SHEFFIELD TWP. — Elyria City Councilman Marcus Madison, D-5th Ward, changed gears Wednesday, leaving the race to replace state Rep. Matt Lundy and entering the Democratic primary for a chance to face state Sen. Gayle Manning.
Madison said his decision to try for a chance to face the North Ridgeville Republican was spurred by the positive reaction he got from community leaders while preparing to run for the seat Lundy, D-Elyria, is vacating at the end of the year.
“We got a lot of good energy on the campaign trail,” he said.
Although Manning is unopposed in the May 6 GOP primary in her bid for a second term, Madison will face an opponent in May. Eric Kaple of Willard also has entered the Democratic primary.
Madison said another reason he decided to run against Manning was concerns he’s heard about the decision of her son, North Ridgeville Prosecutor Nathan Manning, to run for Lundy’s seat.
“A lot of people have shared their concern about one family being in the Statehouse representing them,” he said.
Both Mannings have said their relationship would benefit their constituents by having a strong ally in the other half of the state Legislature.
Nathan Manning will face former Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Brendan Mackin, a Democrat in November. Both men are unopposed in their respective primaries.
In other state House races, state Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, will face a challenger in his primary from Carl Whitmore of Lorain. No Republican filed in that race.
State Rep. Terry Boose, R-Norwalk, is unopposed in his primary, but will have to fend off challenges from Democrat Matt Lark and Libertarian Robert Sherwin in the fall.
Lundy, who is term-limited, will challenge Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, a Republican seeking a second term. Neither has a primary opponent.
Also Wednesday, Lorain County Auditor Craig Snodgrass filed to seek a full term. Snodgrass, a Democrat, replaced former county Auditor Mark Stewart, who retired at the end of 2012.
Snodgrass won’t face a primary opponent and no Republican filed to run in the race. Also not facing opposition this year is Lorain County Probate Judge James Walther, who is seeking a second six-year term.
Lorain County’s three representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat Marcy Kaptur and Republicans Jim Jordan and Bob Gibbs, all filed for re-election on Wednesday.
Kaptur is unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Robert Horrocks Jr. will face Richard May in the Republican Party primary. Socialist Susan Purviance also filed in that race.
Gibbs is also unopposed in his primary but will face Democrat Robert Fisher in the fall. Jordan will face neither a Republican nor a Democratic opponent.
Levies on the ballot
Wednesday also was the filing deadline for issues, including levies to support the Lorain County Crime Lab and Lorain County Transit, which every voter in the county will have a chance to weigh in on.
The Elyria Public Library and Keystone Schools are both seeking new levies, while Elyria Schools, the Lorain Port Authority, Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools and Wellington Schools are all seeking renewal levies.
In the cities, Lorain is asking voters to renew a 0.25 percent income tax, while North Ridgeville is seeking renewal of an ambulance levy and a new bond issue for roads. The North Ridgeville Library is also seeking a property tax renewal levy.
Oberlin is asking voters to approve a new income tax of 0.6 percent, while Sheffield Lake voters will decide whether to increase their income taxes by 0.5 percent.
Avon Lake voters will see several charter amendments and a gas aggregation issue on their ballots, there is a local liquor option that will be decided.
A liquor issue will be decided in Carlisle Township, while Brownhelm Township voters will decide whether to raise their property taxes to support ambulance services.