Rev. Ted Strickland has scheduled the special election to replace Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones for the remainder of her term will be held on October 14, if needed, depending on the number of candidates.
From the PD --
Tubbs Jones, who represented the 11th Congressional District, died Aug. 20. Her term was to expire at the end of the year. Strickland said earlier this week that he hoped to avoid filling her seat since Congress is not expected to be back in session before January. And, each election is expected to cost about $2.75 million.
However, the governor said in a statement issued Wednesday that a 2004 federal appeals court ruling made it clear he has a mandatory obligation to call an election whenever a congressional seat is vacated.
This will make things very interesting in Cuyahoga County during this years election season. It also opens up many questions on who may file to fulfill her term as the would most likely be the winner in the general election for the following term.
The Republican opponent in the general election is Thomas Pekarek.