With Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Galena/Franklin County) announcing that he will leave the House on January 15th, Gov. John Kasich (R) has set the replacement election schedule. According to the timeline made public Friday, the special primary election will run concurrently with the regular primary schedule. This means a nomination election on May 8th. The special general will then follow on August 7th, with the winner serving the balance of the current term.
State Sens. Kevin Bacon (R-Blendon Township) and Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville), along with Delaware County prosecutor Carol O’Brien, appear to be the leading Republican candidates. Former Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott and ex-Ashley Mayor Doug Wilson are the top Democrats. Others still have a month to enter the race. The eventual GOP nominee will be favored to hold what was designed to be a safely Republican seat. President Trump scored a 53-42% win over Hillary Clinton here in 2016.
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