Voters in the area are in a new US congressional district this year
There’s a new U.S. congressman for residents of Richland, Ashland, and Crawford counties, and the updated district map will come into play for the first time at the polls this election.
The new map moves U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, and his fourth district from Crawford County to Richland and Ashland counties.
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Crawford County is now part of the Fifth District, a seat held by U.S. Representative Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green.
Richland County was previously divided between the Seventh and Twelfth Congressional Districts, and Ashland County was previously entirely within the Seventh District.
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Latta was elected to his current term in the United States House of Representatives in November 2020.
This year, he is running unopposed on the Republican ticket, according to Kim Rudd, director of the Crawford County Board of Elections.
County residents helped elect Jordan to another term in Congress in 2020, but now he no longer represents them.
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“The whole county was fourth and now we’re fifth,” Rudd said.
Although Latta has no challengers within his party, he will face opposition this fall.
The Democratic primary includes a race between Martin Heberling III and Craig Swartz.
“Whoever wins on the Democratic side will run against Latta in November,” Rudd said.
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Richland County is no longer split between two different congressional districts, according to Matt Finfgeld, director of the Richland County Board of Elections.
Constituents asked him this week when the change would take place, not realizing that Richland and Ashland counties had both been in the Fourth District since early March.
That might be a change for younger voters, but the new districts are closer to the map that was in place before 2012.
“Jim Jordan used to represent this area,” Finfgeld said. “He was on the ballot in 2010.”
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Jordan is running unopposed in the GOP primary, but will face one of two Democrats — Jeffrey Sites and Tamie Wilson — who are running in their party’s primary this spring.
Despite the change in the district map, voters will still report their assigned polling location as usual.
“They have nothing else to do,” Finfgeld said.