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Some lawmakers think moving the candidate filing deadline is an option that should be considered now

voters cast ballots at a voting location
Dan Konik
Statehouse News Bureau
Voters cast their ballots at a voting location. Those who wish to run for Ohio House and Senate seats during the next election might find themselves bumping up against a tight filing deadline Feb. 2.

The Ohio Supreme Court’s decision rejecting new maps for Ohio House and Senate districts could be causing confusion among candidates. They must file to run for those offices by Feb. 2. But some lawmakers think it might be a good idea to consider moving that date.

Republican Rep. Brian Stewart (R-Ashville) says moving the filing deadline back to a later date is an option that should be left on the table.

“Even if the Redistricting Commission comes up with a new map in 10 days that puts us at January 22nd, and it’s possible that map may be challenged too,” Stewart said.

Stewart notes candidates might not know which district they’d be representing until days before the current deadline. And he questions if that would be enough time to gather signatures. Only 50 are needed, but candidates usually aim for double that to ensure they meet the threshold.
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