Incumbent Speaker of the House John A Boehner has run unopposed in Congressional District 8 since he has attained the Speakership. He has never debated an opponent who was challenging him to his House seat. Many of his constituents would like to hear from him regarding the legislation he has brought to the floor for a vote as Speaker. On behalf of all constituents of District 8, we are inviting him to defend his record as a member of the Republican leadership.

Tom Poetter, Democratic nominee from Oxford, challenges John Boehner to a public debate at any time and any place the Speaker chooses with any moderator he chooses within the counties of Butler, Mercer, Preble, Darke, Clark, or Miami. Speaker Boehner may choose the audience, venue, date, and time within the district.

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Why I’m Running

I’m running for Congress to bring leadership back to this district. Citizens lose the most with the status quo, and many feel dissatisfied with the current situation and want a change that will work for them. I intend to govern in the House of Representatives by collaborating, listening, building consensus, compromising, and acting in the best interest of all citizens and not just the special interests of the 1%, the rich, the powerful, and fringe elements. Read More »


John Boehner shut the federal government down in October 2013.

As the Speaker of the House, the third in line to the Presidency of the United States of America, he shut down the government of these great United States in a fit of pique over a settled law.

As Speaker of the House of Representatives, John A Boehner is in charge of bringing legislation to the floor for a vote. He is the one who decides what gets a vote in the House of Representatives. He’s decided that the best use of his and our legislature’s time is schedule votes on legislation like The Lightbulb Free Choice Act. AND IT DIDN’T EVEN PASS. The most powerful government in the WORLD, and that’s what he thinks we are capable of. His House is no only dysfunctional, it is damaging. The issues that most of us are facing, the issues that are pressing and terrifying, they don’t make it to the floor for a vote. Instead, we get 50 votes on the repeal of Obamacare.

Can Congress be judged on how many laws they pass? If so, this is the WORST Congress in American history. Speaker Boehner once said that Congress can be judged on how many laws they repeal. Do you know how many laws the 114th Congress has repealed? ZERO. Zero laws repealed. You’re welcome to judge them on that, too.

He’s done NOTHING.

We have faith in democracy and each other and my faith in these things has led me to value certain things like caring for others, showing compassion, and responding to NEED. And when you legislate and govern without thinking in a caring way, about people as they present themselves in a complicated world, and if you don’t use government in the service of people and their needs, what is the point? My faith has led me to value caring for others, showing compassion, and addressing the issues of people in need and using government to help them. I FUNDAMENTALLY believe government not only CAN help, but I believe it EXISTS to help. I’ve seen it help my family and I’ve seen it help my community. I’ll never give up on believing in just and lasting legislation and that’s a fundamental difference between me and the Speaker, and the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.