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GOP Tries New Approach in Race Against Boccieri

On health care, Renacci is concerned that Democratic proposals under consideration are akin to “trying to fix a massive machine, and we’re trying to do it all at once.”

Renacci supports market-based solutions to reduce costs and expand coverage, such as allowing individuals to purchase health plans across state lines and enacting tort reform to cut costs from lawsuits.

He said he balanced the budget as the mayor of Wadsworth, a city of about 18,000 in the southeastern corner of Medina County, in the northern part of the 16th. He was elected mayor in 2003 but declined to seek a new term in 2007.

Renacci reported raising $204,000 in this year’s third quarter, his first stretch of fundraising. That is ahead of the pace set by Schuring, whom Boccieri wound up outspending $1.8 million to $1.2 million.

“Renacci’s fundraising success so far is indicative of the significant momentum behind his campaign, and he’s a good example of the top-level candidates stepping into races this cycle — a successful business background and a frustration with Pelosi’s big government agenda in Washington,” NRCC spokesman Tory Mazzola said.

Renacci raised 92 percent of his third-quarter receipts from individual donors, many of them business executives. He received a $2,000 contribution from the campaign committee of Rep. Steven LaTourette (R), who represents Ohio’s 14th district.

Boccieri has the ability to raise more money now that he is the incumbent. He took in $187,000 in the third quarter — aided by contributions from Democratic Members ­— and began October with $602,000 left in the bank, or about three times the $203,000 that Renacci banked.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure that we’ll have the resources to defend ourselves next year,” Boccieri said.

Though he’s preferred by the NRCC and is working to secure endorsements in each of the district’s four counties, Renacci isn’t assured yet of securing the Republican nomination.

He is vying in a GOP primary next spring that also includes Matt Miller, a conservative former commissioner from Ashland County, which is the westernmost area of the 16th.

Miller ran in the 2006 Republican primary, taking 42 percent of the vote against veteran Rep. Ralph Regula, and again in the 2008 primary, when he lost to Schuring by just 5 points.

“This time around, hopefully we can continue to build on the support that we’ve been fostering over the years and actually win the primary and go on to win the general election,” Miller said in an interview Wednesday. “The tide has definitely shifted against John Boccieri.”

As for the NRCC’s promotion of Renacci’s candidacy, Miller said that “many of our residents are not going to look favorably upon anyone who is presented to them as the chosen one.”

Miller reported raising just $650 in the third quarter after filing a statement of candidacy in late August. He had $3,200 left in his campaign account.

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