Who will replace Congressman Stivers

Published by: Andrew Canan

May 19, 2021 | Government Affairs

Long-time credit union champion Steve Stivers’ resignation from Congress became official on Sunday, May 16, as he begins his new chapter as the President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Now former congressman Stivers’ resignation set in motion the need for a special election to replace Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. With Governor DeWine’s announcement that the primary for the special election would take place on Aug. 3, followed by the general election on Nov. 2, he also set the filing deadline for all candidates as May 17. As expected, a number of candidates jumped to represent the 15th District, which ranges from Columbus to Athens to London to Wilmington.

For the Republicans, it will be a crowded field with 12 candidates filing to run in the Aug. 3 primary, including:

  • Mike Carey, VP of Govt Affairs at American Consolidated Natural Resources
  • Ruth Edmonds, former church relations director for the Center for Christian Virtue
  • Ron Hood, former state representative for the 78th District
  • State Senator Stephanie Kunze (Hilliard) – Ohio Senate District 16
  • State Representative Jeff LaRe (Violet Township) – Ohio House District 77
  • State Senator Bob Peterson (Washington Court House) – Ohio Senate District 17
  • State Representative Brian Stewart (Ashville) – Ohio House District 78

For the Democrats, only two candidates filed:

  • Greg Betts
  • State Representative Allison Russo (Upper Arlington) – Ohio House District 24

In partnership with CUNA and CULAC, the League will meet with the candidates for the open seat in the coming months to discuss their views and understanding of credit unions to determine potential support. To know more about these candidates or to participate in a candidate meeting, reach out to the League’s Senior Manager of Political and Grassroots Affairs Andrew Canan.


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Contact Andrew Canan for questions or assistance.

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