know what school district you live in and I will direct you to the district headquarters, I’m sure they will be more than happy to accept any type of monetary payment you would like to make personally. If you need the address to mail a check I can help with that as well.
            I guess there were no school levies during the Strickland administration. Good one there!

          • Tommy Peel

            John Boy: I never asked you to help me with anything. Money doesn’t solve all problems as you are being led to believe. Keep living in the past and see where it leads you. Oh, and just how much did John Kasick take from education? $1.8billion.

          • John Boy

            I thought you were concerned about your local school losing funding, I guess that is not the case after all.
            I know you’re upset, but I’m still willing to help you find your local district headquarters and I will even call on your behalf to see how you can help your district with any monetary shortfall they have because of that thief in Columbus. Please do it for the children!

          • Tommy Peel

            John I never asked for nor do I NEED your help with anything, If you see me fighting a bear, “HELP THE BEAR”

          • Sue Lawson

            I remember when Elyria said if a new school were built more businesses would locate to Elyria. How long will it be?

          • Earl K.

            The teachers’ union cares nothing about the students. They (the students) are simply pawns who are used to facilitate tax increases, levies, etc. for the supposed “betterment” of their education. Look at all of these beautiful new buildings in Elyria and Lorain. Have they helped in ANY way?

          • Tommy Peel

            Earl, it has to start at home. The unions care alot for the students AND the teachers. Bob tried to explain to you how the tax money is returned to the municipalities, quit having tunnel vision and expand your way of thinking and maybe you will understand how things work.

          • Tommy Peel

            Yes John Kasich is a thief. He did not cut our taxes. he just recently increased the sales tax. Also he worked for Lehman bros. the firm that is now out of business. Him and his cronies created JobsOhio and stole the most profitable asset the state had. And also he changed the law multible times to hide the agency from transparency. Also he is a founding member of ALEC.

          • Earl K.

            He actually DID cut taxes, overall. And he shifted some of the burden to people who avoid paying any income tax, namely, the ass-sitters and tax cheats who work under the table. That’s what the.25% increase does and I wholeheartedly support it, if that’s what’s needed to give a break to those who actually work. Here are the details from your bible of lib-speak, the Lame Dealer:

            http://www.cleveland.com/datacentral/index.ssf/2013/07/how_much_ohio_sales_tax_increa.html

    • John Boy

      I must have moved out of Elyria at the exact wrong time. I will admit I haven’t been able to visit in about 9 months, but it must have changed dramatically since I was last there. I mean the people of Elyria and Lorain County have voted for the party of self-interest for the better part of the last 40 years and it has drastically improved under the stewardship of self-interest. I would like to congratulate Mayor Brinda and the Ted and Lori show for this improvement. Keep voting for your self-interest it’s like the United Way, “It works for all of us”.

  • Earl K.

    Look at your property taxes going up. You owe that to the unions who shovel your money to the dumbocrat party. Health care bills? Skyrocketing due to dumbocrats. Inflation? Dumbocrat policy that is premised upon printing money to artificially support the stock market.

    • Tommy Peel

      Blame the unions for inflation, and everything else. A squirrel knocked my garbage over this morning> must’ve been the unions fault.

      • stillsleepyeyes

        of course not silly……………….unions are the perfect world…………………..

      • Earl K.

        I don’t blame them, I blame dumbocrats. Unions I blame for levies, which have made my house payment go up 20%+ in just over 4 years.

      • Bob Owens

        And blame the unions for your five day work week, paid time off, child labor laws, overtime pay, collective bargaining and company sponsored health care. Once again, more union envy.

        • Tommy Peel

          Most of the people that criticize unions don’t’ have a clue. They would love to be a part of a union themselves. And Bob, don’t forget safe working conditions.

        • Pablo Jones

          And what have the unions done in the last 80 years? And the unions didn’t create company sponsored healthcare plans. That came about because the government put wage controls in place during WWII and companies had to find a way to increase the compensation of the employees. It’s pretty sad that the feather in the cap of unions happened so long ago.

          • Tommy Peel

            pablo: 92% of unionized workers have access to health care benefits. non-unionzed workers 68%. dental care: unionized workers: 70% non-union:44% Vision: union workers: 53% non-union workers: 25%. Prescription drug coverange: union workers: 90% non-union: 68%. That and alot more is what the union has done, and then some.

          • Pablo Jones

            Once again the union uses numbers skewed to their favor. The numbers you posted are skewed down for the non-union employees because it included part time workers, while most union jobs tend to be full time. Then you have the trade unions that offer health insurance, so the key word in the study is access to health insurance. In reality everyone has access to health insurance.

            Compare non-union full time to union full time jobs with employer sponsored healthcare plans and your numbers will be different.

            97.8% of all workers employed in a business with 50 or more employees are offered health insurance and in businesses with less than 50, 63.5% are offered insurance.

          • Tommy Peel

            Pablo, you like to repeat numbers, so I showed you the difference with numbers.What I said was “access” not “offered” All in all it is better to be a union member.

          • Pablo Jones

            Your numbers were comparing apples to oranges. Comparing similar size businesses as the ones that unions operate at and there is little difference between healthcare offerings for union and non-union.

            But to my original point, unions did not bring about health care insurance businesses did due to wage limits put in place by the government. So…..What have unions done in the last 80 years?

          • Tommy Peel

            Pablo let me give you an example of a non-union workplace: Bob has worked at a company for 10yrs. on the night shift: he wants so badly to work days> He asks his bossif he can he work the day shift. His boss says that when Dave retires in 2yrs, he will go on days. Dave retires: the company gives the day shift to Dan, who has only been working there for 6months. Bob asks his boss about the situation. His boss tells him that Dan is the neighbor of one of the other bosses, and that when Dan finishes school in 4yrs. he will be put on the day shift. Bob pointed out that it was his turn to work days, and that it wasn’t fair. His boss replied ( if you don’t like it punch out and go home, you want fairness join a union shop) Oh! by the way this is a true story.!!!

          • Pablo Jones

            Well that sounds like a crappy place to work. I don’t know why he would want to work there. He should find another job that values him more.

            I can examples as well that I have experienced.

            I worked at UPS (union) in college unloading trucks. We worked in pairs each loading half the truck. I was faster than the other guy and would often do part of the other guys. Another worker told me I need to slow down. Don’t help the new guy because the longer it takes the more money they make. I later went and worked at FedEx (non-union) and made more money and got money for college.

            I worked at GM (union) after college as a consultant. One of the guys on the line would off load engine blocks of the line whenever the line stopped so he could get their quota of engine blocks completed so he could go home and see his wife and kid. The union came over and yelled at him to not do anything when the line was down, because it was taking away from the over time of the other guys on the line.

            I haven’t taken a union job since graduating college. I’ve worked for 4 different companies. Each place valued me and paid me more money each year (on average over 10% more each year. But I don’t have to be stuck at any particular job because I don’t want to lose seniority or have to worry about putting in my time for a pension. If the time comes where I want to do something else I am free to find another job.

  • onesears

    you served four years, move on.. we have to make sure these dont become career politicians.. term limits for all..

    • Earl K.

      100% agree. It’s the only thing that will save us. One term at every political level and that’s it.

    • oldruss

      If you don’t want to retain her, then vote for whomever runs against her, irrespective of a lack of qualifications.

    • John Davidson

      Wish you would have don that for Obama, Ted and Lori.

  • GreatRedeemer

    Where are these jobs you talk about now and when you were first running ?

  • Razorback Twou

    Why run again? She can stay home and do nothing there just as well. Send her packing she is part of the problem..

  • Toad

    toad never votes for an r person only a d person the r persons want us to get a job