6th District prize awaits candidates

The deadline is 4 p.m. today for candidates to file for the May 6 primary election in Ohio.

As of Tuesday four candidates had filed to run for Ohio’s 6th Congressional District, including two from Meigs and Jackson counties.

Democrat Greg Howard of Albany filed his candidacy papers Monday and will face Marietta Democrat Jennifer Garrison in the May 6 primary.

“I’ve not held political office before, but our current elected representatives are working for special interests like large corporations, not for the people they represent,” Howard said. “And this area’s economy needs to be a lot better.”

Owner of Gibson Ridge Farm in Meigs County, Howard is a longtime resident of Southeast Ohio who said he wants to address issues like monetary reform and international trade agreements if elected to Congress.

Libertarian Christopher Armstrong of Jackson is also throwing his hat into the ring for the 6th District seat, currently held by Republican Congressman Bill Johnson who filed for re-election Friday.

Meanwhile, two Republicans have filed for the 94th Ohio House of Representatives post currently held by Democrat Debbie Phillips of Albany.

Yolan Dennis of Fleming and Daniel Lantz of Pomeroy will face off in the May primary.

Phillips, who is seeking a fourth term in the Ohio House, said she plans to file for re-election in Athens County today. Although she may not have a challenger in the primary, Phillips said she’ll continue to stay in touch with the district.

“We’re still working on the capital budget, and I have a school safety bill working its way through the House, but I’ll continue to hold local roundtable meetings and discussions with constituents throughout the district,” she said.

Andy Thompson of Marietta, current Republican representative for the 95th House District, filed to run for a third term of office last week. And Democrat Charlie Daniels of St. Clairsville is making another bid for the 95th District seat in the 2014 election.

Daniels lost his campaign to unseat Thompson in the 2012 election.

In Washington County current auditor Bill McFarland, a Republican, has filed for a fourth four-year term in that office, and fellow Republican, Washington County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Williams, has also filed for a fourth term.

Current Republican Washington County Commissioner Tim Irvine is not seeking re-election this year, but two other Republicans, Jeremy Barton and Rick Walters, both from Coal Run, have filed to fill that position.

Tara Hupp, director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said although 4 p.m. today is the deadline for candidate filing, official certification of those candidates will not be completed by the election board members until Feb. 18.

“That’s the deadline by which all petitions must be finally certified,” she said. “Early absentee voting begins April 1 and will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until the weekend before the May 6 primary.”