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    2018 post-general election update

    On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Ohioans cast ballots in the 2018 general election. For the first time since 2006, five statewide elected offices were up for election without an incumbent running in the 2018 general election. Federal offices, including all Ohio U.S. Representatives seats and one U.S. Senate seat, two Ohio Supreme Court seats, all seats in the Ohio House of Representatives and 17 Ohio Senate seats were on the ballot. Many counties in Ohio and around the country reported record-breaking early voter turnout. Nearly 1.5 million ballots were requested by mail and in person, and an estimated 1.3 million had been cast as of the close of early voting on November 5, 2018.

    Here is Bricker & Eckler’s overview of the 2018 general election results and details on races of particular interest.

    STATEWIDE BALLOT ISSUES

    Issue 1: This proposed constitutional amendment was filed as the “Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment.” If adopted, the amendment would have, among other things, required reductions in sentencing in certain situations, mandated that certain criminal offenses or uses of any drugs, such as fentanyl and heroin, can only be classified as a misdemeanor, and prohibited jail time as a sentence for obtaining, possessing or using such drugs until an individual’s third offense within 24 months. Issue 1 was defeated by 63.41 percent.

    The Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign led the way in support of the proposed constitutional amendment. Supporters of Issue 1 were financially supported by Open Society Policy Center, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Open Philanthropy Project Action Fund. Other supporters included the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, Ohio Transformation Fund, Alliance for Safety and Justice and Open Society Policy Center.

    Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor penned a letter released by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association in which she stated that Issue 1 will have catastrophic consequences on Ohio and that if Issue 1 passes, Ohio may have some of the most lenient drug crime laws in the nation. Other notable opponents of Issue 1 were the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, the Ohio Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Association of Municipal and County Court Judges of Ohio, the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center, the County Auditors Association of Ohio and CorJus. Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer, now the Executive Director of the Ohio Judicial Conference, helped draft and provide the argument against Issue 1. 

    Speaker of the Ohio House of Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) were engaged in opposing Issue 1. Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Cedarville) announced his opposition to Issue 1, while his opponent in the 2018 Ohio gubernatorial election, Richard Cordray (D-Grove City), announced his support.

    FEDERAL RACES

    U.S. Senate

    Democratic incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown defeated Congressman Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth) in the November 2018 general election, winning 53.19 to 46.81 percent. Throughout the election, Congressman Renacci branded himself as the “Trump” candidate. President Trump campaigned for Congressman Renacci in Cleveland the day before the 2018 General Election.

    U.S. House of Representatives

    Nationally, Republicans lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives. However, the Ohio Congressional delegation political breakdown remained the same in all 16 seats.

    Ohio U.S. Representatives Marcia Fudge (D), Marcy Kaptur (D), Troy Balderson (R), Mike Turner (R), David Joyce (R), Tim Ryan (D) and Steve Stivers (R) all won re-election. Steve Chabot (R), Brad Wenstrup (R), Joyce Beatty (D), Jim Jordan (R), Bob Latta (R), Bill Johnson (R), Bob Gibbs (R) and Warren Davidson (R) were also successful. Likewise, former Ohio State University football player and first-time candidate for elected office, Anthony Gonzales (R), won election by 56.84 percent of the vote.

    OHIO RACES

    Governor

    With 50.66 percent of the vote, Ohio’s Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted defeated Democrat Richard Cordray, former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and a former Ohio Attorney General, and his running mate, former Congresswoman Betty Sutton. Cordray/Sutton received 46.44 percent of the vote.

    Attorney General

    Republican Auditor of State Dave Yost defeated former U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach, a Democrat from Northeast Ohio. Yost received 52.42 percent of the vote and Dettelbach received 47.58 percent.

    Auditor

    With 49.93 percent, former Senate President and current State Representative Keith Faber (R-Celina) defeated former U.S. Congressman Zack Space (D-Dover). Representative Space received 46.05 percent of the vote.

