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6 candidates vying for 64th, 65th House seats

Published: Fri, October 15, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.




Age: 59

Home: Warren

Education: Law degree, University of Akron; bachelor’s degree, Kent State University; Champion High School graduate.

Family: Wife, Debra W. Letson, daughter, Timothea G. P. Letson.

Priority: Education, health, employment. We are making progress but we need to keep going.


Albert J. Haberstroh Jr. provided no information to The Vindicator.



Age: 49

Home: Warren

Education: 1979 graduate, Warren Western Reserve High School

Employment: Not provided

Family: Not provided

Priority: Not provided




Age: 42

Employment: Assistant Trumbull County prosecutor

Home: Brookfield

Education: Law degree, University of Akron; bachelor’s degree in political science, Edinboro University; Kennedy Christian High School graduate.

Family: one daughter.

Priority: Job creation and retention, supporting Eastern Gateway Community College, septic issues and infrastructure development.



Age: 44

Home: Hubbard

Work: Owner of Spiritual Collections.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, YSU, graduate of Hubbard High School.

Family: Wife of 17 years, two children.

Priority: 1. Bringing jobs to the 65th district and to Ohio and protecting the jobs that are here. 2. Decrease and eliminate wasteful government spending. 3. Balance the state budget. 4. Streamline Medicaid. 5. Regulatory reform. 6. Education reform.



Age: 63

Education: Doctor of ministry degree, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Ohio State University; graduate of South High School, Youngstown.

Employment: Professor of sociology, Edinboro University, Pa.

Family: No information given.

Priority: 1. Children, the future of society; 2. Families, the foundation of society; 3. Jobs, the lifeblood of society; 4. Ethics, the soul of society.

An (*) denotes incumbent

By Ed Runyan



Four years ago, the incumbent member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 64th District in the Warren area, Randy Law, lost the seat to Democrat Tom Letson after a contentious campaign.

In that race, the Ohio Republican Party mailed fliers to voters that attacked Letson for his actions as a member of the Warren Board of Health regarding the troubled Warren Recycling landfill.

In this election, Law is an independent candidate trying to unseat Letson, but there haven’t been any contentious fliers this time.

Neither Law nor the Republican in the race, Albert Haberstroh of Southington, provided The Vindicator with any information about their candidacies.

The 64th District includes Warren, Warren Township, Cortland, Champion, Howland, Braceville, Bristol, Mecca, Southington, West Farmington, Farmington and sections of Bazetta and Fowler.

In an interview, Letson, 59, an attorney, said the state’s projected $5.5 billion to $8 billion shortfall will have an impact on counties, cities, villages and townships across Ohio next year.

But the state’s budget is as small now as it has been in 30 years, with billions already cut since Letson and Gov. Ted Strickland took office four years ago.

The Warren area is moving forward because of the establishment of an Eastern Gateway Community College campus in downtown Warren, Letson said.

Other indications of a brighter future are the coming of the Warren Tech Belt Energy Innovative Center and the stabilization of two Trumbull County hospitals through the sale of Forum Health to Community Health Systems, he said.

Three also are three candidates — Democrat Sean O’Brien of Brookfield, Republican Geno Capone of Hubbard and independent Werner Lange of Newton Falls — running for the open 65th District seat in the House held by Sandra Stabile-Harwood of Niles.

Stabile-Harwood cannot run again because of Ohio’s term-limits law.

The 65th District represents Hubbard, Hubbard Township, Girard, Hartford, Niles, Lordstown, McDonald, Liberty, Newton Township, Orangeville, Vienna, Weathersfield and sections of Fowler and Bazetta.

Capone, 44, is owner of a small business, Spiritual Collections, and says he wants to support business growth “by eliminating government red tape and eliminate government waste.”

O’Brien, 42, has served as assistant Trumbull County prosecutor since 1998. His priorities are job creation and retention, supporting Eastern Gateway Community College, septic-system issues and infrastructure development.

Lange, 63, who holds a doctorate and is a sociology professor at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, says he’s running “to offer voters a real choice and chance to declare their independence from party politics, puppet politicians, stagnant policies and broken government.”

He assisted fellow independent James Traficant in his bid to get on the ballot to run against U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, for Congress.


1Attis(1025 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

"the state budget is as small now as it has been in 30 years" What?! The state budget for FY 2010 is over $55 billion and for FY 2011 it is over $56 billion. When in the world has it been larger than that, ever? If this is what Letson actually thinks then there are over 56 billion reasons to vote him (and all other party puppets) out forever.

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