Continuing the Pancake Breakfast Tradition
Keeping alive a great West Shore tradition, Ohio State Rep. Nan Baker hosted her 7th annual Pancake Breakfast at Don Umerley Senior Center Civic Hall in Rocky River Sunday morning.
The breakfast keeps alive a fall tradition that was founded by former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro, who got his start as a Rocky River City Councilman before moving up to a lifetime of state-wide service.
This Ohio-wide influence of both candidates and elected officials representing the Republican Party emphasized the importance of unity at the local level.
“We have an opportunity to make a big difference in this fall’s election, starting at the local level on up to the United States Senate,” noted Ohio Speaker of House William Batchelder, complete in the red Kasich-Taylor ball cap he said he wears at all campaign functions.
Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell, not on the ballot this fall, was on hand to advocate for fellow justices Judith French and Sharon Kennedy. O’Donnell urged voters to fill out their complete ballot, to take the time to learn about down-ticket judicial candidates and to vote for those qualified.
State Auditor Dave Yost not only campaigned, but picked up a guitar and stirred the crowd with a patriotic rendition of “Proud to Be an American.” The breakfast opened with an inspirational version of “God Bless America” by Iria Calderhead. In all, it was a who’s-who of candidates and officials who represent not only the West Shore area, but the entire state of Ohio: A testament to the importance of Cleveland’s west side to the Ohio political landscape.