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Wednesday, August 23

OH-18: Homrighausen (R) Drops Out of Primary

As reported in the Dover Times Reporter here, Mayor Richard Homrighausen (R-Dover) "stunned supporters with the surprise announcement" that he is dropping out of the September 14 special primary to replace scandal-tainted 18th District incumbent Rep. Bob Ney (R-Heath). Homrighausen had the highest profile among six opponents to State Sen. Joy Padgett (R-Coschocton), Ney's hand-picked successor, whom Homrighausen now pledges to support.

Homrighausen cited the harm to the City of Dover of having both its mayor and its law director, Democratic candidate Zack Space (D-Dover), on the campaign trail as one of the factors leading him to decide to withdraw. The others included that he enjoys being mayor and hopes to complete his work on the city’s fiber optic network and expansions of its wastewater treatment and municipal light plants.

Ri-i-ight, that sounds convincing.

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