Ohio Speaker of the House prefers that state Rep. Peter Beck resigns

Beck lost primary race

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio House leader says he plans to again speak to an indicted state representative about resigning following the lawmaker's failed primary bid.

State Rep. Peter Beck of Mason lost his Republican race to real estate developer Paul Zeltwanger. Unofficial election results show Beck won just 9 percent of the vote.

House Speaker William Batchelder told reporters Wednesday that he plans to talk to Beck about the election results. The Republican leader says he would prefer that Beck step down.

A message seeking comment was left at Beck's legislative office.

Beck is accused of soliciting and persuading investors to put thousands of dollars into an insolvent software company, stealing money from his accounting firm, and putting investors' money into his political campaign fund. He has denied the allegations.

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