Mary Harshfield will remain on the November ballot as a Democratic candidate for the 83rd District seat in the Ohio House, though she plans to run a cost-free campaign.
Harshfield said Tuesday she had considered dropping out of the race, but apparently it was going to be quite difficult for the party to find a new candidate.
Harshfield will face Republican Jon Cross of Kenton, who beat Cheryl Buckland of Findlay in the GOP primary.
The 83rd House District includes Hancock and Hardin counties, and part of Logan County.
Harshfield wanted to drop out, but none of Democrat chairs in the three counties could find a replacement candidate, said Nancy Stephani, the Hancock County Democratic Party chair.
Harshfield, a retired French and English high school teacher, ran for the same Ohio House seat in 2016 and lost to incumbent state Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay. Sprague is term-limited and instead running for state treasurer this year.
Harshfield also ran unsuccessfully for at-large seats on Findlay City Council in 2015 and 2017.
Im not going to spend money on it this time, she said Tuesday.
Harshfield will be at the Hancock County Fair with her fellow Democrats, and perhaps at other events that require no spending.
If I were to win, I would be delighted to serve, she said, though she would be very surprised if that happened.
She lost to Sprague by a 3-1 margin in 2016.
Harshfield is remaining on the ballot to make sure voters have an option other than Cross, she said.
This is America, she said. We want to be able to choose from more than one candidate on the ballot.

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