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Democratic Candidate for 93rd House District withdraws

June 6, 2012

Luke Scott, candidate for Ohio House of Representatives 93rd District has withdrawn his candidacy.

WELLSTON – The Democratic candidate in the race for the Ohio House of Representatives 93rd District seat has withdrawn his candidacy.

In a letter to the Lawrence County Board of Elections, Luke Scott (D-Wellston) stated that he was withdrawing his candidacy while continuing his term as the president of Wellston City Council and furthering his education.The 93rd District currently remains the 87th District and is served by Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Gallipolis).The District will become the 93rd District after the November general election. Smith was appointed to the seat after his victory in the Republican primary. The seat was formerly held by Rep. John Carey (R-Wellston), who resigned in January.
Scott stated in his letter that, “It is with the utmost regret that I must withdraw as a candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives for the 93rd District.”In the letter, Scott said he has spoken with the citizens of the district and appreciates the support they have offered him. He said those citizens have expressed their concerns to him and he believes the Democratic Party will address those issues with the candidate who replaces him.“I am confident the Democratic Party will find a candidate that feels as I do that the 93rd District should come first when it comes to finding jobs for Southeastern Ohio citizens; that every Ohioan deserves an equal quality education; and that the people in the 93rd District need to have a voice in the legislature,” Scott stated in the letter.

Scott stated in the letter he will continue to serve as the president of the Council and he will continue his studies at Ohio University. He stated he will support and campaign for the person selected to run in his place.

“For now I feel my focus needs to be on my education and continuing to do what I can do to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Wellston,” Scott stated in the letter.

According to the Vinton County Board of Elections, the Democrat Party will have until Aug. 13 — 86 days before the general election — to certify a new candidate after a candidate has withdrawn. That candidate must be certified by the party at the Lawrence County Board of Elections. If the party does not certify a new candidate by that time,  Smith will automatically be awarded the seat.

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