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f:-:? O2Metr0 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Monday, September 1, 1986 Campaign ..CONTINUED FROM FACE C-l of indignant concern," Sen. Rich--ard Finan, R-Cincinnati, said. "If there's one more major faux pas by the administration it could absolutely kill Celeste." , Still, Democratic advantages in 'polls and fund-raising sometimes border on the overwhelming. Auditor Tom Ferguson leads Republican challenger Een Rose 2-1 in the early Columbus Dispatch poll, for example, and Attorney General Anthony Celebrezze ended the primary with more than $1.4 million against Republican opponent Barry Levey's $149,000. " "All of our candidates are eoine t 1 L L.I 10 nave enougn money to gei meir story out to run a good campaign. I don't think that's true of the Republicans," Ruvolo said. "There's no way we can out-"spend them. We've got to outsmart "them to a degree and tie them into " the Celeste administration," said Holmes County Republican chairman Robert Holmes. While Democrats see reasons 'for cautious optimism, they are concerned about important aspects of the campaign. As Jim Gravelle, .campaign manager for Chief Justice Frank Celebrezze, puts it: "Will Democrats go to the polls?" . Democrats are hoping for a big turnout approaching that of 1982, when 3.8 million Ohioans voted, fueling a Democratic rout. Republicans think it will be a much lower turnout, more like the 2.8 million who voted in 1978, when Rhodes got his slim victory over then-challenger Celeste. "I'm convinced that if 3.5 million Ohioans vote, we win every office," Ruvolo said. "I'm convinced that we can do 3.5 million and I think that's our magic number." "I expect the turnout to be somewhere between the (John) Gilligan race, which was 3 million, and 2.8 million in 1978," Hughes said. "I expect a low turnout, considerably below 1982." At least one complicating factor in this year's race has been eliminated by independent candidate Dennis Kucinich's decision last week to withdraw. Kucinich was expected to hurt Celeste more than Rhodes because most of his support came from Cleveland and northeastern Ohio where Celeste must pull the bulk of his votes. Democrats breathed bigjfiighs of relief at the news. Republicans concede Kucinich's withdrawal is a plus for Celeste, but they predict it will not be a decisive one. "If they were that disenchanted with Celeste that they were willing to vote for a Kucinich, they're not going to vote at all, probably," Finan said. "I think it will be forgotten by the time we get into October," Hughes said. "I think it's just a pebble dropping in the political pond." Metro digest Need for Type O blood reaches critical stage - A sudden increase in the need -for Type 0 blood has caused a critical shortage at the Hoxworth Blood Center, said Marsha Stout, director of communications. u Other types of blood are in short supply as well, she said. Volunteer donors are also needed because all 19 Hoxworth donor centers are closed today for Labor Day. The center needs at least 350 donors a day to maintain its blood supply for 30 area hospitals, Stout said Sunday. "The holiday put us behind and we need to make up for it next week." Six incidents in the last two weeks where people needed extensive amounts of Type 0 blood have contributed greatly to the shortage, she said. This is the first emergency appeal for blood this year. Eight appeals were announced last year. For information or to make an appointment to donate blood, call 569-1175. 150 Lebanon residents without power An estimated 150 Lebanon residences were without power for up io two hours Sunday because of separate problems with cable and a cut line, Mayor Ed Patterson said. The Warren County city operates its own power plant. . Patterson said homes in Tecum-seh Trails were without power for more than two hours before a temporary cable was connected in early evening. A power line burned apart on Navajo Drive. He said an overload was created Sunday because a backup feeder line was cut Friday at the construction site of an animal shelter at Bypass 48 and Cook Road. That affected homes in McBurney Hills and along Columbus Avenue and Mound Street, he said. County races Fire damages Fairmount family's home " A Fairmount family took refuge Sunday with friends in Price Hill after a fire damaged their one-story home late Saturday night. Raymond W. Tinker, his wife, Mary, sons John and Raymond Jr. and a nephew, Mark Tinker, lived in the house at 2235 Graebe Ave. near Jonte Avenue and Iroquois Park. "According to Mary Tinker, she and her husband had been at a campsite near Milford since Friday. She said her sons and nephew were at a wedding reception at the time of the fire at 11:13 p.m. Saturday. The Tinkers lived in the house 16 years. Mrs. Tinker said it is owned by Henrietta Bauer of Westwood. The family's 14-year-old pet dog, Ruffy, suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to a veterinarian. Fire damage was centered in the kitchen, living and dining rooms, Mrs. Tinker said. There was smoke damage throughout and water damage in the basement. Ed Kleemeier, District 2 fire chief, said Sunday cause