Clayton Luckie withdraws from ballot

Published: Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 2:58 PM
Updated: Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 2:58 PM

State Rep. Clayton Luckie, D-Dayton, withdrew his name as a candidate for re-election this fall to the 39th House District, leaving the Montgomery County Democratic Party just enough time to select a replacement candidate by Monday’s deadline.

Luckie and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien confirmed this week that Luckie is under investigation for something other than bribery but neither would say what.

Members of the party’s central committee who live in the 39th House district will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday at Democratic headquarters to vote on a replacement candidate, said Montgomery County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Owens.

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Owens said former state senator Fred Strahorn and former Dayton mayor Rhine McLin have expressed interest. “Both of them have a good history of service to the community,” Owens said. “They both could win election and do a good job in Columbus.”

Strahorn and McLin could not be immediately reached for comment. Luckie has declined comment beyond a statement issued Thursday that said his staff is researching some errors made on reports.

“I take these matters very seriously and have instructed my team to conduct a full review of the reports in question. Out of respect for the process, I will not be addressing any questions until my team has completed their analysis,” he said in the statement.

His attorney, Lloyd Pierre-Louis, also declined to comment.