Rep. Ryan to face no challengers in primary
By Ashley Luthern
Of the four candidates who originally filed to run for Congress in the 13th District, only two — including the incumbent — refiled.
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-17th of Niles, and Marisha Agana, of Howland, who filed as a Republican, submitted their nominating petitions by the 4 p.m. Friday deadline.
Lisa Regula Meyer, of Kent, and John Stephen Luchansky, of Boardman, had filed as Democrats by the original Dec. 7 deadline but did not refile.
Nominating petitions submitted by the Dec. 7 deadline were voided when Republican and Democratic state legislators did not reach an agreement on congressional redistricting by that date. The Ohio secretary of state had urged congressional candidates to file by Dec. 7, the deadline for all other candidates running in the March 6 primary with the exception of presidential contenders.
Lawmakers reached an agreement Dec. 14, approving revamped congressional district lines and setting a single primary date of March 6, rather than separate primary elections in March and June. Congressional candidates had until Friday to refile their petitions.
The 13th District covers much of what is the current 17th District. The 13th District includes the southern portion of Trumbull County and the northern part of Mahoning County as well as portions of Portage, Stark and Summit counties.
Portions of Mahoning County, such as Boardman, were moved from the 6th district and put into the new 13th District as a result of redistricting.
All of the candidates in the other two congressional districts that cover the Mahoning Valley refiled by Friday.
In the 6th District, which stretches along the eastern part of the Ohio River, Cas Adulewicz, of Steubenville, and ex-Congressman Charlie Wilson, of St. Clairsville, filed as Democrats.
Current U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6th of Marietta, and Victor Smith, of Waterford, filed as Republicans.
The 6th District covers 18 counties, including southern Mahoning County and all of Columbiana County.
Ex-U.S. Rep. John Boccieri, a Democrat from Alliance who lost his 2010 re-election bid, had said previously he considered running in the 6th District, but did not file.
Northern Trumbull County is in the 14th District, where all four original candidates submitted nominating petitions, including incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, R-14th of Bainbridge.
Dale V. Blanchard, of Solon, filed as a Democrat; David Macko, of Solon, filed as a Libertarian; and Elaine Mastromatteo, of Bristolville, filed as a Green Party member.