Petitions had to be re-filed by those running for Ohio's 6th district Congressional seat in the March primary but so far, no new candidates have taken advantage of the extended deadline.
Three of the four people who filed by the initial Dec. 7 deadline had re-filed as of Thursday, as they were required to do. The deadline to file is 4 p.m. today.
Those who had filed as of Thursday include Republican Congressman Bill Johnson, of Marietta, Democrat Charlie Wilson, of St. Clairsville and Democrat Cas Adulewicz, of Steubenville. Waterford resident Victor Smith, a Republican, had not re-filed as of Thursday.
All four had filed by the Dec. 7 deadline; however, they were required to re-file.
"Their filing became null and void because of the bill that moved the primary back to one primary on March 6," said Tara Hupp, deputy director of the Washington County Board of Elections.
In legislation passed Dec. 14, the Ohio General Assembly set Ohio's primary for March 6. Substitute House Bill 318 had previously established two primary elections in 2012, one in March and one in June.
"It was a minor issue but it was well worth it to save the state $15 million in doing multiple primaries," said Johnson.
Johnson said job creation is his top priority.
"That comes by cutting federal spending, forcing Washington to live within its means and regulatory reform to get the federal regulators like the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) off the backs of businesses so they can do what businesses do, which is create jobs," he said.
Johnson added that he has supported the more than 27 jobs bills that are currently sitting idly in the Senate.
Wilson held a 6th District Congressional seat for four years and he has thrown his hat into the ring once again.
"I truly believe the people in the 6th District are being represented by someone who is representing the wealthy people in the district and we don't have very many wealthy people in the 6th District," he said.
Wilson added that protecting Medicare and reducing the debt are among his priorities.
"In my opinion, the best way to reduce the debt is to create jobs and when people start paying taxes, the debt will come down," he said.
Adulewicz said he can bring his experience as an attorney to the position. He said he is technically retired but continues to work part-time through his private practice.
"I've been a lifetime attorney and legislators deal with laws," he said. "I think I should be on the floor when they're considering statutes."
Adulewicz noted that he has also been a lifelong Democrat and he doesn't like the attitude many Democrats have had lately about taxing and spending.
"We need to reign that in and be more conservative in that field," he said.
Smith could not be reached for comment Thursday.