U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, is facing a likely primary challenge next year from fellow Democrat Dennis Kucinich, a longtime member of Congress and former Cleveland mayor.
On Tuesday, Republicans who control Ohio’s legislature unveiled a redistricting plan that would extend Kaptur’s district eastward into Cleveland, putting her and Kucinich in the same district. The two are both longtime Democratic incumbents.
Kucinich responded by issuing a statement suggesting that he plans to run again, even if he has to challenge a fellow Democrat.
“It is an amazing turn of events that the legislature decided not to dismantle the district I represent,” he said.
The chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, Chris Redfern, is threatening to force a statewide voter referendum on the new House districts if Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly don’t alter their plans.
Redfern said it is ridiculous to divide Erie County into three separate House districts, giving part of it to U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who lives hundreds of miles away in Urbana.
Read more about the redistricting and Kaptur's response in Thursday's Register.