A special election will be held for House Speaker John Boehner’s congressional seat, and the field is wide open for who might next represent Ohio’s 8th District. Boehner’s resignation Friday means voters will have to elect someone to finish his term through December 2016. His resignation takes effect Oct. 30 — too late to add his seat to the Nov. 3 General Election. There will be a primary and general election for the seat, and one election could align with an already scheduled election, such as the March 2016 primary.
Per state law, Gov. John Kasich decides the election dates. A Kasich spokesman said Friday his office was discussing the process with Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office.
Husted spokesman Joshua Eck said staff members are preparing different models for potential primary and general election dates, but Kasich has the final say. Eck said there is precedent for either date to match with existing election dates, like the 2007 primary election to fill Paul Gillmor’s seat, and for them being held on different dates, like the 2008 elections to fill Stephanie Tubbs Jones’ seat.