Scott Wharton, a Democrat from Amanda, has filed petitions with the Franklin County Board of Elections to run in the May 6 primary elections for the right to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Upper Arlington) in this fall’s general election for the 15th Congressional District seat.
Wharton is currently the only Democrat who has filed petitions for the May ballot. The filing deadline is Feb. 5. Candidate petitions won’t be certified by the elections board until Feb. 18.
Wharton is a U.S. Air Force veteran and captain with Delta Airlines. He grows corn and soybeans on his farm in Amanda, which is in Fairfield County.
According to a press release issued Friday, Jan. 24, announcing that he had filed nominating petitions, Wharton began laying the groundwork for his campaign in early 2013 and has met with political and community leaders in every county in the 15th District. Last summer and fall, he gained some notice in central Ohio communities by driving his farm tractor in parades around the district.
“Congress exists to solve problems and to get the job done for all Americans. I’m running because by all measures, our representation in Washington is failing regular people,” Wharton said.