Dispatch: Five Republicans in central Ohio already seeking to replace Rep. Steve Stivers in Congress

From The Columbus Dispatch:

Five Republicans have launched their campaigns for the 15th District Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers in May.

Candidates who have filed for the job so far are:

  • Sen. Bob Peterson of Washington Courthouse.

  • Sen. Stephanie Kunze of Hilliard.

  • Rep. Jeff LaRe of Violet Township.

  • Rep. Brian Stewart of Ashville.

Fairfield County commissioner Jeff Fix also announced a run.

A handful of Democrats have expressed interest but have yet to file campaign paperwork.

Stivers will step down May 15 to lead the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

Gov. Mike DeWine set the special election primary for Aug. 3 and the general election for Nov. 2 for Stivers' replacement.

Peterson announced this week that he has raised $100,000 in his first week of campaigning. He pledged to fight for conservative values, a balanced budget and eliminate wasteful spending.

Kunze announced her run on Wednesday, saying she'd build off of Stivers' work in Congress "to be a champion for common sense Ohio values, promote economic development and growth and support hard-working families."