Democrat running for 15th Congressional District drops out of race

Former Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Danny O'Connor spoke to supporters at an election-night rally a few years ago in Westerville, Ohio. FILE

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Former Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Danny O'Connor spoke to supporters at an election-night rally a few years ago in Westerville, Ohio. FILE

O’Connor cites redistricting as basis for decision.

One of two Democrats running for the 15th Congressional District, which covers parts of Clark and Miami counties, has dropped out of the race.

Danny O’Connor announced his decision from his campaign headquarters Thursday.

“After much discernment, we have decided to end our campaign for Ohio’s 15th Congressional district,” O’Conner said in a statement.

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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.

“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.

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Mike Carey, a Republican, will now face Democrat Gary Josepheson in November.

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