New Carlisle resident Kevin F. White is throwing his hat into the already crowded field to replace John Boehner as the District 8 representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A political newcomer, White, a Republican, has always been interested in a role in government, he said. White and his wife of 28 years, Rose, have five children. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 2013, where he was deployed six times and flew more than 1,000 combat hours.
White currently operates the Homestead Feed Supply in New Carlisle.
“At 51 and retired from one of my two jobs and with an opening for a special election, it seemed like the right thing to do,” White said.
The primary goal is to get his message out and see if it resonates with the people, White said. He pulled election petitions last week, according to the Butler County Board of Elections.
White is a conservative who believes in the 2nd Amendment and free market-based capitalism. He opposes abortion, big government and redistribution of wealth, he said. If elected, White said his job would be to fight for the average American.
“If we’re going to unleash the power of American ingenuity, then we need to constantly push back the tendency of government and people in government for their own reasons to grow at our expense,” White said. “At the end of the day, the strength of the nation is found within the strength of the workers like you and me who are out here generating jobs and commerce and wealth for our generation and generations to follow.”
Thirteen different candidates, including State Representative Bill Beagle and former Boehner challenger and Cedarville University professor J.D. Winteregg, have pulled petitions for the special election and the full-term election in November of 2016.
With more candidates, White feels he can emerge from the pack better than in a traditional race, he said.
“It typifies the American system,” White said. “We’re supposed to get involved and let the people make the choices. That’s kind of a breath of fresh air for a change.”
The special election date cannot be picked by Gov. John Kasich until Boehner officially resigns from office. The 8th Congressional district encompasses all of Clark, Butler, Darke, Miami and Preble counties and a piece of Mercer County.
The winner will serve the remainder of Boehner’s term and would have to run for re-election in November 2016 for the next two-year term.
Boehner has held the seat since he was first elected to Congress in 1990. He was elected Speaker of the House in 2011.
In September, Boehner announced he would resign from Congress at the end of this month, but recently said he would stay on to help elect the next Speaker of the House.