CINCINNATI (AP) — A Green Party candidate vying to fill Republican former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s unexpired congressional term in a special election next month won’t be eligible to run under the Green Party banner in November for the full two-year term, an elections official said Tuesday.
The deputy director of the Butler County Board of Elections in Hamilton said Jim Condit Jr. became ineligible to run as a Green Party member in the November election for the 8th Congressional District seat when he voted a Republican ballot in the March presidential primary.
Ohio voters declare party affiliation when voting in primaries, Deputy Director Jocelyn Bucaro said.
The board informed Condit in a May 16 letter that Ohio law states a candidate voting in a primary as a member of a political party different from the party that nominated the candidate forfeits the nomination.
But Condit remains on the ballot for the June 7 special election to complete Boehner’s term because there wasn’t time, by law, for the Green Party to nominate another candidate, Bucaro said.
Apparently there isn’t an active Green Party in Butler County. A message seeking comment from the Green Party in adjacent Hamilton County wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday.
Condit acknowledged that he made a mistake.
“I stupidly voted in the Republican primary,” he said Tuesday.
Condit said he’s reviewing possible options for November but doesn’t expect to make any decision until after the June special election.
“I run to win, but the minimum I can do is to get my message on the air,” he said.
Bucaro said it hadn’t been determined whether Condit legally could run in November as a write-in candidate.
Republican Warren Davidson and Democrat Corey Foister also are competing in the June and November elections for the seat in the heavily Republican district, which spans six counties along the Ohio-Indiana border.
Boehner vacated the seat last year, when he stepped down as House speaker.