    Secretary of State

    State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) defeated State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) for Secretary of State. Senator LaRose received 50.92 percent of the vote, whereas Representative Clyde received 46.73 percent of the vote.

    Treasurer

    Winning by the largest margin of any statewide candidate, State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) defeated Democrat Rob Richardson. Representative Sprague received 53.53 percent of the vote and Mr. Richardson received 46.47 percent of the vote. Representative Sprague was a former management consultant for Ernst & Young.  Richardson is a lawyer from Cincinnati and ran unsuccessfully in a previous Cincinnati mayoral race.

    Ohio Supreme Court

    The Ohio Supreme Court saw more turnover this year, following the mandatory retirement age for judges, which was put in place in 2012. Two seats were open, and the races struggled to gain attention in a year dominated by federal and other statewide races.

    Democratic Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Donnelly defeated Republican Fifth District Court of Appeals Judge Craig Baldwin to replace Justice Terrence O’Donnell. Judge Baldwin received 39 percent of the vote, and Judge Donnelly received 61 percent of the vote.

    Earlier in 2018, Governor John Kasich appointed Justice Mary DeGenaro, previously of the Seventh District Court of Appeals, to replace Justice Bill O’Neill, who ran for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, for the remainder of the unexpired term. Democratic Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge Melody Stewart defeated Justice DeGenaro for the new term. Judge Stewart won with 52.51 percent of the vote. Justice DeGenaro received 47.49 percent of the vote. Justice-elect Stewart is the first African American woman elected to statewide office in Ohio history.

    Court of Appeals

    Pierre Bergeron defeated Charles Miller for a position on the First District Court of Appeals, receiving 51.27 percent. Incumbent Dennis Deters was defeated by Candace Crouse for another spot on the First District Court of Appeals. She received 52.87 percent of the vote. Robert Winkler was successful in his race against Ginger Bock for a third seat of the First District Court of Appeals. Winkler received 51.86 percent of the vote.

    Incumbent Marilyn Zayas handedly defeated Dale Stalf for a position on theFirst District Court of Appeals, receiving 60.06 percent of the vote.

    With 61.22 percent of the vote, Mike Hess beat Valarie Gerlach for the Fourth District Court of Appeals.

    Incumbent Marie Hoover was defeated by Jason Smith for Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeals. Jason Smith received 52.88 percent of the vote.

    With 59.49 percent, incumbent Patricia Delaney held off Andrew King in the Fifth District Court of Appeals race. King received 40.51 percent.

    Gene Zmuda was successful in his race against Joel Kuhlman for the Sixth District Court of Appeals. Zmuda received 55.51 percent of the vote to Kuhlman’s 44.49 percent.

    David D’Apolito defeated Kathleen Bartlett in the race for Seventh District Court of Appeals, receiving 51.09 percent of the vote.

    With 74.11 percent of the vote, Michelle Sheehan defeated Raymond Headen for a position on the Eighth District Court of Appeals.

    Incumbent Jennifer Lee Hensal was victorious over Diana Colavecchio in the election for the Ninth District Court of Appeals with 53.31 percent of the vote.

    Receiving 53.79 percent of the vote, Mary Jane Trapp defeated Casey O’Brien in the race for a spot on the Eleventh District Court of Appeals.

    Matt Lynch defeated Darya Klammer for the Eleventh District Court of Appeals. Lynch received 55.65 percent of the vote.

    Ohio House of Representatives: New Democratic Seats

    Democrats picked up a net-four seats in the Ohio House, with one or two races still very close (under 1 percent). Three of those seats were gained in Franklin County: Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) defeated Tim Barhorst (R-Westerville) for Ohio’s 19th District, Beth Liston (D-Dublin) defeated Stu Harris (R-Dublin) for Ohio’s 21st District, and Allison Russo (D-Columbus) defeated Erik Yassenoff (R-Columbus) for Ohio’s 24th District.

