The Latest: Candidates vie for Boehner-vacated US House seat


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the candidate forum for the special election to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Republican John Boehner (all times local):

7 p.m.

The three candidates competing to succeed Ohio Republican John Boehner (BAY’-nur) in Congress are making their cases to voters at a forum, with their special election looming June 7.

The Republican and Green Party nominees spoke out strongly against abortion and new restrictions on gun ownership. The Democratic nominee said he’s “pro-choice” and more needs to be done to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Nearly 100 people turned out Monday evening for the forum at Miami University’s downtown Hamilton event center.

Army veteran and businessman Warren Davidson won the GOP nomination by topping a 15-candidate field in the March 15 primary. Corey Foister won the Democratic nomination unopposed. Jim Condit Jr. is running under the Green Party banner.

Boehner vacated the seat last year when he resigned as speaker of the House. He first won it in 1990.

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12:10 a.m.

Voters in western Ohio will hear from the three candidates vying to succeed John Boehner in Congress at a forum Monday evening.

Miami University’s event center in downtown Hamilton is hosting the candidates ahead of a June 7 special election to complete Boehner’s term. Boehner had held the heavily Republican 8th District seat since being elected in 1990, but vacated it last year when he stepped down as speaker of the House.

Army veteran and businessman Warren Davidson topped a 15-candidate GOP field that included two state legislators in the March 15 primary. Corey Foister ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination and Jim Condit Jr. is running under the Green Party banner.

The same three also won nominations to compete in November for election to a full term.

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