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Who will take Boehner's seat?

J.D. Winteregg (Source: Winteregg for Congress/YouTube) J.D. Winteregg (Source: Winteregg for Congress/YouTube)
Richard Jones (file) Richard Jones (file)
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At least two republicans are surfacing as contenders for Ohio 8th district congressional seat. 

Representative John Boehner’s resignation will require two special elections. Governor John Kasich must call a special election for a primary and general election. The office cannot be appointed and will likely stay vacant for a while.

One republican has already announced his intentions to seek Boehner’s seat. J.D. Winteregg announced in March he once again would challenge Boehner in 2016. Boehner defeated the former Troy high school teacher in 2014. Winteregg currently works at a grain elevator.

Another potential candidate is current Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones. Jones tweeted a photo Friday of the cartoon character Homer Simpson thinking with the comment “Hmmmmm…..weighing out my options”. 

Jones has not responded to a request for further comment.

In response to additional Republican challengers Winteregg said, “I was the first one to stand up to John Boehner when it wasn’t that popular. I was the first one to fight for what’s right didn’t do this when it was easy.”

In the 2014 primary, Boehner received nearly 72% of the vote to Winteregg’s 23%. Challenger Eric Gurr received 6%. In the general election, Boehner received 67% of the vote to democrat Tom Poetter's 27%. 

A spokesperson for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office said the special election will likely occur on an existing election date. The November 8 election is too soon for any races to be added to the ballot. The next scheduled election takes place in March 2016.

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