    Finally, based on unofficial election results, Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) narrowly defeated Mike Rasor (R-Stow) for Ohio’s 37th District, previously held by Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), by less than 600 votes.

    Ohio House of Representatives: Races of Interest

    The House is currently controlled by a Republican majority of 62-37, and all seats were up for election this year.

    In the open 6th District outside of Cleveland, first-time candidate Phil Robinson (D-Solon) had just received the Cleveland Plain Dealer endorsement over long-time political elected official and operative Jim Trakas (R-Independence). Robinson defeated Trakas, receiving 51.14 percent of the vote to Trakas’s 48.86.

    In Cincinnati’s 28th District, incumbent Jonathan Dever (R-Cincinnati) narrowly defeated challenger Jessica Miranda (D-Cincinnati), receiving 50.28 percent of the vote.

    Similarly, appointed incumbent, J. Todd Smith (R-Germantown) seems to be holding on to beat Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley (D-Dayton) in the 43rd District.

    Long-time elected official and current chair of the House Insurance Committee, Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati), defeated Ohio’s 27th District with challenger Christine Fisher (D-Cincinnati) by 53.58 percent of the vote. Fisher received 46.42 percent of the vote.

    Ohio’s 20th District Incumbent Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) faced a challenge in a tough district by Bobby Mitchell (R-Canal Winchester). Rep. Brown, an attorney with vast insurance experience, prevailed as the incumbent, receiving 58.06 percent of the vote.

    Ohio Senate

    The Ohio Senate is currently controlled by Republicans by a 24-9 margin. There were 17 Senate seats up for election this year. While there were a few interesting seats to watch, Republicans kept control of the upper chamber handily. 

    Former Democratic Senator and current Representative John Boccieri (D-Poland) was defeated by Michael Rulli (R-Salem) in a current Democratic district in the heart of “Trump Country.” Rulli prevailed with 52.51 percent of the vote.

    Also of note, Representative Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) appears to have defeated Tina Maharath for the Third Senate District, but the race is close enough that a recount is expected.

    Franklin County Commissioners

    Incumbent Franklin County Commission Marilyn Brown (D) defeated Republican business owner Michele Reynolds (R), receiving 64 percent of the vote.

    Franklin County Auditor

    Longtime incumbent Republican Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo was defeated by Democratic Columbus City Councilman Michael Stinziano. Councilman Stinziano won with 57 percent of the vote.

    Below you will find a complete list of all the Ohio House and Senate Candidates in this year’s General Election. 

    Ohio House of Representatives Candidates
    (Election winners are in bold.)

    District Number

    Incumbent

    Republican

    Democrat

    1

    Scott Wiggam

    Scott Wiggam

    Kevin Barnet

    2

    Mark Romanchuk

    Mark Romanchuk

    Lane Winters

    3

    Theresa Gavarone

    Theresa Gavarone

    Daniel Gordon

    4

    Robert R. Cupp

    Robert R. Cupp

    Tristam Cheeseman

    5

    Tim Ginter

    Tim Ginter

    John Dyce

    6

    Marlene Anielski

    Jim Trakas

    Phil Robinson

    7

    Tom Patton

    Tom Patton

    Aziz Ahmed

    8

    Kent Smith

     

    Kent Smith

    9

    Janine Boyd

    Joe Miller

    Janine Boyd

    10

    Bill Patmon

     

    Terrence Upchurch

    11

    Stephanie Howse

    Shalira Taylor

    Stephanie Howse

    12

    John Barnes

     

    Juanita Brent

    13

    Nickie Antonio

    Jay Carson

    Michael Skindell

    14

    Martin Sweeney

     

