Ex-House speaker runs for reelection despite federal charges

Ex-House speaker runs for reelection despite federal charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The race in the rural Ohio district of disgraced ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder now includes four write-in candidates attempting to unseat the once-powerful politician ,who has refused to step aside from his reelection bid despite facing charges in a $60 million bribery scheme.

The four challengers – of varied parties and backgrounds – are unified in their attacks on Householder’s questionable ethics and his role in passing a nuclear bailout bill at the center of the scandal that now faces renewed scrutiny at the Statehouse. Still, a Householder victory appears likely in District 72, given his strong ties in his native Perry County and an endorsement by the local Republican Party.

He is the only candidate listed on the ballot, having fielded no Democratic challenger. The heavily Republican district also covers Coshocton County and Licking County in east-central Ohio.

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The write-in candidates are 20-year-old Kaitlyn Clark, a college student from Coshocton; Republican Jay Conrad,

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