The three Republican candidates for Ohio’s 51st House District race, and the one Democratic candidate, will address the public later this month at a forum hosted by the Journal-News and the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
Incumbent Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, is being challenged by former state lawmaker and former Butler County commissioner Greg Jolivette and Hamilton philanthropist Sara Carruthers for the GOP nomination for the Statehouse seat in the May 8 Republican primary election. The winner will face Democratic candidate Susan Vaughn in the general election this November.
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Whichever candidate wins in November will represent in Columbus the approximately 120,000 residents in the cities of Hamilton and Fairfield, Ross Township, and portions of Fairfield, Hanover and St. Clair townships for the next two years.
“We really believe that people should be educated voters when they go to the polls, and you can’t make a decision that’s best for you unless you have all the information,” said Dan Bates, president and CEO of the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
State lawmakers have a significant impact on the direction of Ohio as they introduce, contribute to and debate the merits of bills that impact communities, he said.
“They’re involved in organizations and funding streams that impact business and economic development, and you should have the person in there that you think is there for your best interest,” Bates said.
The forum is at 6 p.m. April 18 on the third floor of the former Hamilton municipal building at 20 High Street in downtown Hamilton.
While Vaughn doesn’t have an opponent in the May 8 Democratic primary election, Bates said it’s important the public hear from her.
“They all are going to be on the ballot, and this is her first opportunity to be talking to the public to hear about her priorities,” he said.
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