Ohio election recap: Society-endorsed candidates shine

Written on Nov 05, 2020

By Barbara Benton, CAE, OSCPA vice president of government relations 

While results in Ohio are unofficial until certified later in November, statewide and legislative races yielded some surprising outcomes. And OSCPA again saw a strong night in terms of candidate endorsement results, with 97 of 100 endorsed candidates seeing victory. Learn more about the legislative process
and OSCPA’s initiatives on Dec. 4
at Advocacy in Action!

Where the critically important Ohio Supreme Court races are concerned, incumbent Justice Sharon Kennedy won easily, but fellow incumbent Justice Judi French lost by a similar margin. Both were strongly supported by OSCPA. As a result of French’s loss, control of the Court now will be 4-3, with a slim majority by jurists who have established records of judicial restraint. 

In the Ohio General Assembly, Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate increased their already strong majorities despite numerous hard-fought campaigns by opponents. 

The Ohio House GOP increased its already strong majority by a net three seats to 64-35. Incumbent Republican Rep. Dave Greenspan was unable to hold onto his HD 16 seat, losing to Lakewood Councilwoman Monique Smith. On the Democrat side, two eastern Ohio open seats long held by Democrats Jack Cera and John Patterson flipped red with wins by Ron Ferguson and Sara Fowler, and two incumbent Democrat legislators, recently appointed Rep. Gil Blair in Trumbull County and first termer Randi Clites from Ravenna, lost their seats to challengers Mike Loychik and Gail Pavliga respectively. Urban and suburban Democrats generally found strong footing, but of note urban county Republican Reps. Laura Lanese (Grove City) and Tom Brinkman (Cincinnati) were able to pull out wins after a long evening. In all other House races, incumbents running for reelection were successful and open seats continue to be held by the current political party. 

In the Ohio Senate, Democrats continued to experience frustration at the iron-grip majority Republicans enjoy. Trumbull County lost another Democrat incumbent, as Sean O’Brien was ousted by challenger Sandy O’Brien. Sen. Stephanie Kunze, the top targeted race representing parts of Columbus and western suburbs, squeaked out a win by around 300 votes over Crystal Lett, but that lead could erode after outstanding ballots are counted in the coming days. The Kunze/Lett race is the only state legislative contest that appears to be within the margin of automatic recount. All other incumbents achieved wins and all other open seats will continue to be held by the current party. Should Kunze hang on, Senate Republicans will expand their supermajority to an unprecedented 25 of the 33 seats. 

Unofficial race-by-race victors are noted below, with OSCPA-endorsed candidates noted with an *. To see full results, including the margin of victory, visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website. https://liveresults.ohiosos.gov/ 

WINNERS IN OHIO SENATE RACES 

District 2 – *Theresa Gavarone (R) (incumbent) - Bowling Green 

District 4 – *George Lang (R) (Open) - West Chester 

District 6 – *Niraj Antani (R) (Open) - Miamisburg 

District 8 – *Louis (Bill) Blessing (R) (Incumbent) – Cincinnati 

District 10 – *Robert Hackett (R) (Incumbent) – London 

District 12 – *Matt Huffman (R) (Incumbent) – Lima 

District 14 – *Terry Johnson (R) (Incumbent) – McDermott 

District 16 – *Stephanie Kunze (R) (Incumbent) – Hilliard (NOTE: this race will involve a recount) 

District 18 – *Jerry Cirino (R) (Open) – Kirtland 

District 20 – *Tim Schaffer (R) (Incumbent) – Lancaster 

District 22 - *Mark Romanchuk (R) (Open) – Ontario 

District 24 – *Matt Dolan (R) (Incumbent) – Chagrin Falls 

District 26 – *Bill Reineke (R) (Open) – Tiffin 

District 28 – *Vernon Sykes (D) (Incumbent) – Akron 

District 30 – *Frank Hoagland (R) (Incumbent) - Adena 

District 32 – *Sandra O’Brien (R) - Rome 

 

