11 vie for GOP nod to fill vacant Ohio House seat

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - Eleven people are competing for the local Republican Party's blessing as they seek to fill a vacant Ohio House seat from southwest Ohio.

The Butler County Republican Party is expected to make a decision Thursday night on which candidate, or candidates, to recommend to the House Republican Caucus. It's scheduled to appoint someone next week to the finish the term of Republican Bill Coley of Liberty Township.

Coley has been appointed to the Ohio Senate seat that had been held by West Chester Republican Gary Cates, who resigned to take a post with the panel that oversees higher education in the state.

The Middletown Journal reports the county party may recommend up to three of the House hopefuls.

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