WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — The western Ohio House seat held for nearly 25 years by former Speaker John Boehner has drawn a packed field of candidates, with many running as maverick outsiders.
Republican voters will choose from 15 candidates running in unusual dual March 15 primary races. People of varied backgrounds are taking hard lines on national security, immigration, and the Washington establishment.
They include two state legislators, business owners, military veterans, a history teacher, a grain elevator worker and a retiree.
Among the leading candidates is businessman and Army veteran Warren Davidson. He is backed by some former Boehner antagonists such as the Club for Growth and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.
Only one little-known Democrat is running for the June 7 special election and Nov. 8 general election. Ohio's 8th congressional district includes Clark, Butler, Miami, Darke and Preble Counties.