According to Gongwer News Service, House Republican screening panels are recommending candidates to the full chamber to fill two open seats.
The full caucus is expected to approve Jim Hoops, who served in the House from 1999-2006, to represent the 81st District, which was left open when Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) was appointed to the Senate.
Riordan McClain, son of former Rep. Jeff McClain, is favored to replace Wes Goodman in the 87th District in the seat previously held by his father.
Mr. Hoops, of Napoleon, is currently associate vice president for Strategic Initiatives at Northwest State Community College. He also previously served as Henry County auditor.
Mr. McClain, of Upper Sandusky, is director of Finance and Customer Service at Doc Investments LLC. He holds degrees from Bluffton University and the University of Findlay.
The two new lawmakers are expected to be sworn in during the House’s next voting session on Wednesday, Jan. 17. 1/11/2017