Larry A. Kaczala

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Larry Alan Kaczala (8 December 1956 – 8 June 2010) was a real estate lawyer and American politician of the Republican party who was the party's 2004 nominee to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcia C. "Marcy" Kaptur in Ohio's 9th congressional district.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Toledo, Kaczala graduated from Toledo's Central Catholic High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Toledo in 1978. In 1983 he graduated with honors from the University of Toledo College of Law.[1] In 1984 Kaczala was awarded the Order of the Coif, an honor given to top American law school graduates.[2] Prior to entering politics Kaczala worked in the Lucas County auditor's office from 1982 to 1989.[3]

In 1992, Kaczala donated one of his kidneys to his sister Sharon Fickel, and he had been involved for many years with the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio.[4]

Political career[edit]

Kaczala was elected to Toledo City Council in 1991, and he served in that position until he was appointed Lucas County auditor in 1993. Kaczala served as auditor for fourteen years until 2007. While working as auditor, Kaczala also served as the president of the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio. He also served as president of the Northwest Ohio County Auditors’ Association, which includes Sandusky, Ottawa and Erie counties.[5]

Kaczala considered running for a position as Ohio's secretary of state in 2002. However, he dropped out of the race when incumbent Ken Blackwell decided to seek re-election and ran again as auditor in that year's race.[6]

In 2004, Kaczala ran for Congress in the Toledo-based 9th District, facing 11-term incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur. Kaczala was the first reasonably well-financed Republican challenger that Kaptur had faced since her first bid for reelection in 1984. However, Kaczala only won 32 percent of the vote to Kaptur's 68 percent.

In 2007, Kaczala ran for political office again, this time for Toledo Municipal Court, but lost to the Republican party-endorsed Judge Michael R. Goulding. Kaczala also taught courses in real estate law, civil rights, and ethics at the University of Toledo.[7]

2004 Republican party primary election results[edit]

Candidate Votes Percentage
Larry A. Kaczala 10,410 65
Edward S. Emery 4,334 27
Luis T. J. Leal 1,202 8


On Tuesday, June 8, 2010, Kaczala apparently committed suicide, leaping from the fifth floor of the parking garage at the Toledo Hospital.[8]

See also[edit]

  • Election Results, U.S. Representative from Ohio, 9th District


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  3. "Campaign 2004". USA Today. 2004. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
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  6. "Campaign 2004". USA Today. 2004. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
  7. "Campaign 2004". USA Today. 2004. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
  8. "Former Lucas County Auditor dies after jump from hospital parking garage". Toledo Blade. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-06-08.

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