By DENISE GRANT
There will be no primary election contest in the 5th Congressional District as U.S. Rep. Robert Latta, R-Bowling Green, begins his campaign for re-election. 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 candidacy petitions with the Lucas County Board of Elections. Election laws require candidates to file in the most populated county in their congressional district.
Ohio’s 5th Congressional District, which was redrawn on Jan. 1, 2013, also includes Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Wood and Wyandot counties, and all or part of eight other northwestern Ohio counties.
Latta became the 5th District’s representative in a special election in December 2007, following the death of Rep. Paul Gillmor.
Latta was elected to full terms in 2008, 2010 and 2012. He serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
He was state representative for Ohio’s 6th House District from 2001-2007. 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 an entrepreneur, and ran unsuccessfully for the 5th District seat in 2012.
In Ohio’s 4th Congressional District, which is south and east of the 5th District, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, is unopposed. The 4th District includes Seneca, Sandusky and Allen counties.
Jordan serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He has served as chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservatives.
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