Six candidates showed up to run in the race from Ohio’s 7th congressional district while three filed in the 12th district.
These districts are part of the state’s latest congressional district political shakeups. The 7th District now encompasses all of Wayne and Medina counties, the southern half of Cuyahoga County, and part of Holmes County.
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The 12th Congressional District includes the rest of Holmes County and expands to encompass all of Athens County, Fairfield and Gurnsey counties, an eastern slice of Delaware County, and much of Tuscarawas County. .
The list of nominees includes a board member, incumbents, a former aide to President Donald Trump and a few newcomers.
Congress cards are still up
Despite these filings, it is still unclear if these district boundaries will remain in place. For the map to be approved, the Supreme Court of Ohio must decide whether the borders violate the anti-gerrymandering language of the Ohio Constitution.
The Ohio Supreme Court rejected the first map adopted by GOP lawmakers and Gov. Mike DeWine, citing unfair divisions in Cuyahoga, Summit and Hamilton counties.
The rejected map combined the entirety of Ashland, Wayne, and Stark counties with fragments of Summit and Holmes counties in the 7th District.
Max Miller originally filed for the 16th congressional district more than a year ago. But the district that included Wayne County was dismantled as Ohio lost population following the 2020 census.
This reduced Ohio’s districts from 16 to 15, forcing congressional mappers to dismantle the district
Now filed in the 7th arrondissement, Miller takes on incumbent Republican Bob Gibbs.
Who runs the 7th congressional district?
Miller’s decision to file for office soon followed Republican Representative Anthony Gonzalez’s vote to impeach Trump in 2021. Shortly after Trump endorsed Miller, Gonzalez announced he would not seek re-election.
Miller started out in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve before becoming an aide to Trump, according to his website.
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Among Miller’s top agenda items are cutting federal spending, continuing Trump-era trade policies and “defending” the Second Amendment, according to his website.
Gibbs is running for re-election in an effort to continue his policy of making the federal government “less intrusive” while supporting the Second Amendment and legislation that would limit access to abortions, according to his website.
- Republican newcomer Jonathan Schulz was born and raised in northeast Ohio and attended Findlay University where he earned a degree in finance, according to his website. He founded the non-profit organization Diamonds in the Rough and hopes to limit the reach of government.
- Democratic Lakewood City Councilman Tristan Rader is the only Democrat running in the 7th congressional district. Rader was born in Cleveland but visited East Africa, where he founded a nonprofit in Uganda before returning to the state to volunteer at the local food bank. He is the Ohio program director at Solar United Neighbors and an advocate for green energy, according to his website.
- Republicans Anthony Alexander and Don Ruex are also in the running, according to the Cuyahoga Board of Elections.
Who is running in Holmes County’s 12th congressional district?
Republican Troy Balderson is running for his seat in the 12th District which encompasses much of Holmes County.
The Muskingum County native was sworn in in 2018. Balderson serves on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Among the issues he supports are anti-abortion legislation and the expansion of roads, internet and other infrastructure in the 12th arrondissement, according to his website.
- Going against Balderson is against newcomer Brandon Lape from Danville. According to Lape’s campaign website, he advocates little to no gun regulation and reduced military, police and social spending.
- The lone Democratic candidate in the district is Amy Elton of Newark, according to the Muskingum County Board of Elections website.
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