    Bride Rose Sweeney

    15

    Nicholas J. Celebrezze

    Kevin Kussmaul

    Jeffrey A. Crossman

    16

    Dave Greenspan

    Dave Greenspan

    Cassimir Svigelj

    17

    Adam Miller

    John Rush

    Adam Miller

    18

    Kristen Boggs

    David Todd

    Kristin Boggs

    19

    Anne Gonzales

    Tim Barhorst

    Mary Lightbody

    20

    Richard Brown

    Bobby Mitchell

    Richard Brown

    21

    Mike Duffey

    Stu Harris

    Beth Liston

    22

    David Leland

    Doug Moody

    David Leland

    23

    Laura Lanese

    Laura Lanese

    Russell Harris

    24

    Jim Hughes

    Erik Yassenoff

    Allison Russo

    25

    Bernadine Kennedy Kent

    Debbie Staggs

    Bernadine Kennedy Kent

    26

    Hearcel Craig

    Shareeque Arife Sadiq

    Erica Crawley

    27

    Tom Brinkman

    Tom Brinkman

    Christine Fisher

    28

    Jonathan Dever

    Jonathan Dever

    Jessica Miranda

    29

    Louis Blessing

    Louis Blessing

    Carrie Davis

    30

    Bill Seitz

    Bill Seitz

    Clayton Adams

    31

    Brigid Kelly

     

    Brigid Kelly

    32

    Catherine Ingram

    Marilyn Tunnat

    Catherine Ingram

    33

    Alicia Reece

    Judith Boyce

    Sedrick Denson

    34

    Emilia Sykes

    Josh Sines

    Emilia Sykes

    35

    Tavia Galonski

    Ostia Obierika

    Tavia Galonski

    36

    Anthony DeVitis

    Anthony DeVitis

    Timothy Piatt

    37

    Kristina Roegner

    Mike Rasor

    Casey Weinstein

    38

    Marilyn Slaby

    Bill Roemer

    Elliot Kolkovich

    39

    Fred Strahorn

     

    Fred Strahorn

    40

    Michael Henne

    Phil Plummer

    Ryan Taylor

    41

    Jim Butler

    Jim Butler

    John McManus

    42

    Niraj Antani

    Niraj Antani

    Zach Dickerson

    43

    Todd Smith

    Todd Smith

    Dan Foley

    44

    Michael Ashford

     

    Paula Hicks-Hudson

    45

    Teresa Fedor

    David Davenport

    Lisa Sobecki

    46

    Michael Sheehy

     

