Tossing his hat into the ring for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio’s 12th District, John Baumeister has registered as a write-in candidate.
“I don’t know if I’m an old-school Republican or what, but it seems people aren’t listening to those outside the beltway,” he said.
Officials of the Franklin County Board of Elections have confirmed that Delaware resident John Baumeister is a Republican write-in candidate for U.S. House in Ohio’s 12th District for the Nov. 8 election. His name will not appear on ballots, and he’s counting on voters to write in his name.
Baumeister is seeking to upset incumbent Patrick Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, who is seeking re-election this November for the congressional seat.
Baumeister said he is not happy with how business is being handled by the current representation in Washington, D.C. “Look who’s in Congress now,” Baumeister said. “I would like to see someone working on the issues, instead of fundraising.”
“We continue to send the same people to represent us in Washington and have not seen the changes or even a conversation on fixing the problems that have made the government so inefficient,” Baumeister said. “Politics as usual is no longer acceptable to the people.”
Big money controlling the elections and the constant battles between the two parties have left people feeling that the government no longer represents them, Baumeister said.
Baumeister decided to run a more personal type of campaign by knocking on doors. He said that when he knocked on one door, the woman who answered said she has never had a candidate do that before and liked the idea.
Baumeister said he is also trying to get the word out that he is running for Congress by doing media interviews. “It’s a very tough road I’ve chosen,” he said. “I need the media’s help in getting the word out there.”
Baumeister, 54, is a lifelong Ohio resident who has lived most of his life in Hilliard. He and his family moved to Delaware three years ago.
He owns an event service called “Ten Speeds Productions,” working with sponsors of marathons, bicycle races and other types of events and ensuring the event’s safety and that they run smoothly.
In the off-season, Baumeister volunteers to tutor at-risk kids. “I try to get them to understand the importance of education,” he said.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.