by Garrett Frisk
Attorney Greg Wheeler is running for Congress in Ohio's 13th congressional district for a second time. Wheeler previously ran for this district in 2022, winning the endorsement of the newspaper The Plain Dealer but losing the Republican primary by 5.2% to fellow attorney Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, who had the support of former president Donald Trump. Though election forecasters favored her to win, Gesiotto Gilbert lost the general election to Democrat Emilia Sykes, the Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives, by a 5.4% margin. Gesiotto Gilbert has also announced that she will mount a second bid against Sykes, setting up a rematch with Wheeler in the Republican primary. Wheeler's campaign website can be found here.
This district currently encompasses the population corridor between the cities of Akron and Canton, but media sources have speculated that Republicans may attempt to redraw the state's congressional maps to be more favorable to them before 2024. However, Governor Mike DeWine has said he "isn't eager" to revisit redistricting, so the current congressional map might stay in place after all. Either way, keeping Sykes in office will be a top priority for House Democrats. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) recently included Sykes on their list of "Frontline" House Democrats who will receive additional assistance in their re-election campaigns.