The Primary Election on May 6th officially set the stage for two major contests in November: Current Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald (D) vs. current Governor John Kasich (R) in the gubernatorial race and State Representative Armond Budish (D) vs. County Councilman Jack Schron (R) for Cuyahoga County Executive. Some other area down-ticket races worth noting are:•Mikhail Alterman (R) and Kent Smith (D) will compete for Ohio House District 8 – which Armond Budish is vacating because of term limits and his run for County Executive. District 8 encompasses parts of Cleveland, Beachwood, East Cleveland, Euclid, Richmond Heights, South Euclid and Woodmere.•Former Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney (D) won a close primary battle and will face Anna Melendez (R) for Ohio House District 14, which includes the southwest portion of Cleveland, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, Parma Heights and Brooklyn. Incumbent Representative Mike Foley (D) is term-limited.•Incumbent U.S. Representative Dave Joyce (R) survived his primary and will face Michael Wager (D) in November. The 14th District covers portions of Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, and all of Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties.•Current State Representative Sandra Williams (D) will face Sikiru Kafaru (R) for State Senate District 21. The 21st district includes parts of Cleveland, Newburgh Heights, Garfield Heights, Shaker, University Heights, Cleveland Heights and Bratenahl. Incumbent State Senator Shirley Smith (D) was term-limited and lost to Armond Budish in the County Executive primary race.
•Former State Representative Kenny Yuko (D) will face Hasani A. Crider (R) for State Senate District 25, which stretches from Painesville to East Cleveland down to Bedford. Incumbent State Senator Nina Turner (D) is running for Secretary of State against incumbent Jon Husted (R).