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Second Special Election In One Congressional District Has Legislator Proposing Changing Law

Ohio House of Representatives
Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) wants to repeal a law requiring a special election in a Congressional district when a candidate withdraws more than 90 days before the general election.

Residents in the 8th Congressional district in western Ohio may be getting a little vote-weary. The people who used to be represented by House Speaker John Boehner are facing their third election since March, and another one is ahead in November.

March primary winners Republican Warren Davidson and Democrat Corey Foister ran in a special election in June for Boehner's seat. Davidson won. He's back on the November ballot with the rest of Congress, but Foister dropped out. Democrat Steve Fought will be the only candidate in a special election September 13, being held because of a state law on withdrawals more than 90 days before the general election. Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) said it'll cost the district a half a million dollars.  “Until some incident happens like this, sometimes we just don’t realize how unfair a particular law is until it comes up," Pelanda said.

Pelanda is proposing legislation to repeal that law, either in the lame-duck session this fall or in the budget next year.

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