Dublin City School District Board of Education member Stu Harris has announced he will run for state Representative in the May primary election.

Dublin City School District Board of Education member Stu Harris has announced he will run for state Representative in the May primary election.

Harris, who has served on the school board for 12 years, has filed his petition to run for the 21st House District seat in the Ohio General Assembly. He said he has filed to run in the Republican primary in May.

Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) holds the seat now. His term expires Dec. 31 and because of term limits he cannot seek re-election to the seat in this year's election.

Harris said if he were to win the Republican primary race and then the general election race in the fall, he would resign from the school board. His term on the board is to expire Dec. 31 of 2021, he said.

Harris works is a lawyer at Nationwide Insurance. His community involvement includes coaching Dublin Youth Athletics teams, Dublin Special Olympics and the Miracle League.

Harris said education, which he has focused on as a board of education member, is vital to the economy and obtaining employment.

"It's all about education," he said.

According to the Franklin County Board of Elections, others who have filed petitions as candidates for the 21st House seat include:

* Beth Liston, Dublin, Democrat.

* Doug Smith, Worthington, Republican.

* Mindy Yocum, Dublin, Democrat.

Smith is a sitting Worthington city councilman.

The filing deadline for candidates was Feb. 7. The board of elections will examine the potential candidates petitions and if they are approved, their names will be placed on the May 8 primary election ballot. The two Democrats will run against each other and the republican candidates will square off. The winners of those races will run for election in the Nov. 6 general election.

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