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Butler County sheriff won't run for Boehner's seat

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones (FOX19 NOW/file) Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones (FOX19 NOW/file)
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -

Butler County Richard K. Jones announced Friday is not running for John Boehner's Congressional seat.

"With the sudden resignation of Speaker of the House John Boehner I was asked by a number of people to run for his seat in Congress," Jones said in a prepared statement. "Over the last week I've discussed this proposition with many of my trusted friends and family. I've been fortunate to receive an enormous amount of support from citizens in and around Butler County. 

"With Congress having an overall approval rating of about 15 (percent) they could use someone like me who’s willing to speak their mind and stir things up," the statement reads. "My passion has always been serving my county and country.  I’ve decided that, right now, the best way to do that is to remain sheriff. Someday my future may take a different path, but I’m extremely proud to be sheriff of Butler County and I truly appreciate the outpouring of support I’ve received over the years and specifically the last few weeks.”

Contenders are expected to line up for Boehner's spot when he steps down at the end of October. His resignation will require two special elections.

Over the past week, Jones fueled speculation that he would throw his hat into the ring on his Twitter feed.

Gov. 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.

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