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21 endorse Valley man for state House seat

Nick Santucci, a Republican seeking to run in the Ohio House’s 64th District, has received the endorsements of 21 Republican state legislators including the entire House GOP leadership team.

Santucci of Howland also said his campaign has more than $100,000 in its account. Campaign finance reports need to be filed by next week.

Among Santucci’s endorsements are House Speaker Bob Cupp, Speaker Pro Tempore Tim Ginter, Majority Floor Leader Bill Seitz, Assistant Majority Floor Leader Rick Carfagna, Majority Whip Don Jones and Assistant Majority Whip Cindy Abrams.

Santucci also has the backing of local legislators: state Rep. Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta; state Sen. Sandra O’Brien, R-Lenox; and state Sen. Michael Rulli, R-Salem.

“The outpouring of support has been incredible and is a clear indication that Columbus is paying attention to this race,” Santucci said.

Two Democrats — Vincent Peterson II of Howland and Bria Bennett of Warren — plan to file for the same state House seat.

Wednesday is the filing deadline.

Under a map approved last week by the Ohio Redistricting Commission, the 64th includes all of Warren, Girard, Niles, Hubbard, McDonald, Liberty, Howland, Weathersfield and Vienna and a section of Warren Township. The map is being challenged as being unconstitutional in the Ohio Supreme Court.

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