Kunze, LaRe campaigning for 15th Congressional District seat

By: - April 30, 2021 12:40 am

State Sen. Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard, and state Rep. Jeff LaRe, R-Violet Twp.

Two more Republican state lawmakers have jumped in the race to fill U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers’ seat in Congress.

In total, there are now four legislators that have filed to run on the Republican side for Ohio’s 15th U.S. Congressional district, along with a GOP county commissioner.

Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, announced plans to resign on May 16 to become CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

The newest candidates to replace him include state Sen. Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard, and state Rep. Jeff LaRe, R-Violet Twp.

The current map of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. The red pins show regional offices.

Kunze is in her second term representing the western portion of Franklin County in the Ohio Senate’s 16th District. She previously served two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives and was a member of the Hilliard City Council.

LaRe is in his second term representing northern Fairfield County in the House’s 77th District. A former corrections officer for the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, LaRe is also the executive vice president of a private security company based in Reynoldsburg.

The Ohio Capital Journal previously reported on two other lawmakers vying for the seat: state Sen. Bob Peterson, R-Washington Court House, and state Rep. Brian Stewart, R-Ashville.

Fairfield County Commissioner Jeff Fix is also running for the 15th District seat, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette reported.

Gov. Mike DeWine set the special election dates as Aug. 3 for the primary and Nov. 2 for the general.

The eventual winner will serve out the remainder of the term through 2022.



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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.