Updated Wed, Jun 13, 2012 8:11 am
Shane Thompson is expected to officially announce his candidacy for the Ohio Senate Wednesday.
Thompson is a Republican from St. Clairsville and is running in the 30th District.
Laura Groux was the GOP candidate but Thompson says she dropped out for personal reasons.
When that happened, it was up to party officials to pick a replacement and Athens County Chairman Pete Couladis says Thompson was selected reccently from among three people who wanted the nomination.
Thompson is a businessman who ran unsuccessfully for an Ohio House seat in 2006.
Senator Lou Gentile is the Democratic candidate in the 30th District, which includes Athens, Washington and all or a part of eight other counties.