Joyce Beatty Latest Democrat to Join Ohio 3rd District Race

Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:41pm

Former state House Democratic Leader Joyce Beatty joined the race for Ohio’s newly drawn 3rd district last week.

“With Washington such a mess and so much at stake, I’ve decided the best way to make a difference now is to run for Congress,” Beatty says in a new radio advertisement for her campaign.

Beatty joins former Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy and state Rep. Ted Celeste in the Democratic-leaning district.

Ex-Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Leland was considering a bid but told Roll Call on Monday he will not run.

Earlier this year, Ohio Republicans drew the new 3rd district anchored in Columbus as a means to shore up GOP Members in neighboring districts.

State lawmakers continue to suggest additional changes to the Congressional map, but a source said none of them drastically affect the 3rd district. Lawmakers have until Wednesday to make any changes.