Voters choosing a Republican candidate for the 8th congressional district will have to select their candidate twice on March 15.
Secretary of State Jon Husted says one vote on March 15 is for the Special Election to fill Speaker John Boehner’s unexpired term, and the second is the Republican primary for the full two-year term beginning in January 2017.
"These are two completely separate questions," Husted explains. "There will be a couple months left on the existing term that John Boehner vacated, so you will be voting for someone to fill that term. But you won't be wasting your vote if you vote for that same person or for a different person on the other question because that question is who you are nominating to appear on the ballot for the general election."
There are 15 Republican candidates, all of whom will appear in both questions on the March ballot. Husted says voters with a Democratic or Green Party ballot will only have to vote for their candidate once, because they are each uncontested in the March 15 primary.
The following are the 15 GOP candidates, Democratic candidate and third party candidates that are on the ballot for the 8th Congressional District race in the special and general primary races on March 15:
Matthew Ashworth, Hamilton, Republican
Sen. Bill Beagle, Tipp City, Republican
Warren Davidson, Troy, Republican
Rep. Tim Derickson, Oxford, Republican
Terri King, Middletown, Republican
Joseph Matvey, West Chester Twp., Republican
Edward Meer, West Chester Twp., Republican
John Robbins, Monroe, Republican
Michael Smith, Germantown, Republican
Scott George, Troy, Republican
Eric Haemmerle, West Chester Twp., Republican
James Spurlino, Centerville, Republican
Kevin White, New Carlisle, Republican
J.D. Winteregg, Troy, Republican
George Wooley, Troy, Republican
Corey Foister, Fairfield, Democratic
Robert Coogan, Hamilton, Libertarian
Jim Condit Jr., Cincinnati, Constitution/Green