Ohio House Rep. Matt Lynch has avoided a Republican primary for the 76th District. Instead, he filed Feb. 5 to run for Congress against incumbent Republican David Joyce.
Lynch, of Chagrin Falls, is in his first term in the Ohio House. By switching to the Congressional race, Lynch avoids a primary with Sarah LaTourette who has filed for the state House seat. She is the daughter of former Congressman Steven C. LaTourette, who is now president of the Main Street Partnership in Washington, D.C. that wants to elect moderate Republicans across the country.
Sarah LaTourette is a resident of Bainbridge in Geauga County. She will go to the general election ballot where she will face Democrat Joseph Lanese, of Novelty in Geauga County.
In December, Lynch sent a fundraising letter to supporters, saying "strong conservatives" like him were being targeted by "moderate" forces in the Republican party.
Lynch was one of five legislators who filed a lawsuit to stop the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio. He was named by the Columbus Dispatch as one of a dozen "arch-conservatives" in the state House of Representatives.
The 76th District covers most of Geauga County and the northern part of Portage, including Aurora, Freedom, Garrettsville, Hiram Township and Village, Mantua Township and Village, Nelson, Shalersville, Windham Township and Village.
Congressional candidates in Ohio must file their petitions with the elections board in the county with the largest number of the district's residents. That's Lake County for the 76th District.
In the 75th District, which covers most of the county south of Aurora, Republicans Kenneth Hendrickson and Nick Skeriotis will fight to see who meets Democrat incumbent Kathleen Clyde in November. Clyde is unopposed for re-election.
Both Skeriotis and Hendrickson are from Suffield.
Skeriotis is the owner of a paving business. He was the Republican candidate two years ago and lost to Clyde of Kent.
This is Hendrickson's first run for elective office. In November, he spoke in support of the Freedom to Marry amendment, which would change Ohio's constitution to allow same-sex marriage.
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