Butler County Sheriff Among Those Who May Run For Boehner's Seat
Ohio House Speaker John Boehner has represented western Ohio’s sprawling 8th Congressional District since 1991, but, with his announcement that he will resign the House at the end of October, a special election is in the near future.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich will soon make a formal call for a special election to fill out the rest of Boehner’s term, which ends in Jan. 2017.
It will involve special primary elections for both Republican and Democratic candidates, followed within weeks by a special general election.
The whole process could play out by the end of the year.
The heavily Republican district stretches from Butler County in the south to Mercer County in the north.
Possible GOP candidates, according to sources are Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, State Rep. Tim Derickson of Oxford, State Sen. Bill Coley of Liberty Township and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy of Butler County.
The most blatant statement by any potential candidate came this morning on the personal Twitter account of Jones. Accompanied by a cartoon image of Homer Simpson in deep thought, the tweet contains this message from Jones: “Hmmmmmm….weighing out my options.”