Ohio incumbent LaTourette announces retirement and replacement named

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August 31, 2012


By Jennifer Springer

Columbus, Ohio: Ohio's 14th district incumbent Steven C. LaTourette announced on July 31, 2012 that he would be retiring in 2012, rather than continuing his campaign for re-election.[1][2] LaTourette waited until after the primary election, which was held on March 6, 2012, delaying the announcement long enough to prevent the need for a special election to fill the 14th district seat.

LaTourette cited the demise of bipartisanship in Congress as one of the reasons for his retirement, saying the “'toll' of the acrimony in Washington had come to outweigh the benefits of being a congressman."[1] He had previously served nine terms as the representative of the 14th district, and was in the process of seeking re-election when he decided to retire. In a press conference in Ohio, LaTourette said the partisan environment “no longer encouraged the finding of common ground," and that "compromise had become 'a dirty word' in Washington."[1]

David Joyce was appointed by the Republican party in the 14th district as the replacement nominee on the Republican ticket.[1][2] He will face Dale Virgil Blanchard (D), Green Party candidate Elaine R. Mastromatteo, and Libertarian Party candidate David Macko in the general election.

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