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Gavarone announces run against Kaptur in re-shaped 9th district

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Theresa Gavarone(WTVG)
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 10:25 PM EST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) - A state senator from Bowling Green is throwing her hat in the ring to head to Washington D.C.

Senator Theresa Gavarone officially announced on Tuesday morning that she is challenging long-time Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in the newly drawn Ohio 9th Congressional district.

“For the past four decades, Marcy Kaptur has occupied this seat in Congress but has delivered nothing except runaway inflation driven by unprecedented government spending. Northwest and Northern Ohio families need a representative who works for them, not for Nancy Pelosi and the radical left,” Gavarone said in a press release. “I am running for Congress to deliver real, conservative results for families across the 9th District.”

Kaptur has held the seat for nearly 40 years and is the longest-serving woman in U.S. House of Representatives history.

Gavarone has served as a state representative and Bowling Green city council member. She is currently a state senator serving all or parts of Erie, Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, and Wood counties.

The newly drawn 9th Congressional District includes all or part of Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood counties.

Gavarone is the third person to enter the race for the Republican nomination. The primary election for that race will be held next May.

She has lived in Northern Ohio her entire life. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and her law degree from the University of Toledo. She has been an attorney for over 25 years and co-owns a restaurant with her husband, Jim, with whom she has raised three children.

“During my time in elected office, we cut income taxes, balanced Ohio’s budget, expanded legal gun rights, protected life, and much more,” Gavarone said. “During her time in elected office, Marcy Kaptur consistently stood with Nancy Pelosi over the interests of her district. Enough is enough.”

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