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Ohio GOP Congressional Primaries Under Scrutiny

PoliticsOhio GOP Congressional Primaries Under Scrutiny

In this year’s congressional primary, Ohioans will encounter two distinct situations: selecting one of the 11 candidates for one seat and casting two votes for the other. Though competitive, the Democratic primary promises to be less suspenseful than the Ohio GOP battles, which include a crowded field into which nearly a dozen candidates have invested a total of $4.5 million.

The conservative-leaning 2nd and 6th districts are expected to support Republican candidates in the upcoming election.

The community of East Palestine, which is still dealing with the fallout from last year’s toxic train catastrophe, is part of the 6th District.


In the primary election, eleven Republicans will be running for the 2nd Congressional District, which stretches from the Cincinnati suburbs’ eastern edge to the border with West Virginia. In the general election in November, the victor will square off against Democrat Samantha Meadows.

State senators Shane Wilkin and Niraj Antani are two of the most well-known contenders. Businessmen Dave Taylor and Larry Kidd, along with former U.S. Marine drill instructor Tim O’Hara, are among the political newcomers. Larry Kidd raised $1.4 million, O’Hara $1.3 million, and Taylor $1.7 million for his campaign.

All five are running on conservative agendas, including defending gun rights and opposing abortion, and are supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump.

Phil Heimlich is one to break apart from the pack. The moderate Republican Heimlich, son of the physician who developed the Heimlich Maneuver, opposes Trump, the presumed Republican contender in this year’s presidential contest.


Voting for a nominee to succeed former U.S. Representative Bill Johnson will take place twice for constituents in the 6th Congressional District.

The first vote is for a special election in June to decide Johnson’s successor for the remaining months of his current term; the second is for a general election in November to choose Johnson’s replacement for a full term in the district beginning in January 2025. The same candidate may be selected by voters in both contests.

Governor Mike DeWine called the special election for the summer after Republican Johnson, who was elected president of Youngstown State University, resigned before the end of his term on January 21.

East Palestine, which recently marked the one-year anniversary of a tragic toxic train wreck, lies at the center of the district, which stretches along the Ohio River in eastern Ohio.

East Palestine-born Republican candidate Rick Tsai is a chiropractor running on the derailment platform. However, he faces formidable opposition from two sitting legislators, state Representative Reggie Stoltzfus and state Senator Michael Rulli, who both have greater financial resources and important endorsements, including those from East Palestine leaders.

Rylan Finzer, a small-business owner from Stark County, and Michael Kripchak, an Air Force veteran and restaurant worker from Youngstown, are the Democratic contenders in the Republican-leaning district.


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