2022 General Election Update
On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Ohioans, like the rest of the country, cast ballots in the 2022 General Election. Ohioans voted on all statewide constitutional offices, one U.S. Senate seat, and several important statewide and local ballot issues. Early turnout for the 2022 General Election was greater than the previous statewide 2018 general election.
Ohio Republicans enjoyed another strong night, sweeping all the statewide races, including all three Ohio Supreme Court races, and increasing the veto-proof majorities in the General Assembly. However, Democrats won two swing congressional districts. Overall, the Buckeye State, once considered a swing state, remains a reliable Republican stronghold continuing a trend stretching back to 2010.
Leading the Ohio statewide ticket, Governor Mike DeWine handily won re-election with 62.8 percent of the electorate.
Below is Bricker & Eckler’s Government Relations Practice Group’s overview of the preliminary 2022 General Election results and details on races of particular interest.
I. OHIO STATEWIDE RACES
A. Governor and Lt. Governor
As mentioned above, Governor Mike DeWine (R) easily won his reelection campaign, alongside Lt. Governor Husted, against former Dayton mayor Nan Whaley (D). Ohio and national media outlets called the race shortly after the polls closed at 7:30 p.m.. Governor DeWine now turns to preparing his next state budget proposal, which will be unveiled early in 2023.
B. Ohio Supreme Court
The 2022 election is the first General Election where Ohio Supreme Court candidates appeared on the ballot with their partisan affiliation. Justice Sharon Kennedy (R) and Justice Jennifer Brunner (D) squared off for the Chief Justice role on the Ohio Supreme Court. Current Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor could not run for re-election due to the judicial age limit in Ohio’s Constitution. Justice Pat DeWine (R) ran for re-election against First District Court of Appeals Judge Marilyn Zayas (D) and Justice Pat Fischer (R) sought re-election to the court against Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Terri Jamison (D). In the end, all three Republican Justices prevailed.
When Justice Kennedy becomes Chief Justice in January 2023, Governor DeWine will appoint a replacement to finish her current term. With the sweep, Republicans continue holding their majority on the state’s high court.
C. Other Statewide Races
Republican statewide elected officials all cruised to re-election over their Democratic challengers. Auditor of State Keith Faber (R), Attorney General Dave Yost (R), Treasurer of State Robert Sprague (R), and Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) all earned second four-year terms with strong showings on Tuesday.
II. FEDERAL RACES
A. U.S. Senate
Due to Senator Rob Portman’s (R) retirement announcement, both parties viewed Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat as critical to control of the U.S. Senate. J.D. Vance (R) defeated Congressman Tim Ryan (D) 53.3 percent to 46.7 percent holding the seat for national Republicans. As of the writing of this memorandum, several U.S. races in other states remain uncalled and partisan control of the U.S. Senate stays undecided.
B. U.S. House of Representatives
Most of Ohio’s incumbent Members of Congress were successful in their re-election campaigns. Ohio’s Congressional races provided one of the bright spots for the state’s Democrats. Congresswoman Mary Kaptur (D-Toledo) survived a challenge to her seat in Ohio’s 9th Congressional district, becoming the longest-serving female member of Congress in history.
The 9th Congressional District saw some of the highest outside spending in the country, reflecting the importance of Ohio’s congressional races for both national parties and overall control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Former Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D- Akron) defeated Madison Gesiotto Gilbert (R- North Canton), capturing the Akron area seat.
Finally, Cincinnati City Council Member Greg Landsman (D-Cincinnati) pulled off an upset, defeating incumbent Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati) in Ohio’s 1st Congressional District. Nationally, it appears Republicans may earn enough seats to flip the chamber to their control, but with a smaller margin than originally forecasted, and votes are still being counted nationally in a variety of U.S. House races in other states.
