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Candidates Lining Up For Boehner's Congressional Seat

Ohio Senate

State Sen. Bill Beagle says he’s interested in taking over John Boehner’s congressional seat when the Speaker of the House steps down next month.


Beagle represents Ohio’s 5th senate district and though no dates for a special primary election have been announced, he says he will enter the race to represent Boehner’s 8th congressional district. Those two districts have some overlap.


Sen. Beagle says he has the economic track record to help get the job done.


“You know we all agree that Washington isn’t working and what we’ve been doing in Ohio and what I’ve been doing in the Ohio senate in for the last few years has helped Ohioans," he said. "So, I want to take it and see if we can’t take that to that to Washington and to get a more responsive government.”


Beagle has served in the Ohio senate since January of 2011. Troy teacher J.D. Winteregg is running for the seat again after getting 23 percent of the 2014 primary vote against Boehner.

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