Voters should pick reps who live in district

It’s true federal law permits congressional candidates to serve in districts where they do not reside, but we hope voters in Ohio’s 6th Congressional District will be smarter than allowing that to happen.

We are speaking, of course, of Newton Falls resident Werner Lange, who is planning a run for the 6th District on the Democratic ticket. Lange lives in the 13th Congressional District, the district currently served by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland. But Lange — who was a delegate in the Democratic National Convention for 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — doesn’t want to run against Ryan, a fellow Democrat. And he says, at least at this point, he doesn’t plan to move.

Instead he wants to represent residents in the 6th District — an elongated district that stretches from the southern border of Youngstown all the way south through more than a dozen rural counties to Lucasville, Ohio.

Come May 8, Lange will face Democrat Shawna Roberts of Belmont in the Democratic primary. Belmont, unlike Newton Falls, is located in the 6th Congressional District.

The district is currently served by Republican Congressman Bill Johnson of Marietta, which also is located in the district.

Now, why Lange thinks he’d be the best representative for folks that live hundreds of miles away from his home is beyond us. We suspect voters in that district will have the same question.