Saying he’s been emboldened by “tremendous” support from his constituents, State Representative Rex Damschroder (R- Fremont) will have his wife, Rhonda, run as a write-in candidate in the May 6 primary election as a placeholder for him on the ballot.
If she were to win the nomination, she would then withdraw from the race which would allow party officials in the 88th House district to put his name on the ballot for the November general election.
Rep. Damschroder was forced to withdraw from the race after the Sandusky County Board of Elections discovered he hadn’t signed some of his candidate petitions.
Damschroder said in a prepared statement he had filed his petitions on Jan. 27 to run for a third term for a House seat representing the 88th district, which covers all of Sandusky County and most of Seneca County.
“At the time, it was encouraging to learn that no other candidate from either party had chosen to run for the seat – therefore making the race for my re-election unopposed,” he said. “This was the first time in decades that the district faced no opposition candidates. Let me be clear, the filing error was my mistake and I take full responsibility for it.”
After researching state law, he realized the mistake not only voided his petitions but he was also unable to run as a write-in candidate.
His only option is to have a qualified person run as a placeholder write-in candidate, he said.
His wife, a school teacher for more than 35 years, has been involved in his past campaigns, most recently as treasurer.
An employee of the Sandusky County Board of Elections said Friday the Damschroders had just filed her petitions that afternoon and William Reineke, a Tiffin businessman, had filed the day before to also be on the Republican primary ballot as a write-in candidate.
The deadline for write-in candidates to file is Feb. 24.