The SCPR projects that Stark County commissioner Todd Bosley will announce to the Stark County public that he is, indeed, tossing his hat in the ring for the right to be the Democratic Party nominee to run against incumbent Republican Todd Snitchler who currently represents Ohio's 50th House District.
Bosley has called a press conference on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the AFL-CIO's Golden Lodge located on Harrison in Canton to annouce whether he will seek to be re-elected as Stark County commissioner or opt to take on state Representative Todd Snitchler in Ohio's 50th House district.
Bosley does have a potential opponent in the Democratic primary. However, with the big guns in the Ohio House Democratic Caucus lined up behind Bosley (even though Bosley is not the darling of some of Stark's organized Democratic leadership); readers can be sure that Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish, Ohio Democratic Party chair Chris Redfern and the like will not tolerate any wandering off the party reservation in this race.
The Ohio Democratic House Caucus is banking on Bosley to take away the Snitchler-held seat and will put more money into this race than they did in Celeste DeHoff's race against Snitchler. Moreover, if he gets elected, the SCPR believes he will surface to the top of the Ohio House Democratic leadership in quick order.
Snitchler really has his work cut out for him to retain his seat. Last time he relied heavily on the Young Republicans (YR) to do his on-the-pavement campaigning for him. With this being a year in which Stark Countians will be electing two commissioners, an auditor, and voting for a number of state offices including the governorship, the SCPR believes that Snitchler will not be able to command the YR support and attention he did in 2008.
Bosley's main problem in this race will be his decision to "impose" the 0.5 of a percent sales/use tax increase. However, it will not be the concern in this race that it would have been had he opted to run for re-election as commissioner.
Bosley is a master at corralling campaign workers and The Report believes his on-the-street presence will dwarf Snitchler's. Moreover, Snitchler had better be an exemplary citizen. If he is not, Bosley will dig it out for all to know. Just ask Richard Regula.
Snitchler will be on the defensive as Bosley bobs and weaves with him about his inability to get anything done in his two years as a member of the minority in the Ohio House. Expect Bosley to dog Snitchler about his "Tax Day, Tea Day Party" (April 15, 2009) statement that Ohio should not take federal stimulus money.
While one might agree with Snitchler that relying on stimulus money is not sustainable over the long haul, it is the only game in town. GOP gubernatorial candidate John Kasich's with his "let's do away with the income tax" (about 40% of Ohio's budget) goody which some experts say will generate a $12 million deficit in Kasich's first year (if elected), won't help Snitchler to get on the offense.
Undoubtedly, Snitchler will try to make Bosley defend Governor Strickland's failed promise to fix Ohio's public education funding problems as well as ofther Strickland administration goofs.
Stark Countians are in for a hot political year.
And the Bosley/Snitchler race will be at the top of their interest.