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  Ohio Rep. Hobson to Retire
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Last EditedCOSDem  Oct 15, 2007 05:57pm
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News DateMonday, October 15, 2007 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRep. David Hobson, a nine-term Republican from Ohio, announced plans to retire Sunday, the 12th member of his party to do so since the beginning of the year.

"I wanted to go out on top," said Hobson, who said his health is good. He would have faced token opposition at best had he sought a new term.

The 71-year-old Hobson became the third member of the Ohio delegation to announce retirement plans. Rep. Ralph Regula, who has been in Congress since 1973, announced recently he will not run again. Rep. Deborah Pryce, who narrowly won re-election in 2006, had previously said her current term will be her last.

Republican state Sen. David Austria said he would announce Monday his candidacy for the seat, which Hobson won with 65 percent of the vote in 2004 and 60 percent in 2006. President Bush won the district with 57 percent in 2004.

"My plans are to run and to continue to get Dave's advice and continue his projects," Austria said. "Dave has been a mentor to me through my service in public office. He'll be missed."
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