Longtime Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, Vern Riffe used to say – “There’s only two ways to run – scared or unopposed.” State Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) will most likely not lose any sleep as he runs for the 90th District post again.
Teresa Knittel, deputy director of the Scioto County Board of Elections, verified to the Daily Times on Thursday that Tara Cordle, who was to be Johnson’s Democratic Party opponent in the November election, has withdrawn from the race.
“We received the (withdrawal) letter June 8,” Knittel said. “The (Democratic) Party had until (Aug.) 15th to fill that position and that already passed. So Johnson will not have any opposition on the ballot.”
Is there a way someone could oppose Johnson before November?
“Write-in deadline is Aug. 29 by 4 p.m.,” Knittel said.
Johnson is running for his fourth and final term as State Representative. Johnson, a physician, served as Scioto County Coroner from 2002-2012, leaving that position after being elected to represent Ohio’s 89th House District. That eventually evolved into the 90th District. Having seen first-hand as county coroner the destructive impacts of prescription drug abuse, Johnson partnered with fellow representative and pharmacist Dave Burke to author House Bill 93, dubbed the “Anti-Pill Mill Bill.” It passed the legislature in a short period of time and led to the disbanding of 11 “pain clinics” in Scioto County.
The Times reached out to Cordle for a comment, but the call was not returned by this story’s deadline.
According to the Secretary of State’s website, military and overseas voting begins Oct. 2, Absentee voting by mail and early in-person voting begins on Oct. 12. The hours for in-person voting are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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