There will be no primary election for the 5th Congressional District, as U.S. Rep. Robert Latta, R-Bowling Green, begins his campaign for reelection. However, Latta will face two challengers in November.
Latta, along with Democrat Robert Fry of Toledo, and Libertarian Eric Eberly, of Bowling Green, have filed candidate petitions with the Lucas County Board of Elections. Election laws require candidates to file with the most populated county.
Ohio’s 5th Congressional District, which was redrawn on Jan. 1, 2013, also includes the counties of the Hancock, Wyandot, Hardin, Putnam, Henry, Wood, and all or part of eight other northwestern Ohio counties.
Latta first became the 5th District’s representative in a special election in December 2007, following the death of Paul Gillmor.
Latta was elected to a full term in 2008 and 2010, and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He was state representative for Ohio’s 6th House District from 2001-07. He was a state senator from 1997-2000, and a Wood County commissioner from 1991-96.
Fry is the senior pastor at Heritage Church of God, Maumee.
Eberly is a local entrepreneur, and ran unsuccessfully for the 5th District seat in 2012.