- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - The Republican nominee to succeed former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner in his district said Monday he’ll be a voice for the district in Washington and will push to get action on issues on which little has happened, such as the nation’s budget.

“We need to see results,” said Warren Davidson, expressing frustration about the need to curb spending, reform taxes and stimulate business growth. “It’s just addition and subtraction.”

Miami University’s event center in downtown Hamilton hosted Davidson and the Democratic and Green Party candidates in a forum ahead of a June 7 special election to complete Boehner’s term. Boehner, a Republican, had held the heavily Republican 8th Congressional District seat since being elected in 1990 but vacated it last year, when he stepped down as speaker of the House.

Davidson said people considered it “an honor” to have the speaker of the House from their home area but the district was ready to have “our own representative.”

Davidson, an Army veteran and businessman, topped a 15-candidate GOP field that included two state legislators in the March 15 primary. Corey Foister ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination, and Jim Condit Jr. is running under the Green Party banner.

Like much of the Republican field, the Miami County resident ran as a conservative non-politician. However, he got boosts from the backing of GOP Ohio U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan and the conservative advocacy groups Club for Growth and FreedomWorks.

Davidson and Condit spoke out strongly against abortion and new restrictions on gun ownership. Foister said he’s “pro-choice” and more needs to be done to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Condit drew a stir from the crowd of nearly 100 people when he blamed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on a conspiracy involving Israel to keep the United States involved in the Middle East and to take Americans’ freedoms away in the name of national security.

“9/11 is a lie in every major part,” Condit said.

Spectators chuckled when Foister followed by saying, “Getting back to reality … .”

Foister said it’s more important to focus on doing something about the region’s heroin crisis and about the high cost of college.

The three candidates also won nominations in March to compete in November for election to a full term in the next Congress.

The district spans six counties along the Ohio-Indiana border containing northern Cincinnati suburbs, working-class cities and long rural stretches.


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