Republican Candidates

Warren Davidson, United States Representative 8th District 

Warren Davidson was born and raised in Ohio. After high school, he enlisted in the Army where he proudly served for 12 years. He excelled as a soldier compelling his commanders to recognize his work ethic and leadership abilities. This earned Warren an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

At West Point, Warren excelled in the classroom by finishing in the top ten percent of his class. He majored in American history and minored in mechanical engineering, leading to a healthy obsession with the principles instilled in the Declaration of Independence and the checks and balances defined in the Constitution. His stellar reputation as an Army officer earned him positions in distinguished units: The Old Guard, The 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 101st Airborne Division. One of the highlights of Warren’s military career was witnessing the fall of the Berlin Wall while he was serving in Germany.

In 2000, Warren returned to Ohio to help with his father’s manufacturing business. As he continued to reshape the family business, Warren started another business and earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Warren built cultures of excellence, growing the family shop from 20 employees to multiple companies with over 200. He is a tireless advocate for the small business community, and he is the former Chairman of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association.

Warren won a special election in June of 2016 to fill the remainder of the term of outgoing Rep. John Boehner. He was re-elected to his first full term in Congress in November of the same year. In Congress, Warren serves on the prestigious Financial Services Committee, where he is focused on policies that promote economic growth. Warren’s other priorities in Congress include fixing the VA, defending the constitution, and making sure Congress doesn’t bankrupt America.

Warren recently celebrated 21 years of marriage with his wife Lisa. They are proud of their two children, Zachary and Rachel.

As a constitutional conservative and military veteran, Congressman Davidson takes his congressional oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States very seriously.


Kyle Koehler, 79th District State Representative

State Representative Kyle Koehler is serving his second term in the Ohio House. He represents the 79thDistrict, which includes portions of Clark County.

A life-long resident of the county, Koehler attended Catholic Central High School and went with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science. He spent seven years working for government contractors for the Air Force and Navy as a Senior Software Engineer.  He worked on everything from applying artificial intelligence to signal analysis to developing human interface systems for naval aircrafts.

He returned to the family business as a Vice President in charge of Design and Development in 1990.  K.K. Tool is the quintessential family business in that six of seven brothers and sisters all work together (with the rest of their employees) to make K.K. Tool Company a growing success.

Civic involvement is very important to Koehler. He worships at Fellowship Christian Church in Springfield and is an active member of the church community. He is a lifelong supporter of Springfield Young Life, and a member of North Hampton Lions Club and Springfield Kiwanis.

Representative Koehler and his wife, Kathrin, have been married for 28 years. They have five children.


Katrine Lancaster, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas – Domestic Relations Division 

I have served the families and children in our Clark County community for 26 years. As a
Magistrate for the last 18 years, I have decided cases of divorce, child custody, visitation, paternity, child support, civil domestic violence cases and stalking cases. Prior to that I spent 8 years with the Clark County Department of Job and Family Services as an attorney, Legal Coordinator and Assistant Deputy Director of the CSEA.

I am the mother of three active boys, Alex (23), Nicholas (21) and Thomas (16) who I raised in South Charleston on a small 7 acre farm.

I am a current member of the Ohio Magistrate’s Association, the Clark County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), Chapter AZ.



Richard Lohnes, Clark County Commissioner

Colonel Lohnes was born in Springfield, Ohio, where he graduated from Shawnee High School in 1970. He graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a member of the 1970 NCAA Division II National Championship football team. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate (cum laude), and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC program in 1974.

First Lieutenant Lohnes transferred to the 178th Fighter Group in 1976. He remained there until his retirement in April 2008. His many positions there included instructor pilot, squadron and group commander, and detachment commander during OPERATION Desert Shield in 1996, where he flew the unit’s first combat missions.

Colonel Richard L. Lohnes retired as the commander of the 178th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, located at Springfield Air National Guard Base, Springfield, Ohio.

Col. Richard L.  Lohnes plans to continue to grow a safe, secure, and prosperous Clark County, focusing on job growth, lean government, and safety and security.


John Federer, Clark County Auditor

Mr. Federer was elected Clark County Auditor in November of 2010.  The former bank president of 34 years brings to the position an extensive background in proven executive and business management experience.  Mr. Federer managed over 300 associates while consistently performing at high levels.

Mr. Federer was born in Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate of Bishop Hartley Catholic High School.  He earned a BS in finance/real estate from the Ohio State University.  He moved to Springfield in 1982 as a Senior Credit Officer with BancOhio National Bank.  He held various positions over his years with BancOhio/National City.  Shortly after moving to Springfield, he then became National City’s Area President for Clark County, also, Regional Executive, managing multi-community banks in 11 counties throughout Ohio, overseeing in excess of 300 associates.

Today, John is Founder and President of Apollo Performance Consulting, LLC.  His company focuses on business excellence and performance standards to improve overall business performance by positively impacting a company’s talent, customer-focused marketing techniques and strategic financial opportunities.

On April 6, 2013, John married his childhood sweetheart, Rosemary Riat. John is the proud father of two adult children.  Lisa M. Milne and her husband, Spencer, are the parents of William David and Charlotte Perna Milne.  Robert John Federer and his wife, Meryl, are the parents of Grant Taylor and Grace Reagan Federer.

Accomplishments as Your County Auditor

  • Successfully implemented multiple technology enhancements such as: “Direct Deposit “ for county payroll for all County employees saving time and money, initiated a new and efficient county-wide financial system, developed a Mobile App allowing taxpayers to easily research properties from any location, instituted a more efficient dog tag technology, partnered with the City of Springfield, Law Enforcement and Fire Departments in the improved use of GIS technology
  • Reduced Auditor’s Office budget resulting in the return of significant monies to the general fund
  • Through efficient  process, Auditor returns excess funds to Clark County tax entities. No other elected official does this.
  • Easily accessible to the taxpayer
  • Utilizes social media and press releases to keep taxpayers informed of new legislation, savings options and important filing deadlines
  • Developed improvements to ensure “Fair and Accurate” real estate values resulting in fewer property value disputes than ever before
  • Conducted a successful triennial review of all Clark County residential and agricultural properties
  • Serves on the Executive and Legislative Committee of the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio representing all Clark County taxpayers and a better government for Ohio
  • In 2016, was elected President (out of 22 County Auditors in Southwest Ohio), of the Southwest District of the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio
  • Meets regularly with state and local elected officials to monitor and suggest legislative proposals which impact local taxpayers and to encourage policies which positively impact county government
  • Meets regular with countywide school communities
  • Received the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” from Government Financial Officers Association for five consecutive years
  • Received State of Ohio OGRIP Best Practices Award in GIS

 Community Involvement

Active in the community, John has been an outstanding, community oriented citizen of Springfield and Clark County since becoming a local resident.  He has been a board member and/or board chair of Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts, Springfield Museum of Art, United Way, St. John’s Center, Clark State Foundation, The Mercy Foundation, Mental Health Foundation and many other non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life in our community. John is also active in Springfield Rotary Club, St. Teresa Church and The Ohio State University Alumni Association.  He has had many opportunities to move from this community, but instead has, by choice, remained a leader in Clark County to serve and assist in the development for the greater good of our area and region.

As your Clark County Auditor, John continues to bring a wealth of experience, integrity, trust, with a qualified business background for what this county is in need for…a well run, well organized Auditor Division that will support the various organizations/ entities within Clark County.

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