The incumbent Republican in the newly redrawn 12th Congressional District hopes to fend off opposition from within his party while two Democrats are squaring off in the March 6 primary election for their party's nomination.

The incumbent Republican in the newly redrawn 12th Congressional District hopes to fend off opposition from within his party while two Democrats are squaring off in the March 6 primary election for their party's nomination.

The winners of each contest will face one another Nov. 6.

On the Republican side, voters will choose between U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, 49, of Genoa Township, who was first elected to the post in November 2000, and William Yarbrough, 42, of New Albany, who has a master's degree from the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University and has spent two decades in private industry business leadership.

Democrats will decide between Doug Litt, 55, of Mansfield, who has spent 38 years in the manufacturing industry on both the labor and management sides, and Jim Reese, 33, of Gahanna, a small-business owner and managing partner at Bogart and Reese LLC, which he described as a firm specializing in "people's law."

Yarbrough, who said he is a lifelong Ohioan, has been married for 18 years and is the father of two sons, ages 14 and 11. He has a bachelor's degree from Otterbein College, now Otterbein University. He said he is employed as an "organizational business development consultant."

He said his primary reason for running is that government has gotten too large.

"Economic turmoil is a result of too much government interference in the marketplace, stunting job growth and individual liberty," Yarbrough wrote. "Our debt has become a national security issue; we're borrowing money to sustain our addiction to entitlement spending, corporate welfare, and nation-building around the world. Pat Tiberi, my opponent, talks a good game about debt and deficit, but then votes for Cash for Clunkers, doubling the size of the Department of Education, bank bailouts, farm subsidies, and over $16 trillion in debt. Enough is enough if we are to survive as a free and prosperous nation."

Tiberi is a graduate of Northland High School and majored in journalism at OSU.

"My primary reason for running is to continue my fight to ensure that our next generation has the same opportunities that previous generations have had to realize their own American dream," he wrote. "Raising four young daughters with my wife, Denice, has reinforced my belief that America's best days are yet to come. However, a lot of hard work and difficult decisions need to be made to secure a prosperous future.

Reese said he was raised by a single mother in Detroit. He graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in American studies and then worked his way through Capital University Law School.

His reason for seeking the Democratic nomination: "Economic revival."

"I want to be of service to the people in my district and Ohio," wrote Litt, who was born in Norwalk, graduated from the Ontario, Ohio, school system and has lived most of his life in Mansfield.

In addition to nearly four decades in manufacturing, Litt said he also has done "various volunteer work, such as coaching softball and baseball, volunteer for hospice, juvenile courts, United Way campaigns, elected grievance committee and steward."

He also stated that he has the "knowledge of negotiations and compromising, understanding of what the people face through hardships during downturns and layoffs, and what it means to make your own budget."