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Lucas County Auditor to Have Republican Write-In Opponent?

Wife of Late Former Auditor May Make Bid

Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez was visibly sweating in the evening heat Thursday night, as she furiously worked the patio outside El Camino Real, where she was celebrating a "40-something" birthday with more than 100 of her closest Democratic pals at a political fundraiser.

But she also was feeling the heat of a furious rumor: that the widow of the incumbent she beat four years ago plans to wage a Republican write-in campaign to unseat her.

The buzz of the Democratic fundraiser was that Ms. Lopez no longer had token opposition in her race for re-election, because Gina Kaczala, widow of the late Larry Kaczala, planned to make a comeback bid official on Monday by filing to run.

The Toledo Blade ran the story as breaking news on its website Thursday afternoon, confirmed by the candidate-to-be, along with word that perennial GOP auditor candidate Norm Witzler would withdraw and GOP leaders would meet this weekend to endorse Mrs. Kaczala's candidacy.

Ms. Lopez has been waging a more furious campaign of late, dusting off old signs proclaiming her as the endorsed Democratic candidate for auditor and placing them around metro Toledo. Her fundraiser was less-than-subtle, with brand-new large y