- Associated Press - Sunday, January 10, 2016

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - After his surprise withdrawal while still considered a front-runner in the race to succeed longtime Rep. John Boehner , Butler County’s auditor emphasizes that family needs were his only reason for bowing out and says he could make another run later.

Roger Reynolds told the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (https://bit.ly/1mIhEHR ) he wasn’t able to balance family needs and his campaign for Ohio’s 8th district seat.

“Every time there was a conflict, the family came second,” Reynolds said.

The Liberty Township husband and father of two dismissed speculation that there was more behind his decision to drop out of the crowded field. At 46, he says he may run again when his daughters are older.

“There’s plenty of work here in the county and auditor’s office,” he said.

Reynolds announced his withdrawal last month, leaving more than a dozen Republicans still in the dual races to complete Boehner’s term and win a new one. Reynolds endorsed state Rep. Tim Derickson.

The executive chairman of the Butler County GOP, Todd Hall, said he was surprised but felt Reynolds was doing “what was best for his family.”

Reynolds said he believes most of his political supporters will “coalesce around” Derickson and that his withdrawal will give him a boost.

“With Butler County having roughly 45 percent of the total Republican votes (in the district), it helps him,” Reynolds said.

Boehner, a Butler County resident, first won the seat in 1990. He retired from Congress last year as he stepped aside as U.S. House speaker.

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