O’Connor cited redistricting as the reason for his withdrawal.
“In 2018, Ohioans were loud and clear in their opposition to partisan gerrymandering,” he said in his statement. “A process was put in place that conferred the responsibility to end that gerrymandering to the Ohio Redistricting Commission. The Republican-controlled Ohio Redistricting Commission ignored that process, drew unconstitutional maps, and denied Ohioans the chance at fair representation.
After much discernment, we have decided to end our campaign for Ohio’s 15th Congressional district. Spenser and I thank you so much for your love and support towards our effort.
“It’s shameful that the ACLU Ohio and the League of Women Voters stopped fighting for fair maps in 2022,” he continued. “It allowed the Republican-dominated Redistricting Commission and the legislature to run roughshod over the Ohio Constitution and the will of Ohio voters.”
O’Connor’s decision eliminated the need for a primary in the 15th Congressional District.
Brooke Spurlock covers education, crime and more in Clark and Champaign counties as a journalist for the Springfield News-Sun. She has been a writer for a few years, which includes her previous work as a breaking news desk investigator. Spurlock has her BA in mass communications with a minor in psychology and her AAS in paralegal.