WARREN - Several seated Democrats find themselves with challengers for their party's nomination in the May 6 election, Wednesday's filing deadline has revealed.
U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan is in a contested race in Ohio's 13th U.S. Congressional District against John Stephen Luchansky of Boardman, who lost a Democratic primary in 2006 for the 6th District congressional seat.
Ryan, of Howland, is attempting to win his seventh term and continue his ascent in Congress.
No Republicans filed for the primary for the U.S. House seat as of Tuesday at the Summit County Board of Elections. However, the board was still processing petitions on deadline day, so it's possible more people filed, according to a staff member there.
The board of elections in Summit County will certify the petitions on Feb. 18.
In Trumbull County, Commissioner Frank Fuda filed petitions seeking reelection to a third term. Challenging Fuda is third ward Hubbard councilwoman Lisha Pompili-Baumiller.
State Rep. Sean O'Brien of Brookfield is being challenged by Marianne James of Niles for the 63rd District Ohio House seat. In the open 64th District House seat, filing petitions were Eugene Mach, the Upward Bound coordinator at Youngstown State University; Ken MacPherson, a technical leader at SpontaneousOrganization.com; and former Warren Mayor Michael J. O'Brien. All of the men are from Warren.
Current state Rep. Tom Letson is kept from seeking another two-year term because of term limits. Instead, he has announced his intent to run for Ohio Supreme Court.
Three attorneys filed for the nomination in the Probate Court race: William Flevares, James A. Fredericka and Patricia Leopardi Knepp.
No Republicans have filed to replace Republican Probate Court Judge Thomas Swift, who cannot seek reelection because of age limits: In Ohio, a person cannot be elected or appointed judge if he / she is 70 or older at the start of the term.
On the Republican side, facing a clear path to the November general election, if their petitions pass muster, are Patricia Paridon of McDonald, commissioner; Devon A. Stanley of Girard, 63rd District Ohio House; and Randy Law of Warren, 64th District Ohio House.
The Trumbull County Board of Elections will certify petitions on Feb. 14.
In the 6th Congressional District, filing petitions in the Democratic primary were Jennifer Garrison of Marietta and Gregory Howard of Albany. Republican incumbent Bill Johnson is seeking reelection unopposed in the primary and also filing was Green Party member Dennis Lambert of Pedro. The district includes the southern portion of Mahoning County.
In the 14th Congressional District, which includes the northern portion of Trumbull County, incumbent Congressman Dave Joyce of Russell will face primary opposition from Matt Lynch of Chagrin Falls.
Filing petitions for the Democratic nomination was Michael Wager of Moreland Hills and for the Libertarians, David Macko of Solon.