NEWARK The only candidate slated to appear on the ballot has been arrested. Two filed as write-ins. Everyone else waits for their opportunity if there is a resignation from office or withdrawal from the election.
Such is the state of the 72nd Ohio House District, which encompasses all of Perry and Coshocton counties, and a portion of Licking County.
State Rep. Larry Householder, R-Glenford, was arrested in July on racketeering charges, along with four associates. Federal authorities said Householder directed a $61 million scheme involving bribes and hidden campaign cash to bail out Ohio’s two financially ailing nuclear power plants, as well as return Householder to power as Speaker of the House.
Politicians and party officials in the three counties are scrambling to figure out all the potential electoral ramifications following Householder’s arrest. In a 91-0 vote, House members removed Householder as speaker, replacing him with Rep. Bob Cupp, R-Lima. But, Householder…