WINNERS IN OHIO HOUSE RACES 

District 1 – *Scott Wiggam (R) (Incumbent) - Wooster 

District 2 – *Marilyn John (R) (Open) - Shelby 

District 3 – *Haraz Ghanbari (R) (Incumbent) - Perrysburg 

District 4 – *Ohio House Speaker Robert Cupp (R) (incumbent) – Lima 

District 5 – *Tim Ginter (R) (Incumbent) – Salem 

District 6 – Phil Robinson (D) (Incumbent) - Solon 

District 7 –* Tom Patton (R) (Incumbent) – Strongsville 

District 8 – *Kent Smith (D) (Incumbent) -Euclid 

District 9 – Janine Boyd (D) (Incumbent) - Cleveland Heights 

District 10 – Terrence Upchurch (D) (Incumbent) – Cleveland 

District 11 – Stephanie Howse (D) (Incumbent) - Cleveland

District 12 – *Juanita Brent (D) (Incumbent) - Cleveland 

District 13 – Michael Skindell (D) (Incumbent) - Lakewood 

District 14 – *Bride Rose Sweeney (D) (Incumbent) - Cleveland 

District 15 Jeff Crossman (D) (Incumbent) – Parma 

District 16 – Monique Smith (D) (Challenger) - Westlake 

District 17 – *Adam Miller (D) (Incumbent) Columbus 

District 18 – *Kristin Boggs (D) (Incumbent) – Columbus 

District 19 – *Mary Lightbody (D) (Incumbent) - Westerville 

District 20 – *Richard Brown (D) (Incumbent) Blacklick 

District 21 – Beth Liston (D) (Incumbent) - Dublin 

District 22 – *David Leland (D) (Incumbent) Columbus) 

