Michele Lepore-Hagan to file today for the Ohio House

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Michele Lepore-Hagan says she will file nominating petitions today at the Mahoning County Board of Elections for the 58th Ohio House District seat, currently held by her husband, state Rep. Robert F. Hagan.

She said she’ll file at 10 a.m. in the 58th District as a Democrat in the 2014 race. She told The Vindicator two weeks ago that she’d file today.

Her husband cannot seek re-election next year because of the state’s term-limit law. Hagan ran unopposed last year for his fourth-consecutive two-year term in the state House.

Lepore-Hagan, director of Youngstown State University’s Performing Arts Series, will be the first candidate to file for this seat. The filing deadline for the May primary is Feb. 5, 2014.

Other potential candidates for the 2014 Democratic primary for this post include Youngstown Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th; Youngstown Councilman Mike Ray, D-4th; Rachel Hanni, a Youngstown school board member; Michael E. O’Hara of Youngstown, and Cynthia McWilson of Youngstown.

The district, which is overwhelmingly Democratic, includes all of Youngstown, Struthers, Campbell, Lowellville and Coitsville as well as 36 of Austintown’s 40 precincts.

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