One of the surprises from the November 4, 2008 election was that Democrats now control the Ohio House. Although there had been talk in political circles that the Democrats were making a push to gain control, it is safe to say that most observers felt that they would fall short. Instead, they captured control by at least five votes, and it could go as high as seven, once the results of two close races are known.
The Democrats capturing control of the Ohio House means that Medina County won't see Representative William Batchelder become Speaker, at least not this coming term. Batchelder, who has over 30 years experience in the House, was vying with Representative Matt Dolan, son of the Indians' owner for Speaker.
There are reports, though, that Dolan has decided that he won't seek to become Minority Leader. Instead, it appears that Batchelder will become House Minority Leader. Interestingly, when Dolan told the Dispatch that he wasn't interested in becoming House Minority Leader, he didn't endorse Batchelder for that position. Dolan and Batchelder had been locked in what was described as a "bitter" battle for House Speaker. It appears that the bitterness is still there.