OH-15 Congressional District

For anyone looking for good down ballot races to keep an eye on, I don’t think you could find any with more promise than the Ohio 15th. The Democrats are running Mary Jo Kilroy, a Franklin County Commissioner who nearly defeated retiring Congresswoman Deborah Pryce in 2006, and the Republicans nominated State Sen. Steve Stivers, who has a pretty good biography highighted by taking leave from the legislature to go to Iraq as a Colonel in the National Guard. The two are veritable blue chippers in each party’s stables, and Stivers is the early favorite to be nominated for the Governor’s race in 2014, if Ted Strickland is re-elected in 2010.

And, via CQ politics, both of them crack the list of best funded candidates seeking an open seat. That sort of expensive race bodes well for Democrats in the 2nd and 16th districts. Possibly the 1st as well.