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Mike Kilburn to challenge Jean Schmidt in OH-02

DDN has the story on Kilburn filing papers:

Warren County commissioner Mike Kilburn is expected to file petitions today, Jan. 20 to challenge U.S. House Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Miami Twp. in the May Republican primary.

Kilburn, a commissioner for 28 years, said it’s time for a more conservative approach in the 2nd Congressional District, which covers eastern Warren County and a large portion of several other southern Ohio counties.

Kilburn said he will file his petitions at the Hamilton County Board of Elections, the county with the largest population in the 2nd Congressional District. The primary will be held May 4.

He sounds the right notes on spending but also speaks in the third person:

Kilburn has used his conservative roots and his outspoken comments on conservative spending to get elected. Several times he has been challenged by other Republican candidates, but has won by receiving 60 percent or more of the votes each time.

“People want politicians who are going to stick to their values. There’s no one more fiscally responsible than Mike Kilburn. I don’t like to spend my money and I won’t spend others,” he said.

I am not familiar with Kilburn. Anyone have strong opinions on how this will, or should, play out?

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