United State House of Representatives Preliminary Results:(Preliminary election winners are in bold.)
|1||Steve Chabot*||Greg Landsman|
|2||Brad Wenstrup*||Samantha Meadows|
|3||Lee Stahley||Joyce Beatty*|
|4||Jim Jordan*||Tamie Wilson|
|5||Bob Latta*||Craig Swartz|
|6||Bill Johnson*||Lou Lyras|
|7||Max Miller||Matthew Diemer|
|8||Warren Davidson*||Vanessa Enoch|
|9||J.R. Majewski||Marcy Kaptur*|
|10||Michael Turner*||David Esrati|
|11||Eric Brewer||Shontel Brown*|
|12||Troy Balderson*||Amy Rippel-Elton|
|13||Madison Gesiotto Gilbert||Emilia Sykes|
|14||David Joyce*||Matt Kilboy|
|15||Mike Carey*||Gary Josephson|
III. OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY RACES
A. Ohio House of Representatives: Overview
With both Democrat and Republican incumbent members running in new districts than in 2020 due to recent Ohio redistricting efforts, election watchers were ready for the possibility of some surprise results. However, it appears only two incumbents were defeated. As of the writing of this memo, House Assistant Minority Leader Thomas West (D-Canton) appeared headed for defeat, losing to Republican Jim Thomas.
In Franklin County, Minority Whip Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) was also losing to Republican Ronald Beach IV by less than 100 votes, but that race appears headed to an automatic recount. In several other races, Representative Andrea White (R- Kettering) and Democrat Addison Caruso, Republican Nick Santucci and Democrat Vince Peterson II, and Republican Josh Williams and Nancy Larson, results remain close and likely won’t be official until after the official canvass in Ohio.
If Santucci’s lead holds, he will flip the 64th District in Mahoning County, a seat currently held by term-limited Democrat Rep. Michael O’Brien. Pending recounts and the official canvass, it appears Republicans might hold 68 of the chamber’s 99 seats, increasing their veto-proof supermajority. Two Senate members will become members of the House in 2023 – Senators Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) and Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati).
The Ohio House majority caucus now shifts its focus to selecting a new Speaker of the House. Current House Speaker Bob Cupp (R- Lima) is term-limited. The Republican caucus will select its new leader, who will ascend to the dais in January 2023, in a closed caucus meeting on November 17, 2022.
Ohio House of Representatives Preliminary Results:
(Preliminary election winners are in bold. Races that are too close to call are marked in Italics.)
|3||Josiah Lanning||Ismail Mohamed|
|4||Jill Rudler||Mary Lightbody*|
|5||Ronald Beach IV||Richard Brown*|
|6||Joe Wharton||Adam Miller *|
|8||Zulley Truemper||Beth Liston*|
|10||David Dobos||Russell Harris|
|11||Omar Tarazi||Anita Somani|
|13||Keith Davey||Michael Skindell*|
|14||Jolene Austin||Sean Brennan|
|16||Michael Lamb||Bride Rose Sweeney*|
|17||Tom Patton*||Troy Greenfield|
|18||Shalira Taylor||Darnell Brewer|
|19||Ron Brough||Phillip Robinson Jr.*|
|21||Kelly Powell||Elliot Forhan|
|23||George Phillips||Daniel Troy*|
|24||Adam Koehler||Dani Isaacsohn|
|25||John Breadon III||Cecil Thomas*|
|27||Jenn Giroux||Rachel Baker|
|28||Chris Monzel||Jessica Miranda*|
|29||Cindy Abrams*||Juan Valle|
|30||Bill Seitz*||Alissa Mayhaus|
|31||Bill Roemer*||Rita Darrow|
|32||Bob Young*||Matt Shaughnessy|
|33||Kristopher Anderson||Tavia Galonski*|
|34||Beth Bigham||Casey Weinstein*|
|35||Steve Demetriou||Lori O’Neill|
|36||Andrea White*||Addison Caruso|
|38||Willis Blackshear Jr. *|
