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Rick Raley in the Democratic primary for Ohio House 14: endorsement editorial

May 2, 2018

Rick Raley in the Democratic primary for Ohio House 14: endorsement editorial

State Rep. Martin J. Sweeney is moving on from his 14th Ohio House District to run for the Ohio Senate, leaving the House seat wide open for four Democrats eager to succeed him -- including his 25-year-old daughter, Bride Rose Sweeney. The district includes two West Side Cleveland wards, Brooklyn, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights and Parma Heights. 

Vying in the May 8 Democratic primary, besides the younger Sweeney, who lists her father’s Cleveland address as her home, are Brook Park Council member Carl J. Burgio, 68, a Realtor; Steve Holecko, 61, of Middleburg Heights, a retired teacher and political director of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus; and Rick Raley, 30, of Cleveland, an assistant Summit County prosecutor.

All the candidates believe cuts in state aid have damaged local communities and wrongly added to the tax burdens of cash-strapped cities and inner-ring suburbs. Burgio said more funding was especially needed for infrastructure. Holecko highlighted equity issues in both taxation and school funding. Raley said the state’s leaders have shorted Ohio’s critical needs in education and jobs. Sweeney criticized a lucrative recent tax break for sole proprietors.

Each candidate has strengths. But Raley has the sharpest focus on the district’s challenges and needs. Among the four Democrats, Rick Raley would be the 14th District’s strongest spokesman.

Early voting in the May 8 primary has begun. No Republican has filed in this race.

Bride Rose Sweeney, Rick Raley, Carl J. Burgio and Steve Holecko, candidates in the May 8 Democratic primary for Ohio House 14, the seat currently held by Sweeney’s father, Martin J. Sweeney, were interviewed by the editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer as part of its endorsement process on April 12, 2018. Listen to a full audio of the interview below:

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