Interest in running for the 64th District Ohio House seat occupied by Democrat state Rep. Tom Letson, who cannot seek another term because of term limits, looks slim.
It's early - Letson's last two-year term wraps up at the end of 2014 - but the open seat should be attracting more attention than just the one person, Ken MacPherson, a Democrat from Warren, who has announced his intentions to run next year.
MacPherson said he began campaigning in early July, which is the same time he filed with the Ohio Secretary of State a designation of treasurer form, which allows him to establish a campaign account and begin raising and spending money.
''My family, my wife and I area active in the community, dedicated to helping people, so we felt it's time now we continue the commitment,'' MacPherson said Friday.
''I think my spirit of fighting and championing what is right, being able to bring a vision of seeing a variety of things from around the world, different perspectives, I think that is what is needed in Columbus,'' he said.
His last attempt at elected office went off the rails when the Trumbull County Board of Elections rejected MacPherson's candidacy for an at-large seat on Warren City Council. The board determined that MacPherson at the time actually lived in Howland. He took his case to court, but lost.
Another person who's been rumored to be interested in the seat is Michael O'Brien, former mayor of Warren.
O'Brien, who was a county commissioner before being elected mayor, said Friday ''at this point, people are speculating'' on his interest in running.
I'm sure Republicans will field a candidate in the race, but chances of them being successful against the Democrat nominee are slim. Although the district may begin to shift more conservative in northern Trumbull County and Ashtabula, the base is in solidly Democratic Warren.
The last Republican to run, Randy Law, who was beaten by Letson in 2006, received less than 40 percent of the vote.
What's coming up
A number of events are happening this week.
On Thursday, the Trumbull County Democratic Party will hold its annual picnic at Maffit's Meadows on Bazetta Road. Tickets cost $20 at the door or can be gotten by calling 330-233-2024.
Efforts are being made to attract some statewide Democratic candidates, but at least two, David Pepper, running for Attorney General and state Rep. Connie Pillich, candidate for Ohio Treasurer, have prior engagements.
It will be known next week if state Rep. Nina Turner, running for Ohio Secretary of State; Ed FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County executive running for Ohio Governor; and John Patrick Carney, the state representative expected to announce a run for Ohio Auditor, will attend.
The next day, the Youngstown Warren Black Caucus will hold its fifth annual tribute dinner at the Buckeye Elks Youth Center, 421 North Ave., Youngstown.
The keynote speaker will be Youngstown native Dr. Ron Daniels.
This year's honorees are William ''Ron'' Miller and his wife, Lynette, who have been active in the black community for 40 years and are mentors to children through the Harambee Youth Group. For tickets call 330-519-6052 or 330-727-5758.
On Saturday, U.S Rep. David Joyce, R-Russell Township, is scheduled to speak at a Constitution Rally put on by the Andover Tea Party.
The rally will be on the square in Andover. Other speakers include Sarah Fowler, a candidate for state school board and David Macko, a member of the Libertarian party who ran against and lost to Joyce in 2012.