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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

MORE APPLICANTS FOR COUNTY EXEC OPENING

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Local bloggers have been busy collecting info on potential Cuyahoga County executive candidates.

Two more names popped up this week: South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo and a local businessman named Ken Lanci.

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Welo, 51, is a Cleveland native and has been mayor of the East Side 'burb since 2003. The Democrat began her political career there in 1991 when she won a seat on council. A biography of Welo, with plenty of touchy-feely detail, can be found here

Lanci owns two local companies, Consolidated Graphics Group and Consolidated Technologies Group (CTG). On his campaign web site Lanci touts himself as a troubleshooter for failing organizations. He vows not to accept campaign contributions of more than $250, and if elected, to take only $1 of the proposed $175,000 salary.

Local political blog OhioDaily and others have noted Lanci's 2008 campaign contributions to Sarah Palin, but the Plain Dealer writes that Lanci has also given to Dems like former Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt and Ohio Lt. Governor Lee Fisher.

Lakewood Mayor Ed Fitzgerald threw his hat into the race just before Christmas. Primaries are scheduled for September with a general election to follow in November. — Damian Guevara

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