8 file for HD76 election

Six Republicans – including the widow of the late Rep. David Brumbaugh – and two Democrats filed for the Aug. 8 special election primary for State House District 76.

That seat is empty due to the untimely death of Brumbaugh. Five of the seven candidates are teachers or former teachers. The district has many more registered Republicans than Democrats.

The district is bounded by Albany (61st) and New Orleans (101st) streets and Garnett Road and Elm Place (161st East Avenue).

Republican candidates are:

  • Shelley Brumbaugh, David Brumbaugh’s widow.
  • Cliff Johns, 37, an attorney and educator who has run for office unsuccessfully before.
  • Brian Elliott, a Union High School math teacher.
  • Ross Ford, a retired law officer.
  • Suzanne Dodson, a STEM educator.
  • Jess Guthrie, a business owner.

The two Democrats are:

  • Chris Vanlandingham, a Cascia Hall history and religion teacher.
  • Forrest Mayer, a science educator.

The Aug. 8 primary winners will meet in a Nov. 14 general election. The primary is “winner take all” with the top voter advancing even without 50 percent of the vote.