of the fire is undetermined. He reported $35,000 damage to the building and contents. Foul play not suspected in drowning : ; Foul play is not suspected in the Saturday drowning of an 84-year-6Id Harrison area woman who was pulled from a farm pond by Butler County deputy sheriffs and Morgan Township life squad members. Bernice Scheering, 9456 Howard Road, was found in the pond by a 16-year-old granddaughter. Scheering lived i.i a mobile home on the same property where her son's family resides. Butler County Sheriff Deputy Dale Stewart said the pond is located a short distance from the mobile home. Scheering's glasses were found on a nearby picnic table and her walker was near the pond. She was reportedly wearing a nightgown. There were no indications Scheering fell or slipped into the lake. Stewart said the accident is listed as a drowning. He said investigators believe Scheering was only in the water a short time. The body was taken to the Mercy North Hospital, Hamilton, for autopsy. The residence and the pond are located near the Hamilton-Butler County line, about three miles southwest of Shandon in Morgan Township, Butler County. Leak in pump closes gas station The Super America gas station in Newport closed for several hours Sunday when a gas leak developed in one of the pumps. Newport firefighters closed the gas station at 402 E. 10th St. about 9 a.m. Sunday after one of the pumps malfunctioned and leaked less than a quart of gas, Assistant Fire Chief Maurice "Dutch" Hehman said. .Hehman said firefighters responded after a call from the gas station manager. h As a precaution, firefighters tutted off the electricity to the pumps, Hehman said. The gas station also called two repairmen from a service maintenance company to the scene. "It was just a malfunction in one of the pumps," Hehman said. "If it leaked a quart out, it leaked a lot." "The repair people removed the pump off the concrete and were able to get right to the problem," Hehman said. Officials at the gas station referred all comment to Ashland Oil Inc. Spokesmen for Ashland Oil Inc. could not be reached for comment. THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER CONTINUED FROM PAGE C-l embroiled in the township's police department controversy earlier this year. The Hamilton County Democratic Party first had a candidate for auditor in Terry Dempsey. Dempsey withdrew from the race earlier this month and was replaced by Judy Green, who is said to be considering a run for Cincinnati City Council next year if this race is unsuccessful. The legislative races include: First Congressional District: U.S. Rep. Thomas Luken, the Democrat, is being challenged in an aggressive campaign by Fred Morr, a banking executive. Second Congressional District: The Republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. Willis Gradison, is being challenged by political newcomer William Stineman. Ohio Senate (7th District): Anderson Township Democrat Bernie Roeckers is taking on Republican incumbent Richard Finan. Ohio Senate (9th District): Republican Greg Newberry, a former Libertarian candidate for Cincinnati City Council, is challenging State Sen. William F. Bowen. Ohio House (20th District): Steve Brinker, a Democrat who spent four years as a Green Township trustee, takes on Republican incumbent Thomas Potten-ger. Ohio House (21st District): Republican challenger Larry Schmolt, a retired Cincinnati firefighter, challenges Democrat incumbent Jerome Luebbers. Ohio House (22nd District): Republican incumbent Louis Blessing has two challengers: Democrat Dolores Dunn and Libertarian James Berns. Ohio House (23rd District): House majority leader Wil liam Mallory is challenged by Republican Harold Brooks, a first-time candidate. Ohio House (24th District): Republican Eric Musekamp challenges Democrat incumbent Terry Tranter. Ohio House (25th District): Democrat incumbent Helen Rankin is challenged by Republican Richard O'Donnell. Ohio House (26th District): Republican incumbent Jacqueline O'Brien is challenged by Jane Anderson. Ohio House (27th District): Republican incumbent Dale Van Vyven faces a challenge from political newcomer Joseph Jerni-gan. In the Hamilton County judicial races: First District Court of Appeals: Former Democrat state representative Harry Mcllwain opposes Republican attorney Eugene Utz for the seat being vacated by the forced retirement of Judge John W. Keefe, because of the state's mandatory retirement at age 70. Common Pleas Court judgeships: Republican Robert P. Ruehlman is challenging Democrat incumbent Nicholas Perrino for the seat to which Perrino was appoint ed by Gov. Richard Celeste. Democrat Dennis Helmick is challenging Judge Gilbert Bettman, while Democrat attorney James Patrick Ken-ney is running against Judge William S. Mathews. Democrat candidate David Boy is challenging Judge Thomas Crush. Common Pleas (Juvenile): Democrat Kenneth Baylen is challenging Republican incumbent David E. Grossman. Common Pleas (Domestic (Relations): Municipal Court Judge Sandra Beckwith was picked by Republicans earlier this month to run against Norwood law director Robert Kelly for the judgeship. The original GOP candidate, Norwood