(Posted July 20, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
A special primary election scheduled for Aug. 3 will determine which candidates will vie for Ohio’s U.S. 15th Congressional District seat in the Nov. 2 general election.
Steve Stivers, a Republican, vacated the seat in May to take a job as president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Eleven Republicans and two Democrats are running in the primary election. The winners in their respective parties will face off in November.
The Republican candidates are: John Adams, Mike Carey, Eric Clark, Thad Cooperrider, Ruth Edmonds, Ron Hood, Thomas Hwang, Stephanie Kunze, Jeff LaRe, Bob Peterson, and Omar Tarazi.
“The Madison County Republican Party overwhelmingly endorsed Bob Peterson for Congress,” said Nicholas Adkins, chair of the Madison County Republican Central Committee. “We stand with many others in our belief that his principled and experienced leadership is the conservative voice that best represents Madison County.”
Peterson graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in agriculture. He served as president of the Ohio Farm Bureau for nearly five years and as Fayette County commissioner for 14 years. He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2011, representing District 85. In 2012, he joined the Ohio Senate; he represents the 17th Senate District.
The Democratic candidates are: Greg Betts and Allison Russo.
The Madison County Democratic Party plans to announce which candidate they endorse after meeting and speaking with both candidates in person on July 24, said Anne Gorman, party chair.
For general information about all of the candidates, go to 15th Congressional District Special Election.
The Ohio 15th Congressional District includes Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties as well as parts of Athens, Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties.