Voters from Ohio's 12th Congressional District will choose among a Republican incumbent, a Democratic challenger and a third-party candidate when they go to the polls on Nov. 4.

Voters from Ohio's 12th Congressional District will choose among a Republican incumbent, a Democratic challenger and a third-party candidate when they go to the polls on Nov. 4.

Four-term Republican Rep. Pat Tiberi will face two challengers in his bid to remain a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for another two years.

Democrat and first-time political hopeful David Robinson and Libertarian candidate Steven Linnabary also are vying for Ohio's 12th Congressional seat, which represents Delaware County and portions of Franklin and Licking counties.

Tiberi, a 44-year-old professional politician who served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000, is a lifelong 12th District resident who resides at 2021 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. He's a graduate of Northland High School in Columbus and holds a bachelor of arts degree from TheOhio State University. He said he's seeking re-election to improve Ohioans' lives.

"One of my main goals as a congressman is to help central Ohioans and improve their daily lives," he said. "Whether that's by assisting area residents cut through bureaucratic red tape when getting their passport, receiving their Social Security benefits, or making sure our veterans get the services they need and deserve; I believe government should work for the people.

"I am working to solve real problems that Ohio families face; like lowering energy price, creating an environment where Ohio's small businesses can thrive, making healthcare more accessible and affordable, and creating a more secure retirement. I'm a proven leader who works every day to produce results that will lead to a brighter future."

Tiberi currently is a member of the U.S. House Ways and Means and Oversight committees, and he's the Ways and Means Committee designee to the House Budget Committee.

Robinson, 46, is vice president of family-owned Marcy Enterprises Inc., a light manufacturing company which produces commercial and industrial adhesive tapes and flexible packaging materials, primarily for the glass and automotive industries. He resides at 816 Summit St., Columbus, and has lived in the 12th District since he was 11 months old.

Robinson earned an honors degree in accounting from The Ohio State University, a master's degree in seminary from the Chicago Theological Seminary and Ph.D. in philosophy and psychology from Emory University.

He said he's running for Congress to limit special-interest influence on Capitol Hill, and to introduce new concepts for creating jobs, and growing the economy.

"I am not a career politician," Robinson said. "I am a concerned citizen, public advocate and small businessman ready to change the future of Ohio politics.

"I have dedicated much of my life to public advocacy ranging from the environment to Alzheimer's research. I'm running for Congress to help direct effective change and correct the course we've been on the past eight years. Like many constituents of the 12th Congressional District, I've grown weary of 'insider,' D.C. politics and pledge to be a problem-solver, initiator and leader to bring positive change to our community, state and country."

Robinson's signature program, The Apollo II program, was unveiled in February 2008. It proposes changing energy initiatives to bring jobs, economic vitality and sustainability to the 12th Congressional District.

Linnabary, 54, is a project representative for Columbus-based Resource International Inc., a 35-year-old development consulting firm. He resides at 2728 Christine Blvd., Columbus, and has lived in the 12th Congressional District for more than 30 years.

A graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and the University of Kentucky, Linnabary said he opposes the politics and policies of the two major parties, and hopes to bring a different perspective to the federal government.

Specifically, Linnabary wants to help open the election process to third-party candidates across the nation.

"If elected, I will oppose Democrats and Republicans in their: No. 1, opposition to free elections in the U.S.; No. 2, their stupid wars; No. 3, they both want to squander our children's futures by running up a record-high national deficit; and No. 4, Democrats and Republicans both favor torture (through support of the) Military Commissions Act," Linnabary said.