Schmidt, you may recall, launched her career in the House in 2005 (filling an unexpired term) when she stupidly slammed Rep. John Murtha with an awfully personal quote from a colonel that supposed, "Cowards cut and run. Marines never do." Schmidt, known around town as "Mean Jean", backed up a half-inch or so by saying she didn't know that Murtha was a Marine who had served in Vietnam. She does now.
The 15th district (Columbus) is also a 50-50 proposition to fill the seat held by Debra Pryce, who is not running this year. And another cliffhanger could be the 16th District seat (Canton, Stark Co.) occupied by retiring 18-term Rep. Ralph Regula, a Republican. The combatants for the seat are State Sens. John Boccieri (D) and Kirk Schuring (R). Both candidates are getting a lot of attention from the national parties. If you want to know more about them, they'll be debating at the The University of Akron Medina County University Center at 8 Thursday evening The prime sponsor is the UA Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.