Householder Remains on Ballot Despite Federal Charges

Despite facing federal charges of engineering a $61 million racketeering and bribery scheme to bail out Ohio’s two nuclear-power plants, former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) did not end his re-election bid for House District 72 before a key deadline earlier this week, preserving his place on the November ballot.

Gongwer News Service reports that with Householder “seemingly intent on running,” local GOP officials were unable to select a new candidate. The former speaker has informed his colleagues he has no intention of resigning. If convicted, he would be forced to leave office, although that is unlikely to occur before Election Day.

“Multiple write-in candidates have thrown their names into contention,” Gongwer reported. 8/12/2020