On January 5, Ohio Governor John Kasich said there will be a special U.S. House election on August 7, to fill the vacant seat in the 12th district. The seat is vacant starting January 15, when incumbent Pat Tiberi’s resignation is effective.
The Governor also set May 8 as primary day for that election. His directive says independent candidates need a petition of 1% of the last gubernatorial vote, due May 7. But he did not say how a new political party may participate in that election. Currently the Green, Republican, and Democratic Parties are on the ballot, and the Libertarian Party is quite close to finishing its party petition.
The 12th district is in central Ohio. It includes Mansfield and the northern suburbs of Columbus.