    Michael Sheehy

    47

    Derek Merrin

    Derrek Merrin

    Gary Newnham

    48

    Kirk Schuring

    Scott Oelslager

    Lorraine Wilburn

    49

    Thomas West

    James Haavisto

    Thomas West

    50

    Christina Hagan

    Reggie Stoltzfus

    Cassie Gabelt

    51

    Wes Retherford

    Sara Carruthers

    Susan Vaughn

    52

    George Lang

    George Lang

    Kathy Wyenandt

    53

    Candice Keller

    Candice Keller

    Rebecca Howard

    54

    Paul Zeltwanger

    Paul Zeltwanger

    Nikki Foster

    55

    Nathan Manning

    Gayle Manning

    Kelly Kraud Mencke

    56

    Dan Ramos

    Rob Weber

    Joe Miller

    57

    Dick Stein

    Dick Stein

    James Johnson

    58

    Michele Lepore-Hagan

    David Simon

    Michele Lepore-Hagan

    59

    John Boccieri

    Don Manning

    Eric Ungaro

    60

    John Rogers

    Mike Zuren

    John Rogers

    61

    Ron Young

    Jamie Callender

    Rick Walker

    62

    Scott Lipps

    Scott Lipps

    Jim Staton

    63

    Glenn Holmes

    Jim Hughes

    Glenn Holmes

    64

    Michael O’Brien

    Martha Yoder

    Michael O’Brien

    65

    John Becker

    John Becker

    Patricia Lawrence

    66

    Doug Green

    Doug Green

    Jeff Richards

    67

    Andrew Brenner

    Kris Jordan

    Cory Hoffman

    68

    Rick Carfagna

    Rick Carfagna

    Kathleen Tate

    69

    Steve Hambley

    Steve Hambley

    Carol Brenstuhl

    70

    Darrell Kick

    Darrell Kick

    Steve Johnson

    71

    Scott Ryan

    Scott Ryan

    Jeremy Blake

    72

    Larry Householder

    Larry Householder

    Tyler Shipley

    73

    Rick Perales

    Rick Perales

    Kim McCarthy

    74

    Bill Dean

    Bill Dean

    Anne Gorman

    75

    Kathleen Clyde

    Jim Lutz

    Randi Clites

    76

    Sarah LaTourette

    Sarah LaTourette

    John Kennedy

    77

    Tim Schaffer

    Tim Schaffer

    Brett Pransky

    78

    Ron Hood

    Ron Hood

    Amber Daniels

    79

    Kyle Koehler

    Kyle Koehler

    Amanda Finfrock

    80

    Steve Huffman

    Jena Powell

    Scott Zimmerman

    81

    Jim Hoops

    Jim Hoops

    Janet Breneman

    82

    Craig Riedel

    Craig Riedel

    Aden Baker

    83

    Robert Sprague

    Jon Cross

    Mary Harshfield

    84

    Keith Faber

    Susan Manchester

    Joe Monbeck

    85

    Nino Vitale

    Nino Vitale

    Garrett Baldwin

    86

    Dorothy Pelanda

    Tracy Richardson

    Glenn Coble

    87

    Riordan McClain

    Riordan McClain

    Mary Pierce-Broadwater

    88

    Bill Reineke

    Bill Reineke

    Rachel Crooks

    89

    Steve Arndt

    Steve Arndt

    Joe Helle

    90

    Terry Johnson

    Brian Baldridge

    Adrienne Buckler

    91

    Shane Wilkin

    Shane Wilkin

    Justin Grimes

    92

    Gary Scherer

    Gary Scherer

    Beth Workman

    93

    Ryan Smith

    Ryan Smith

    Jim Rumley

    94

    Jay Edwards

    Jay Edwards

    Taylor Sappington

    95

    Andy Thompson

    Don Jones

    Dan Milleson

    96

    Jack Cera

     

    Jack Cera

    97

    Brian Hill

    Brian Hill

    Kristine Geis

    98

    Al Landis

    Brett Hudson Hillyer

    Jeremiah Johnson

    99

    John Patterson

    Michael Pircio

    John Patterson

     

    Ohio Senate Candidates
    (Election winners are in bold.)

    District Number

    Incumbent

    Republican

    Democrat

    1

    Robert McColley

    Robert McColley

    Adam Papin

    3

    Kevin Bacon

    Anne Gonzales

    Tina Maharath

    5

    Bill Beagle

    Steve Huffman

    Paul Bradley

    7

    Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson

    Sara Bitter

    9

    Cecil Thomas

    Tom Chandler

    Cecil Thomas

    11

    Edna Brown

    Ernest McCarthy

    Teresa Fedor

    13

    Gayle Manning

    Nathan Manning

    Sharon Sweda

    15

    Charleta Tavares

    Jordan Garcea

    Hearcel Craig

    17

    Bob Peterson

    Bob Peterson

    Scott Dailey

    19

    Kris Jordan

    Andrew Brenner

    Louise Valentine

    21

    Sandra Williams

    Thomas Pekarek

    Sandra Williams

    23

    Michael Skindell

    Steve Flores

    Nickie Antonio

    25

    Kenny Yuko

    William Faehnrich

    Kenny Yuko

    27

    Frank LaRose

    Kristina Roegner

    Adam VanHo

    29

    Scott Oelslager

    Kirk Schuring

    Lauren Friedman

    31

    Jay Hottinger

    Jay Hottinger

    Melinda Miller

    33

    Joe Schiavoni

    Michael Rulli

    John Boccieri

     

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