District 23 – *Laura Lanese (R) (Incumbent) Grove City 

District 24 – Allison Russo (D) (Incumbent) – Columbus 

District 25 – Dontavius Jarrells (D) (Open) – Columbus 

District 26 - Erica Crawley (D) (Incumbent) – Columbus 

District 27 – *Tom Brinkman (R) (Incumbent) - Mt. Lookout 

District 28 - Jessica Miranda (D) (Incumbent) – Cincinnati 

District 29 – *Cindy Abrams (R) (Incumbent) – Harrison 

District 30 – *Bill Seitz (R) (Incumbent) – Cincinnati 

District 31 – Brigid Kelly (D) (Incumbent) - Cincinnati 

District 32 – *Catherine Ingram (D) (Incumbent) - Cincinnati 

District 33 – Sedrick Denson (D) (Incumbent) – Cincinnati 

District 34 – *Emilia Sykes (D) (Incumbent) – Akron 

District 35 – *Tavia Galonski (D) (Incumbent) - Akron 

District 36 – Bob Young III (R) (Open) - North Canton 

District 37 – Casey Weinstein (D) (Incumbent) – Hudson 

District 38 – *Bill Roemer, CPA (R) (Incumbent) - Richfield 

District 39 – Willis Blackshear Jr (D) (Open) – Dayton 

District 40 – *Phil Plummer (R) (Incumbent) - Dayton 

District 41 – *Andrea White (R) (Open) - Kettering 

District 42 – *Tom Young (R) (Open) - Centerville 

District 43 - Rodney Creech (R) – West Alexandria 

District 44 – Paula Hicks-Hudson (D) (Incumbent) – Toledo 

District 45 – Lisa Sobecki (D) (Incumbent) – Toledo 

District 46 – *Michael Sheehy (D) (Incumbent) – Oregon 

District 47 – *Derek Merrin (R) (Incumbent) – Maumee 

District 48 – *Scott Oelslager (R) (Incumbent) - North Canton 

District 49 – *Thomas West (D) (Incumbent) - Canton 

District 50 – *Reggie Stoltzfus (R) (Incumbent) - Minerva 

District 51 – *Sara Carruthers (R) (Incumbent) - Hamilton 

District 52 – *Jennifer Gross (R) (Open) - West Chester 

District 53 – *Thomas Hall (R) (Open) - Middletown 

District 54 – *Paul Zeltwanger (R) (Incumbent) – Mason 

District 55 – *Gayle Manning (R) (Incumbent) - North Ridgeville 

District 56 – Joe Miller (D) (Incumbent) – Amherst 

District 57 – *Dick Stein (R) (Incumbent) – Norwalk 

District 58 – Michele Lepore-Hagan (D) (Incumbent) – Youngstown 

District 59 – *Al Cutrona (R) (Incumbent) - Canfield 

District 60 – *Daniel Troy (D) (Open) - Willowick 

District 61 – *Jamie Callender (R) (Incumbent) - Concord Township 

District 62 – *Scott Lipps (R) (Incumbent) – Franklin 

District 63 - Michael Loychik (R) (Challenger) - Cortland 

District 64 – *Michael O’Brien (D) (Incumbent) – Warren 

District 65 –*Jean Schmidt (R) (Open) - Loveland 

District 66 – Adam Bird (R) (Open) - Cincinnati 

District 67 – *Kris Jordan (R) (Incumbent) – Powell 

District 68 – *Rick Carfagna (R) (Incumbent) - Genoa Township 

District 69 –*Sharon Ray (R) (Open) - Wadsworth 

District 70 – Darrell Kick (R) (Incumbent) – Loudonville 

District 71 –*Mark Fraizer (R) (Incumbent) - Newark 

District 72 – Larry Householder (R) (Incumbent) - Glenford 

District 73 –*Brian Lampton (R) (Open) - Fairborn 

District 74 – Bill Dean (R) (Incumbent) - Xenia 

District 75 – Gail Pavliga (R) (Challenger) – Atwater 

District 76 – *Diane Grendell (R) (Incumbent) - Chesterland 

District 77 –*Jeff LaRe (R) (Incumbent) - Violet Township 

District 78 – *Brian Stewart (R) (Open) - Ashville 

District 79 – *Kyle Koehler (R) (Incumbent) - Springfield 

District 80 – *Jena Powell (R) (Incumbent) - Arcanum 

District 81 – *James Hoops (R) (Incumbent) Napoleon 

District 82 – *Craig Riedel (R) (Incumbent) Defiance 

District 83 – *Jon Cross (R) (Incumbent) Kenton 

District 84 – *Susan Manchester (R) (Incumbent) - Waynesfield 

District 85 – Nino Vitale (R) (Incumbent) - Urbana 

District 86 – *Tracy Richardson (R) (Incumbent) - Marysville 

District 87 – *Riordan McClain (R) (Incumbent) - Upper Sandusky 

District 88 – *Gary Click (R) (Open) - Vickery 

District 89 – *D.J. Swearingen (R) (Incumbent) - Huron 

District 90 – *Brian Baldridge (R) (Incumbent) - Winchester 

District 91 – *Shane Wilkin (R) (Incumbent) - Hillsboro 

District 92 – *Mark Johnson (R) (Open) - Chillicothe 

District 93 – *Jason Stephens (R) (Incumbent) - Kitts Hill 

District 94 – *Jay Edwards (R) (Incumbent) - Nelsonville 

District 95 – Don Jones (R) (Incumbent) - Freeport 

District 96 – *Ron Ferguson (R) (Open) - Wintersville 

District 97 – *Adam Holmes (R) (Incumbent) - Nashport 

District 98 – *Brett Hillyer (R) (Incumbent) Uhrichsville 

District 99 – Sarah Fowler (R) – Rock Creek 

 

WINNERS IN OHIO CONGRESSIONAL RACES 

District 1 – *Steve Chabot (R) (Incumbent) - Cincinnati 

District 2 – *Brad Wenstrup (R) (Incumbent) - Cincinnati 

District 3 – *Joyce Beatty (D) (Incumbent) - Columbus 

District 4 – *Jim Jordan (R) (Incumbent) - Urbana 

District 5 – *Robert Latta (R) (Incumbent) – Bowling Green 

District 6 – *Bill Johnson (R) (Incumbent) - Marietta 

District 7 – *Bob Gibbs (R) (Incumbent) - Lakeville 

District 8 – *Warren Davidson (R) (Incumbent) - Troy 

DISTRICT 9 – Marcy Kaptur (D) (Incumbent) - Toledo 

District 10 – *Michael Turner (R) (Incumbent) - Dayton 

DISTRICT 11 – Marcia Fudge (D) (Incumbent) - Cleveland 

District 12 – *Troy Balderson (R) (Incumbent) - Zanesville 

District 13 – Tim Ryan (D) (Incumbent) - Warren 

District 14 – *David Joyce (R) (Incumbent) – Bainbridge Township 

District 15 – *Steve Stivers (R) (Incumbent) - Columbus 

DISTRICT 16 – *Anthony Gonzalez (R) (Incumbent) - Westlake