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Damschroder withdraws as House candidate

Tom Jackson • Feb 14, 2014 at 7:28 AM

State Rep. Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, who had been expected to easily win re-election to his House District 88 seat in Sandusky County, is considering his legal options after withdrawing his candidacy for the seat.

Damschroder said Thursday he withdrew after discovering that he made a clerical error in his declaration of candidacy. He was supposed to sign it eight times but only signed in seven times.

He said Republican Party lawyers in Columbus are exploring whether he can run as a write-in candidate. Damschroder's withdrawal means there are currently no declared candidates for the seat.

"All I can do is wait until the legal beagles come along," said Damschroder, 63, who said he expects to hear from the lawyers within a few days. "My career is at stake here."

The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate is 4 p.m. Feb. 24, said Lisa Hartley, director of the Sandusky County Board of Elections. 

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