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Russo to campaign for 15th District special election

By: - May 11, 2021 3:31 pm

State Rep. Allison Russo. Photo from Ohio House website.

A Democratic state lawmaker is the latest candidate to seek the position in Congress left open by the departure of U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers.

State Rep. Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington, announced she will campaign for the 15th District seat. She hails from the same Columbus suburb as Stivers.

Russo, whose professional background is in public health, is serving her second term representing the Ohio House 24th District.

Russo and fellow Franklin County resident Daniel Kilgore are two Democrats competing for the 15th District primary election on Aug. 3. The candidate filing deadline is next Monday.

The Republican primary is a bit more crowded, with five candidates in so far: state Sen. Bob Peterson of Washington Court House; state Sen. Stephanie Kunze of Hilliard; state Rep. Brian Stewart of Ashville; state Rep. Jeff LaRe of Violet Twp.; Fairfield County Commissioner Jeff Fix; and Ruth Edmonds, who served as church relations director for the Center for Christian Virtue.

The primary winners will face off in a general election on Nov. 2. They will serve the remainder of the term through 2022.

Stivers is leaving Congress this weekend to become the new CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

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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.

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