|39||Phil Plummer*||Leronda Jackson|
|40||Rodney Creech*||Amy Cox|
|41||Josh Williams||Nancy Larson|
|42||Derek Merrin*||Erika White|
|43||Wendi Hendricks||Michele Grim|
|44||Roy Palmer III||Elgin Rogers Jr.|
|45||Jennifer Gross*||Chuck Horn|
|46||Thomas Hall*||Lawrence Mulligan|
|47||Sara Carruthers*||Sam Lawrence|
|48||Scott Oelslager*||David Smith|
|49||Jim Thomas||Thomas West*|
|52||Gayle Manning*||Regan Phillips|
|53||Marty Gallagher||Joe Miller*|
|54||Dick Stein*||Bryan Burgess|
|55||Scott Lipps*||Paul Zorn|
|56||Adam Mathews||Joy Bennett|
|57||Jamie Callendar*||Evan Rosborough|
|58||Al Cutrona*||Bruce Neff|
|61||Beth Lear||Louise Valentine|
|62||Jean Schmidt*||Brian Flick|
|63||Adam Bird*||Richard Perry|
|64||Nick Santucci||Vincent Peterson II|
|66||Sharon Ray*||Christina Collins|
|67||Melanie Miller||Drew Burge|
|70||Brian Lampton*||Eric Price|
|71||Bill Dean*||Jame Duffee|
|72||Gail Pavliga*||Kathleen Clyde|
|74||Bernard Willis||Dan Saks|
|75||Haraz Ghanbari*||Jan Materni|
|77||Scott Wiggam*||Mark Gooch|
|79||Monica Robb Blasdel||Taylor Eastham|
|82||Roy Klopfenstein||Magdalene Markward|
|83||Jon Cross*||Claire Osborne|
|84||Angela King||Sophia Rodriguez|
|86||Tracy Richardson*||Barbara Luke|
|88||Gary Click*||Dianne Selvey|
|89||D.J. Swearingen*||Jim Obergefell|
|90||Brian Baldridge*||Andrew Dodson|
|91||Bob Peterson||Christina Schnetzer|
|94||Jay Edwards*||Tanya Conrath|
|95||Don Jones*||William Ryan|
|96||Ron Ferguson*||Charlie DiPalma|
|99||Sarah Fowler Arthur*|
Senate Republicans increased their supermajority after defeating incumbent Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) when Michele Reynolds (R- Canal Winchester) won with 53 percent of the vote. With the victory, Republicans now hold a record-setting 26-7 majority in the chamber. Senators Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville), and Michael Rulli (R-Salem) all fended off strong challenges.
Several House members changed chambers, including Representatives Shane Wilkin (R-Hilsboro), Kent Smith (D-Euclid), Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati), and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) all of whom easily won election to the Ohio Senate
Ohio Senate Preliminary Results:
(Preliminary election winners are in bold.)
|3||Michele Reynolds||Tina Maharath*|
|7||Steve Wilson*||David Dallas|
|9||Orlando Sonza Jr.||Catherine Ingram|
|11||Tony Dia||Paula Hicks- Hudson|
|13||Nathan Manning*||Anthony Elipoulos|
|17||Shane Wilkin||Garry Boone|
|19||Andy Brenner*||Heather Swiger|
|21||Mikhail Alterman||Kent Smith|
|23||Landry Simmons Jr.||Nickie Antonio*|
|25||Chandler Wysocki||William DeMora|
|27||Kristina Roegner*||Patricia Goetz|
|33||Michael Rulli*||Robert Hagan|
IV. OHIO COURTS OF APPEALS
2022 also marked the first time Courts of Appeals candidates appeared on the ballot with a partisan political affiliation after their names on the ballot. While Ohio Democrats had an off night in legislative races, they made a few electoral gains in several Courts of Appeals races, including a clean sweep of four seats in the Tenth District in Franklin County. The Tenth District Court of Appeals is one of the most important intermediate appellate districts as appeals of all state government agency decisions go through review at the Tenth District. However, results were mixed in other appellate districts, with several incumbent Democrat judges losing their seats in the Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh District Courts of Appeals.
(Preliminary election winners are in bold.)
