The Rundown

Householder’s son among 20 interested in filling open House seat

By: - June 24, 2021 4:04 pm

A photo of the Ohio Statehouse from Wikimedia Commons.

Might a Householder hold the former Householder House seat?

That’s the hope of Derek Householder, a Perry County commissioner and the son of former Rep. Larry Householder who is among the 20 candidates to fill the vacant Ohio House of Representatives’ 72nd District seat.

A screening committee will begin interviewing candidates Thursday to replace the elder Householder, expelled by his colleagues from the legislative chamber in a June 16 vote.

The appointee will serve Perry, Licking and Coshocton counties for the remainder of this term (through 2022).

Among the other applicants are three who campaigned for the 72nd District seat in the past: Kevin Black, who ran against Larry Householder in 2018, as well as Marci McCauley and Robert Leist, who filed as write-in candidates against Householder following his July 2020 arrest.

Here are the 20 potential replacements to fill the seat:

  • Randal Almendinger, of Alexandria, a St. Albans Township Trustee, publisher of Heartland Communications and small business owner
  • Kevin Black, of Glenford, a financial advisor for Prudential.
  • Melinda Henderson Bradley, of Newark, a safety and training coordinator at MPW Industrial Services
  • Grant Daugherty, of Fresno, a former Coshocton County commissioner and former Millcreek Township fiscal officer.
  • Derek Householder, of New Lexington, a Perry County commissioner
  • Robert Leist, of Coshocton, a maintenance coordinator for Kraft-Heinz and Coshocton Board of Zoning Appeals member
  • Tyler Maple, of Coshocton, a student at Ohio University Zanesville and Rite Aid store manager
  • Justin Martin, of Coshocton, an Amazon Fulfillment Center employee.
  • Marci McCauley, of Thornville, a retired director of the Center for Women and Gender Action at Denison University.
  • Rozland McKee, of Columbus, a former chair of the Licking County Republican Party and field organizer for the Trump 2016 campaign
  • Chris McNeil, of Granville, a director of marketing for Pinnacle Metal Products and sports commentator.
  • Kevin Miller, of Newark, an Ohio State Highway Patrol staff lieutenant serving as the Patrol’s legislative liaison.
  • Glenn Mishler, of Coshocton, a Coshocton City councilman
  • Brittany Misner, of Hebron, the vice president of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce and president of the Lakewood Local School District
  • Travis Post, of Corning, a Monroe Township Trustee and assistant director of campus recreation at Ohio University
  • Ryan Rantz, of Coshocton, a former operations manager for a digital consulting company.
  • Patrick Simpson, of Newark, a human resources consultant for Genesis Healthcare Systems.
  • David Snider, of Somerset, the Somerset Village Council president and director of the Rush Creek Conservancy District
  • Zoey Stenson, of New Lexington, an office clerk at the Perry County Treasurer’s Office
  • Sherry Truex, hometown and work history not known.



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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.