Canton Repository

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.