County auditor to seek Speaker Boehner’s House seat in Ohio

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a naews conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. In a stunning move, Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatened an institutional crisis. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a naews conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. In a stunning move, Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatened an institutional crisis. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio auditor is joining the race for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Speaker John Boehner.

Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds scheduled a Wednesday announcement in West Chester Township. The Republican has been the county’s auditor since 2008, winning re-election in 2014 with more than 71 percent of the vote.

Second-term Republican state Sen. Bill Beagle of Tipp City joined the 8th District race last week. Troy teacher J.D. Winteregg also is running after a 2014 primary challenge to Boehner, who is stepping down Oct. 30 from the speakership and the congressional seat he first won in 1990.

A large field is expected in the Republican-dominated district. Special election dates haven’t been set.

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