On the first business day following House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation, J.D. Winteregg filed his necessary paperwork, becoming the first candidate on the regular ballot to replace Boehner in Ohio’s 8th District.
Winteregg challenged Boehner in the 2014 primary, but lost. However, now that Boehner is out, this coming election presents a new opportunity for the aspiring politician.
“The Winteregg campaign is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to collect signatures for the special election to finish out John Boehner’s term through 2017,” Winteregg’s campaign stated in a press release.
“No other person had the courage to challenge John Boehner BEFORE he stepped down,” Winteregg touted. “I was also fully prepared to be the first person to submit the necessary paperwork to get on the primary ballot because, from the moment I announced my candidacy in April, I’ve been out meeting with–and listening to–the citizens of Ohio’s 8th District.”
He said elections should be an opportunity for voters, not politicians.
I stepped up to the plate because it was the right thing to do. A few career politicians will now throw their hats into the ring because it’s right for their resumes. Regardless of their motivations, however, I look forward to a civil and spirited debate with anyone who may suddenly become inspired to represent Ohio-8 voters. Ultimately, elections are about trust. Voters trust me to uphold our shared conservative principles because, (unlike the others who may jump in later), I was willing to put my reputation, my job and my time on the line when the safe play would have been to wait for an open seat.
Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich – also a GOP presidential candidate – is already in talks about planning the special primary election to replace Boehner, according to the Twinsburg Bulletin, which suggests the election could take place in December or January.