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Conservative Democrat Runs for House Seat in Ohio #OH06

Johnson, a Republican, has drawn a new challenger. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Johnson, a Republican, has drawn a new challenger. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Rep. Jennifer Garrison announced Monday that she will challenge GOP Rep. Bill Johnson for his conservative, southeast Ohio district.

“Both political parties have not focused enough on jobs, job security, and the kitchen table issues that our neighbors and families face everyday,” Garrison said in a release.

Democrats face an uphill battle to pick up this district, which hugs the Buckeye State’s eastern borders with West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Mitt Romney won this district by more than 12 points in 2012.

What’s more, the party might have to contend with a primary first. State Sen. Lou Gentile is also mulling a run.

Garrison has had primary trouble with her fellow Democrats in the past, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The race is currently rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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