Familiar foes will face off in November for the 31st Ohio Senate district seat when incumbent Tim Schaffer is challenged by Dennis Lupher.

Familiar foes will face off in November for the 31st Ohio Senate district seat when incumbent Tim Schaffer is challenged by Dennis Lupher.

Lupher, a 72-year-old Democrat, hopes the third time will be the charm on Election Day as he looks to take down Schaffer, a Republican who defeated Lupher for an Ohio House of Representatives seat in 2000 and again for the 31st Senate district seat in 2006.

In addition to being a three-term state legislator, Schaffer, 47, of Lancaster, is an association executive with the nonprofit Ohio Society of Professional Engineers and a related charity, Engineers Foundation of Ohio. He has also worked for the nonprofit American Diabetes Association and the Ohio Grocers Association.

He's been married to his wife, Lori, for 21 years.

A Lancaster High School graduate, Schaffer attended Ohio University before graduating with political science and communications degrees from Mount Union College.

"I am focused on a vision for our communities' future cutting taxes, creating jobs, leading anti-corruption reforms and building the best school system in America," he said. "We face many challenges as a state, but larger government is not the answer to our problems.

"I will continue cutting taxes for Ohio's families and small businesses because they know better than government how to spend their resources," Schaffer said. "I want to help shape a smaller, smarter state government and I have the knowledge and experience needed to make those tough decisions. Finally, I have a passion for serving all the constituents of the 31st Senate district."

Lupher, of Lancaster, is a retired captain in U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He also is the owner and manager of Lupher Rental Properties and is an economic professor at Ohio University's Lancaster campus.

Lupher and his wife, Mary Ann, have five children. He earned a bachelor of science degree in education, a master's degree in economics and a Ph.D. in economic education.

"I would find it very rewarding and a significant accomplishment to be able to help in building a stronger Ohio," Lupher said. "Ohio needs capable, qualified leaders who are willing to make the decisions which will lead to a better Ohio. This office would provide an excellent opportunity to serve the greater good.

"As your state senator, I would not be dependent on lobbyists or any other groups for political funding," he said. "The 'American Dream' has been good to me and my family. I wish to pass it on."

Fairfield, Hocking, Licking and Perry counties are entirely within the Ohio 31st Senate district.

The general election will be held Nov. 2.

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