MIAMI COUNTY — No matter what happens on Tuesday, Ohio’s 8th congressional district will be represented by a newcomer for the first time in nearly 25 years.
Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, June 7, for a special election to fill Rep. John Boehner’s unexpired term. The winner will have to defend his seat in November to win a full two-year term.
Boehner had represented this district since 1991.
Republican Warren Davidson emerged from a crowded field of candidates to win the Republican primary in March. The Troy resident and former Army Ranger owns several businesses and is a former Concord Twp. trustee.
Davidson has said that he is in favor of a strong national security policy, would work to repeal Obamacare, and has vowed to protect Second Amendment rights for gun owners. According to his campaign website, he also opposes abortion, believes marriage is between a man and a woman, and pledges to defend religious liberty.
Democrat Corey Foister, 26, of Butler County, said that if he is elected, he is uninterested in furthering his own political career, and would instead focus his energy on doing what is best for the people.
As a liberal candidate, Foister knows he is an underdog in this election — Boehner won the district by 67 percent of the vote in 2014 — but as a childhood cancer survivor, he is used to long odds.
Foister has said that arguing about social issues takes too much of the focus away from larger, non-partisan issues which deserve more attention, like infrastructure, job creation, the environment and cyber security.
Jim Condit Jr., of Cincinnati, is running as a Green Party candidate because of restrictions on third-party candidates, he said, and not because he endorses the Green Party platform.
Though still on the June ballot, Condit is ineligible to run as a Green Party candidate in November. He became ineligible when he voted a Republican ballot in the March presidential primary. Ohio law states a candidate voting in a primary as a member of a political party different from the party that nominated the candidate forfeits the nomination.
Condit has run as a third-party candidate for this seat several times, as a write-in candidate in 2012 and as a Constitution Party candidate in 2010.
Condit endorses a total ban on immigration and supports the construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. He has stated that Israel masterminded the 9/11 attacks.
On his website, he also says he wants to restore “honest elections,” “a Constitutionally-minded Congress,” and “impeach and remove all unconstitutional judges.”
The candidates appeared in Troy last month for a Meet the Candidates event hosted by Leadership Troy Alumni.
Ohio’s 8th Congressional District is home to more than 723,000 residents across six counties, including all of Butler, Clark, Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, and part of Mercer County.