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LIMA — It is more than a year away, but the voters of Allen County know now they will see a Republican primary for the Ohio House 4th District seat.

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bob Cupp confirmed Friday that he will seek the seat next year. Current Ohio Rep. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, is term limited and cannot run again.

Cupp said he would have a formal announcement of his candidacy in the next few weeks.

“We still face difficult times in this state,” Cupp said. “I think it takes someone with the wide range of experiences that I have. I think I’ll be able to help.”

Earlier this week, Lima 1st Ward City Councilman Kurt Neeper signaled his intention to run for the seat next year.

Neeper is vice president of business development at Superior Federal Credit Union, overseeing all marketing and public relations, mortgage operations and Superior’s in-house insurance agency. He was elected to Lima City Council in 2009.

The 4th District is a single-county district; its boundaries are the same as Allen County’s.

Cupp most recently served as the Ohio Auditor’s Office chief legal counsel and also oversees investigators for the auditor’s office. He served six years on the Ohio Supreme Court but left at the end of 2012 following a loss in the November election.

Cupp has also served as an appellate court judge in Lima and served 16 years as an Ohio senator. He was an Allen County commissioner, a private attorney, a Lima city prosecutor and an assistant law director.

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