The November race for Ohio's 7th Congressional district will feature four contestants.

The November race for Ohio's 7th Congressional district will feature four contestants.

Incumbent Republican Steve Austria will seek re-election to a second term on Nov. 2.

The 51-year-old Beavercreek resident is being challenged by Democrat Bill Conner, Libertarian John Anderson and Constitution Party candidate David Easton.

The full-time congressman earned a bachelor of arts degree from Marquette University. He and his wife, Eileen, have three sons.

He said he's seeking to retain his seat because his experience and ideals will help turn around the economy.

"In my first term in Congress, I have listened to those I'm fortunate enough to represent," Austria said. "I have represented them in Washington by standing up against the Washington spending and borrowing. I opposed the bailouts, stimulus spending bill, cap and trade and the government takeover of our health care.

"I believe in limited government, lower taxes and less burdensome regulations on our small businesses and my voting record reflects that."

Conner, 66, is a software developer and also hails from Beavercreek. The Democratic challenger has been married for 43 years, has three children and six grandchildren.

He earned bachelor of science and master's of science degrees in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University.

"We need a congressman who works for the people, not corporate executives," Conner said. "Congressmen rely on these executives to fund their multi-million dollar campaigns and vote for corporate benefit, not for the people. Our national problems can be solved if Congress works in the best interests of our nation and its people.

"In my website,, I present solutions to all of the major problems facing us," he said. "I do not take campaign contributions from any special interests. I have the integrity, intelligence, and resolve to work effectively for the benefit of our nation. Because I can do it, I must."

Libertarian Anderson, 59, is single and resides in Enon. He earned bachelor's degrees in political science and history, and is a senior acquisition logistics consultant for DRC Corp.

"I'm running for office to get seven things done," Anderson said. "First, pass a balanced budget amendment. The Congress is spending us into bankruptcy. Second, pass a term limits amendment to limit the time congressmen and senators can serve. We must eliminate the plague of the 'career politician.'

"Third, pass the fair tax and eliminate all federal income taxes, business taxes, capital gains taxes, and inheritance taxes and the IRS. This is the stimulus our economy needs to create millions of new jobs. Fourth, restore the power of the 10th Amendment and restore the balance of power between the federal government and the states.

"Fifth, end the U.S. role as world policeman, which is unconstitutional. Sixth, reform the broken military weapon system acquisition system, and seventh, reform (and/or) study and downsize the massive federal bureaucracy, which has grown way too large."

Easton did not return six calls for comments and information about his candidacy. A website for the Constitution Party candidate could not be located as of ThisWeek's press time.

The 7th Congressional District encompasses parts of Clark, Fayette, Fairfield, Greene, Pickaway and Perry counties, and includes the communities of Springfield, Beavercreek, Circleville, Lancaster, Canal Winchester, Pickerington, New Lexington, Washington Court House and Nelsonville.

Bill Conner