Fascinating, diverse, progressive — those
are just a handful of words that are being used to describe the new 31st
Ohio House District. Consisting of Amberley Village, Clifton,
Clifton Heights, Evanston, Madisonville, Hyde Park, Northside, Oakley,
Silverton, St. Bernard and Walnut Hills, the district contains many
walks of life, including a healthy liberal population.
One major party candidate - the incumbent Republican - is known more for her frequent public flubs, like calling a disabled former Marine 'a coward' for disagreeing with her on the Iraq War, than for offering any sort of coherent legislative agenda.
Buoyed by a huge surge in new voter registrations prompted by Barack Obama's historic candidacy and the anti-incumbent fever sweeping the electorate, Democrats believe this is the year they'll finally unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, the longtime Republican incumbent.