Area leader seeks Ryan seat
WARREN -- Robert L. Faulkner will seek to fill thestate Senate's 32nd District seat, which will be vacant in January when U.S. Rep.-elect Tim Ryan goes to Washington.
The Warren Democrat has been a school board member since 1991.
He is vice president of training, education and work force development for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and executive director of the Mahoning Valley Labor Management Council.
He retired in 2000 after nearly 30 years at Delphi Packard Electric Systems, where he started as a supervisor in 1971 and finished as corporate manager of community relations worldwide for Delphi.
"I feel I have the knowledge and leadership necessary, having worked with the governor, state officials and legislators from both sides of the aisle on a number of different initiatives, including education, job training and work force development," Faulkner said.
Faulkner is a graduate of Hiram College and served eight years on its board of trustees and with the alumni executive board. He received the 2001 Trumbull County Children Services Award for Service to Children and served on Gov. Bob Taft's Commission for Student Success.
Senate Minority Leader Greg DiDonato, D-Dennison, said he has been contacted by Marc Dann, a Liberty school board member who lost the 2000 Democrat primary for the seat, and former state Rep. June Lucas of Mineral Ridge to express interest in the seat.
Departing state Rep. Anthony A. Latell Jr. of Girard, who gave up his seat to run for Congress in the May Democratic primary, asked DiDonato about the appointment. Because of the state's term limit laws, Latell, a former state senator, cannot make a bid to return to that seat for two years. Trumbull County makes up about 75 percent of the 32nd Ohio Senate District, with the rest in Ashtabula County.
Trumbull Democratic Chairman Christ Michelakis said interest has been expressed to him by Dann; John Moliterno, a Girard city councilman and former head of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber; Rokey Suleman, Mary Boyle's Trumbull County coordinator who has worked on state Sen. Robert F. Hagan's campaigns; and John Kubilis, president of the United Steelworkers of America Local 2243.