A state lawmaker from Hamilton County will leave his elective office to accept a job offered by Gov. Ted Strickland, The Cleveland Plain Dealer's blog reports today.
State Rep. Jim Raussen (R-Springdale) will resign his seat to accept a newly created position as head of the Insurance and Financial Services section within the state's Development Department. Strickland, a Democrat, made the offer to Raussen, according to the blog.
Also, state Sen. Bob Spada (R-North Royalton) will end his race for the 18th District House seat to accept a job with the State Employment Relations Board, GOP sources told The Plain Dealer.
Strickland's maneuvering likely means that two House seats that were considered likely wins for the Republican Party are now up for grabs. Democrats need to win four Republican seats and hang onto their own to win control of the Ohio House for the first time in 14 years.
— Kevin Osborne