Thursday, September 11, 2003

Monthly Chamber lunch like honey for candidates

Suburban insider

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Sitting across the room from West Chester Township Trustee Dave Tacosik at Tuesday's Southeastern Chamber of Commerce luncheon was none other than George Lang.

Lang, vice chairman of the Butler County Republican Party, is challenging Tacosik in the November trustee election.

Lang was with his campaign co-chairman, Scott Owens, a former West Chester trustee candidate himself (he lost in 2001).

Liberty Township Trustee President Christine Matacicwas there. And at next month's luncheon, Butler County Commissioner Courtney Combs will speak.

Dan Warncke, Lakota school board member, was quick to quip during his time at the microphone Tuesday that he finds it curious why so many elected officials attend chamber luncheons the closer it gets to November.

Warncke can afford to joke. No one filed to run against him.

No hearts on sleeves, but hopefuls on shirts

HAMILTON - There were all kinds of campaign T-shirts at the Butler County Republican Party's picnic at the county fairgrounds this week.

T-shirts touting either county Commissioner Mike Fox or state Rep. Greg Jolivette for Fox's commissioner seat next year were in abundant supply.

With the Fox-Jolivette rivalry and other primary races creating tension within the GOP, sheriff's candidate Richard K. Jones wore the most diplomatic T-shirt, emblazoned with the words, "I love everybody."

Democrat takes step to enter sheriff race

HAMILTON - On the subject of Jones, the Republican, who has been the sheriff's chief deputy for 11 years, could face a Democrat from Trenton in his bid for sheriff in the 2004 election.

Dale Scott Richter, 34, a Trenton resident who works for the Springboro Police Department, has picked up his petitions as a candidate for sheriff. Richter, who will run as a Democrat in this overwhelmingly Republican county, did not return calls seeking comment.

Former council aide now speaks for ODOT

LEBANON - Ron Mosby, former aide to former Cincinnati City Councilmen Paul Booth and Charlie Winburn and current Councilman Chris Monzel, has resurfaced in the northern Cincinnati suburbs.

Mosby is now the spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation's District 8 office in Lebanon.

He was inclined to leave Cincinnati City Hall after Booth resigned his council seat in April to take an appointment to the State Personnel Board of Review.

Suburban insider is compiled by Jennifer Edwards with contributions this week from Steve Kemme, Janice Morse and Reid Forgrave.

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