House Speaker Husted to run for Senate

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Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted has announced he plans to run for the state Senate.

The 40-year-old Republican has led the House since 2004 but must leave the chamber at the end of next year because of term limits.

He has his eye on the Dayton area’s 6th Senate District, currently held by fellow Republican Jeff Jacobson, who also is under the gun from term limits.

Husted’s Senate intentions blunt speculation that the rising star within the GOP might pursue a run against Democratic Governor Strickland in 2010.

In a statement, the speaker says he’s proud of his achievements in the House but says there’s more work to be done.