By John Arthur Hutchison, The News-Herald

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce announced Wednesday that he has filed candidacy petitions with the Lake County Elections Board to seek re-election to Ohio’s 14th Congressional District.

Joyce, R-Russell Township, seeks a second two-year term in office after he was first elected in November 2012.

The 14th Congressional District consists of all of Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, plus parts of Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties.

The filing deadline for partisan candidates to submit candidacy petitions to seek their party’s nomination for the position in the May 6 primary is Feb. 5. The general election is Nov. 4.

Joyce is the first candidate to file for the position.

“I’ve spent the last year fighting to get Washington on a budget, protect Ohioans from the health care law, and improve the economy to bring more jobs back to Northeast Ohio,” Joyce said in a news release to make his announcement. “This is about making America more competitive, more innovative and more productive.”

He said there have been accomplishments in his first two years, but the work is far from completion.

“That’s why I’m humbly asking for the chance to continue my fight on behalf of Northeast Ohio,” Joyce said.

The congressman cited work to boost jobs and the economy through introduction of the SAVE Act, voting to repeal and fix the Affordable Care Act, and to help Congress pass it’s first budget in four years.

Joyce also said he has worked to ensure that Lake Erie receives the resources it needs to continue to be an economic powerhouse and job creation source.