Endorsement: For 12th District: Danny O’Connor favored for open seat

Endorsement: For 12th District: Danny O’Connor favored for open seat

A central Ohio congressional district that doesn’t get a lot of turnover is about to get a new representative in the first of two elections for the seat vacated in January by Rep. Pat Tiberi. In a special election Aug. 7, voters will choose between state Sen. Troy Balderson, a Republican, and Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor, a Democrat, to fill the seat for the remainder of this year. In November, Balderson and O’Connor will square off again for a full two-year term beginning in January. Voters will like some of what each has to offer, though each also has limited experience. We give the edge to O’Connor. At 31, O’Connor is a year older than John Kasich was when elected to this seat in 1982. Now of Clintonville, he grew up in Sidney. The rural community is conservative but his family’s influence to “do better” for others and his experience with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps between college at Wright State University and law school at Syracuse University pointed O’Connor toward Democratic politics. He worked for Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, a Republican, though, before practicing family law in a small Columbus firm, Weis and O’Connor, and being elected recorder in 2016. He’s engaged to marry a Republican who calls herself a “Dannycrat.” In the recorder’s office he reduced the time to file documents from weeks to days and enhanced free filing of military veterans’ discharge documents by connecting veterans with civilian job opportunities. He has proposed recording vital […]

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