Joy Padgett, of Coshocton, Ohio, is currently a Republican State Senator and served in the Ohio House of Representatives 1993-1999. Padgett was "director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia from 1999-2004. In 2004, she was appointed to the Senate seat being vacated by former Ohio Sen. Jim Carnes, R-St. Clairsville, and later that year she won re-election." 
"Ney, who remains under investigation for his dealings with now disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, wants state Sen. Joy Padgett, a Coshocton Republican, to replace him on the ballot," Jim Siegel and Jonathan Riskind reported August 7, 2006, in The Columbus Dispatch.
"James Lee, a spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell's office" said his office "is researching whether any sore loser provision in the statutes would prevent Padgett, who ran and lost in the Republican primary in May for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Attorney General Jim Petro, from running for Ney's seat," Siegel and Riskind wrote.
"Ohio state law bars politicians who lose one primary from entering another during the same year." 
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Articles & Commentary
- Jim Siegel and Jonathan Riskind, "Ney abandons re-election campaign," The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), August 7, 2006.
- "Summary Box: GOP eyes Padgett as Ney's replacement," Associated Press (Beacon Journal), August 8, 2006.
- Joselyn King, "Padgett Set to Run In Ney's Place," The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register, August 8, 2006.
- "Padgett May Not Be Eligible To Replace Ney," WTOV9 NBC, August 8, 2006.
- Jeff Seemann for Congress, "More bad news for Bob Ney - Padgett can't run!" Daily Kos, August 8, 2006.
- redenemy, "OH-18: Padgett: Life Just Ain't Fair," Daily Kos, August 20, 2006.
- Greg Giroux, "Tough Task Awaits Ohio 18’s Padgett After Special Primary," CQ Politics, September 13, 2006.
- Greg Giroux, "Padgett Wins Special Election in Ohio’s 18th," CQ Politics, September 15, 2006.