Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Galena/Franklin County) will resign his House seat by January 31st in order to accept a position in the private sector. Therefore, candidates are beginning to come forward for what will be a special election, possibly one concurrent with the regular cycle. Gov. John Kasich (R) will schedule the election once Mr. Tiberi officially leaves office.
Yesterday, however, former Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott (D) declared his candidacy, joining four other Democrats who have done likewise. Surprisingly, there is more action on the Democratic side in the early going, even though the 12th is a safe Republican district. The only announced Republicans are Delaware County prosecutor Carol O’Brien and Iraq War veteran Brandon Grisez. The Republican activity will increase once the vacancy date becomes more certain.
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