Vaughn, a 67-year-old Democrat, said she’s running because “ethics” has been the “first and foremost” issue people want to see improved.
Retherford, a three-term Republican, was first elected to the Statehouse in 2012 and won re-election in 2014 and 2016.
Retherford, 33, had faced a career-threatening felony charge this past March when he was arrested after he was found passed out in an idling pickup truck parked in the drive-thru lane of a Butler County fast-food restaurant. Police initially charged him with operating a vehicle while impaired, a misdemeanor, and improper handling of firearms in a vehicle, a felony, after finding a loaded handgun in his truck’s center armrest.
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A Butler County grand jury only indicted Retherford on the misdemeanor charge. He was later found guilty on that charge. Any state lawmaker found guilty of a felony charge is automatically removed from office, according to state law.
The Ohio 51st House District includes the cities of Hamilton and Fairfield as well as all or parts of Ross, Fairfield and St. Clair townships.