Lakewood OH

Democrat announces candidacy for Westshore statehouse seat

By Kevin Kelley


Todd LeVeck is taking another run at the District 16 seat in the Ohio House of Representatives.

LeVeck, a Westlake resident and teacher with the Cleveland City Schools, kicked off his campaign for the Democratic Party nomination last month with a rally at Stamper’s Bar in Fairview Park.

LeVeck sought the Democratic Party nomination for the District 16 seat in 2012, but lost in the primary to Rocky River attorney Andrew Meyer, 54 to 46 percent. Meyer, in turn, lost in the general election, 58 to 42 percent, to Westlake Republican Nan Baker, who has held the seat since 2009.

District 16, which consists of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake, is not necessarily the Republican stronghold many think it is, LeVeck told West Life. Thus, he believes he has a decent shot at unseating Baker.

“I would call it an independent district that tends to lean to the right,” LeVeck said.

Baker has not delivered much to the Westshore in terms of dollars, he said.

“Our local governments are more strapped than when she came into office,” LeVeck said, noting that the Republican-led state government has cut funding for municipalities and eliminated the estate tax, which many suburbs had been counting on their budgets.

LeVeck also attacked GOP state leaders for not addressing the school funding issue.

LeVeck said he hopes to attract independents and moderate Republican voters, as well as the Democratic base.

“I’m going to spend a lot of time knocking on doors,” he said of his campaign.

LeVeck will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 21 meeting of the Westlake Democratic Club, held at Western Cuyahoga Lodge #25, FOP Hall, 26145 Center Ridge Road, and at the Feb. 7 meeting of the Fairview Park Democratic Club, held at Fairview Park City Hall, 20777 Lorain Road.

The filing deadline for candidates for the May 6 primary is Feb. 5. As of Friday, no others besides Baker and LeVeck have obtained ballot petitions, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.




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