attorney Jane Grote, withdrew after a complaint was filed with the Cincinnati Bar Association over her handling of a probate case. Beckwith and Kelly are running for the seat being vacated by Judge Robert Wood. Judge Ronald Panioto, a Republican incumbent, is unopposed for reelection this year. Here's a rundown on state races in Ohio BY KEITH WHITE and JACKIE JADRNAK Gannett News Service COLUMBUS As candidates leap from the Labor Day starting gate, here is how the statewide races stack up: U.S. SENATE Democratic incumbent John Glenn seeks re-election against Republican challenger Tom Kindness, a congressman from Hamilton. The major issue so far has been the $1.9 million debt remaining from Glenn's failed presidential campaign and his decision to stop payments on it while raising money for re-election. Glenn leads Kindness substantially in the polls (60-40, according to the Columbus Dispatch, 62-21 according to Glenn's). Republicans say their polling shows Glenn is vulnerable but not without spending a lot of money. GOVERNOR t- This contest between Democratic Gov. Richard F. Celeste and Republican former Gov. James A. Rhodes is expected to be the hottest race on the ticket although Rhodes beat Celeste in the 1978 governorship race. Both candidates are expected to stress jobs and education, but Rhodes also is trying to ignite the ethics issue against Celeste in what most observers expect to be a nasty campaign. Celeste was leading in the polls even before Dennis Kucinich's withdrawal last week, and also holds a formidable edge in fund-raising. Rhodes had to borrow $359,000 to run television commercials during the primary. SECRETARY OF STATE Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown has gotten national attention with his voter registration initiatives, but Republican challenger Vince Campanella is criticizing Brown for poor record-keeping and management. Brown starts with big leads in the polls (59-41) and money (he ended the primary with $363,775 to Campanella's $27,922),. but Campanella ran much better than any other Republican statewide candidate in 1982 (he lost the auditor's race to Tom Ferguson) and has an important base in Democratic Cleveland. ATTORNEY GENERAL Anthony Celebrezze has been the most effective Democrat at winning elections and raising money over the past decade, but Republican Barry Levey, a Middletown attorney, is trying to knock him off his lofty perch. Levey has criticized Celebrezze's approval of some questioned Celeste practices, such as awarding an unbid $8 million state contract to the firm that did his 1982 campaign advertising. Celebrezze begins the campaign with a 59-41 lead in the polls and a huge lead in fund-raising. TREASURER Republicans think they have perhaps the best chance of winning this statewide office, where Democratic incumbent Mary Ellen Withrow is not widely known despite her efforts to focus attention on the office through her investment and linked deposits programs. Republican challenger Jeff Jacobs, president-of his own investment firm and member of a wealthy Cleveland family, is expected to put a lot of money into this race and outspent Withrow $299,426 to $164,205 during the primary. Withrow ended the primary with more money in the bank than Jacobs and a 55-45 lead in the polls. AUDITOR Incumbent Tom Ferguson is the Democrats' veteran statewide official, having served continuously since 1975. His challenger is combative Rep. Ben Rose, a Republican from Lima. Ferguson was the Democrats' closest call in 1982, getting just 52 of the vote against Campanella. Since then, he has stockpiled more than $1 million in cash that gives him a major edge over Rose, who ended the primary with $14,370. Ferguson leads Rose 67-33 in the early polls. CHIEF JUSTICE Publicized infighting and feuding within the court have made this race an unusually visible one as Republicans set their sights on Democratic Chief Justice Frank D. Celebrezze. Appellate Court Judge Tom Moyer is the Republican candidate. Of all the statewide races, Celebrezze holds the smallest lead in the polls, 52-48. ASSOCIATE JUSTICE Robert Holmes is the only Republican incumbent in a statewide race this year and gives Democratic challenger Francis E. Sweeney little of a target. Holmes has become a frequent dissenter from the decisions of a Democratic court led by Celebrezze and will be a target of organized labor, which has benefited from the court's workers' compensation decisions. Holmes leads slightly in fund-raising and polls. ASSOCIATE JUSTICE This is the only statewide race where there is no incumbent because Justice Clifford Brown will soon reach mandatory retirement age. Maverick Democratic attorney Herbert Brown defeated the Democrats' hand-picked candidate and faces Republican Appellate Court Judge Joyce George of Akron. George has the fund-raising advantage, but Brown is leading in the polls. ST5 TWO "COKE" 12-PACKSL G Vgl rfp (Ggk CHOOSE FROM 12 OUNCE CANS OF COKE, DIEtI5; f ?r COKE, CAFFEINE FREE COKE, AND MORE. j cans Jy cans A ttWBBBLAWN FURNITURE jj iffiffT mMMi STURDY AlUMINUM FRAME W,TH ALL-WEATHER WEBBING. MSMJ CHAIR CHAISE N

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