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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

A challenger for Hartmann


Howard Wilkinson reports in Wednesday's Enquirer

The Democratic and Republican parties may have cut a deal to give their candidates for Hamilton County commissioner a free ride, but one Crosby Township Democrat isn’t playing along.

Chris Dole, a 47-year-old electrician who was elected township trustee two years ago, walked into the Hamilton County Board of Elections and took put petitions to run as an independent candidate in the fall against Republican clerk of courts Greg Hartmann, who is the GOP’s choice for an open county commission seat.

“This whole deal left a bad taste in my mouth,’’ said Dole, who has never run for countywide office before. “Somebody needs to challenge this. And I am as qualified as anybody.”

Dole was one of many in both parties displeased with the Republican and Democratic parties for the last-minute deal cut on Friday, hours before the candidate filing deadline for the March 4 primary.

The deal means that, this fall, there will be no Democrat candidate on the ballot to challenge Hartmann, who is running for the seat Pat DeWine is vacating in order to run for a judgeship. And it will mean that only the name of anti-tax activist Ed Rothenberg – who will have no Republican party backing – will be next to that of Democratic incumbent Todd Portune.

Hartmann, though, still has a Republican primary opponent – former probate court judge Wayne Wilke, who filed petitions for the seat before DeWine dropped out to run for judge.
Dole said he is a Democrat, but doesn’t need or want the backing of the party.

“I’m not afraid to offend the Democratic party,’’ Dole said. “When I ran for township trustee, I was running in a non-partisan race. The party label didn’t mean anything.”

His campaign, Dole said, “will be a grassroots thing. I don’t have any money and I don’t have a lot of support. But I’m going to go out there and work and give people a choice.”

He was, he said, taken aback Tuesday morning when he went to the board of elections to pick up petitions and was told that he would have to gather the signatures of 2,875 registered Hamilton County voters by the March 3 independent filing deadline.

The candidates who filed to run for county commissioner in the March 4 Democratic and Republican primaries only had to gather signatures of 50 registered voters to qualify. But, under Ohio election law, the requirements for independent candidates are more rigorous.
“I thought it would be a handful of signatures – 50 or so – but it looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me,’’ Dole said.

Dole is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 212 and is hoping his friends in organized labor will help him with the petition drive. He believes he will need to gather about 4,000 to get the 2,875 valid signatures.

“I’ll stand out on Fountain Square every day between now and the filing deadline if I have to,’’ Dole said.

Hartmann said he has assumed all along that he would have opposition of some kind.

“Now I’ve got two people running against me,’’’ Hartmann said, “and that’s fine with me.”


14 Comments:

at 6:59 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will sign. Hartmann is a weasel. What has he done in office? Nothing. He's a rich boy running on his wife's money. He lost his state race and he's clearly afraid to run against any competition locally. God Bless Chris Dole.

 
at 7:04 PM, January 08, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Good for him!

 
at 7:19 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do I sign up?

I'll vote for "None-of-the-Above" if someone else doesn't get on the ballot.

 
at 8:13 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hamilton County should feel honored that Greg Hartmann has stepped-up to the plate to serve his County.

Thank you Mr. Hartmann

 
at 9:10 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all Portune's fault for orchestrating this garbage. What is Portune's problem????

 
at 10:15 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm voting for Wilke in the Primary and Dole in the General on principle alone.

Is Hartmann still a named defendant in that lawsuit filed in California?

 
at 11:48 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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"...Anonymous said...
Hamilton County should feel honored that Greg Hartmann has stepped-up to the plate to serve his County. Thank you Mr. Hartmann 8:13 PM, January 08, 2008..."

His county ?

You mean he is returning to Texas ?

heartless is a border-hopping wRong wingnut whacko !

Where do we sign ?

PATHETIC !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE INDEPENDENT for Commission 2008 !


.

 
at 2:32 AM, January 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to sign the petition. I hope that the voters of hamilton county finally throw egg in the face of the corrupt parties.

 
at 7:31 AM, January 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, a little competition for both candidates - that's nice.

 
at 3:26 PM, January 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and Burke must go!!!

 
at 10:32 PM, January 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I think this is sheer genius by Burke. He can act like he has nothing to do with Chris Dole, and let his allies in organized labor help him out, give him endorsements, fund his campaign, etc. Then on Election Day, Dole's name appears on the sample ballots that organized labor prints up. With the rest of the Democratic tide washing over Hamilton County, Dole knocks off Hartmann anyway!

Sheer genius, my friends.

 
at 6:51 AM, January 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must have missed the part in the constitution that requires you to be an elected official where you were born, regardless of where your family is, or where you've worked your entire professional career.

 
at 8:58 PM, January 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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"...you to be an elected official where you were born, regardless of where your family is, or where you've worked your entire professional career. 6:51 AM, January 10, 2008"

A wRong wingnut whacko Professional career - sounds mighty, mighty LIBERAL !

Thanks for affirming the border-hopping !

PATHETIC 'clerk-boys' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 10:01 PM, January 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Dole is a pot-bellied pig who has zero name ID. Hartmann will crush this guy by 15-20 points.

 
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