Arrest ends political career

Democratic congressional candidate Stephanie Studebaker is removing her name from the ballot after being charged with domestic violence, according to a statement posted Tuesday evening on her campaign Web site.

Studebaker and her husband, Sam, were booked Sunday morning into the Montgomery County jail after police answered calls about a fight in their home. Each was charged with domestic violence and released on a $25,000 bond.

“After deciding to focus my efforts entirely on my family, I am withdrawing my name from the ballot as a candidate for Ohio’s Third Congressional District, effective immediately,” the statement on the Studebaker for Congress site read.

She suspended her campaign Monday evening against two-term incumbent Mike Turner, a Republican already considered the solid favorite. The seat, in southwest Ohio, includes Clinton and Highland counties, most of Montgomery County and about half of Warren County.

Studebaker, 45, a veterinarian and political activist, won her party’s nomination in her first run for elective office. Dennis Lieberman, Montgomery County’s Democratic Party chairman, said a special primary election would be held to replace her.

That likely will be Ohio’s second special congressional primary next month. Six-term Republican incumbent Bob Ney officially withdrew from the 18th District race in southeast Ohio on Monday.

According to Montgomery County Sheriff Dave Vore, deputies observed evidence of a “physical altercation” on Sunday. Sam Studebaker, 39, told deputies “his wife had been beating him,” and had marks on right upper arm and right upper back, according to the incident report. His wife told deputies he had hit her, and she had marks on her right upper arm, the report says.


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