February 14, 2007
Regula opponent withdraws from race
Copley News Service
WASHINGTON A Medina attorney who announced last year he would run
against Rep. Ralph Regula in 2008 has dropped his bid in favor of
seeking a state Senate seat.
Michael D. Todd, a Democrat, withdrew from the congressional race
after local and state Democratic officials persuaded him to run
for the state Senate.
“It was becoming clear there was going to be a battle royale” to
become the Democratic nominee to face Regula, R-Bethlehem
Township, or another Republican candidate in the northeastern Ohio
congressional district, said Pete Zeigler, a spokesman for Todd.
Zeigler said Todd’s decision not to run for Congress means he will
avoid what could become a “divisive and expensive primary.”
Regula, who is 82, has not said whether he plans to seek a 19th
term next year.
Democratic interest in the Republican leaning district has grown
since Democrats captured control of the House in November for the
first time in 15 years.
Todd, a Medina Township trustee, plans to seek the Democratic
nomination in the state Senate district that includes all of
Medina, Holmes and Wayne counties and a portion of Ashland County.
The district is represented by Sen. Ron Amstutz, R-Wooster, who
cannot seek another term because of term limits.