|1||Robert Winkler||Robert Winkler||Jennifer Kinsley|
|2||Mary Kate Huffman|
|2||Ronald Lewis||Ronald Lewis|
|2||Mike Tucker||Mike Tucker|
|3||William Zimmerman||William Zimmerman|
|3||Juergen Waldick||Juergen Waldick|
|4||Kristy Wilkin||Kristy Wilkin|
|5||Earle Wise Jr.||Andrew King||Earle Wise Jr.|
|5||Craig Baldwin||Craig Baldwin||David Bell|
|6||Christine Mayle||Christine Mayle|
|6||Mark Pietrykowski||Charles Sulek||Tom Puffenberger|
|7||Gene Donofrio||Mark Hanni||Gene Donofrio|
|8||Mary Eileen Kilbane||Mary Eileen Kilbane|
|8||Lisa Forbes||Lisa Forbes|
|8||Kathleen Ann Keough||Kathleen Ann Keough|
|8||Eileen Gallagher||Eileen Gallagher|
|8||Cornelius O’Sullivan||Cornelius O’Sullivan||Michael Ryan|
|9||Thomas Teodosio||Scot Stevenson||Thomas Teodosio|
|9||Donna Carr||Donna Carr||Erica Voorhees|
|9||Lynne Callahan||Jill Flagg Lanzinger||Amber Crowe|
|10||Laura Nesbitt||Kristin Boggs|
|10||Julia Dorrian||Julia Dorrian|
|10||Keith McGrath||Keith McGrath||Carly Edelstein|
|11||Thomas Wright||Eugene Lucci||Thomas Wright|
|11||John Eklund||John Eklund|
|12||Robin Piper||Robin Piper|
|12||Mike Powell||Mike Powell|
V. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES
Five of eleven seats on the State Board of Education were up in the 2022 general election.
|District Number||Candidate #1||Candidate #2||Candidate #3|
|2||Teresa Fedor||Sarah McGervey|
|4||Jenny Kilgore||Katie Hofmann|
|9||John Hagan||Robert Fulton|
|10||Tim Miller||Tom Jackson||Cierra Lynch Shehorn|
VI. STATEWIDE BALLOT ISSUES
Two provisions were added to Ohio’s Constitution Tuesday – with both proposals garnering around 77 percent support. Issue 1 requires judges to consider public safety when establishing monetary bail. Issue 1 became a significant statewide ballot issue following an Ohio Supreme Court decision that ruled that trial court judges could not consider certain public safety and community safety issues when setting bail for certain violent offenders. The Ohio General Assembly disagreed with the 2021 court decision and offered a joint resolution to the contrary which became Issue 1.
Similarly, the Ohio House and Ohio Senate took exception with some Ohio municipalities that attempted to allow non-U.S. citizens to vote on certain local-level election matters. Issue 2 enshrines in the Ohio Constitution a prohibition on local government from enabling non-citizens to vote in municipal elections.
VII. LOCAL RACES OF NOTE
A. Cuyahoga County Executive
The race to succeed Cuyahoga County (Cleveland, Ohio) Executive Armond Budish ended with Chris Ronayne (D) defeating challenger Lee Weingart (R). Ronayne previously served as Chief of Staff and Chief Development Officer in the City of Cleveland, and most recently was the President of University Circle Inc., which is a nonprofit community service corporation.
B. School Levies
Ohio’s school districts saw an increase in the percentage of school levies passing. Overall, 87 of 120 (73 percent) passed. In 2020, 67 percent of K-12 tax levies passed. For ballot measures seeking new funding the results were more mixed, with only 46 percent passing. Renewal levies passed at a 91 percent clip. Levies and bond issues in Columbus, Worthington City Schools, Kettering and Pickerington passed, while a levy in Parma failed and Xenia is too close to call.
C. Crawford County Wind Energy Referendum
On Tuesday, citizens of Crawford County rejected a referendum of their county commissioners’ vote to restrict wind development in unincorporated portions of the county. Crawford County commissioners voted to restrict wind development after the enactment of Senate Bill 52 (McColley), which granted counties the capability to exclude all or parts of the unincorporated areas of a county from renewable energy development. Crawford County voters overwhelmingly supported the Commissioners’ decision to exclude wind development in the County, with the “Yes” vote carrying just under 75 percent of the vote.
Overall, November 8, 2022, was a very strong night for Ohio Republicans who continue control of Executive and Administrative branches, the Ohio General Assembly, and the Ohio Supreme Court. Now, all eyes will focus on the Ohio legislature which returns soon for “lame duck” session and to close out the 134th General Assembly. “Lame duck” usually features a flourish of activity as legislators attempt to finish final legislative work before the General Assembly ends just before Christmas. Given the large legislative majorities returning in January 2023 for the 135th General Assembly and the overall “clean sweep” by Ohio Republicans in the statewide election, it will be interesting to watch what legislative priorities rise to the level of demanding completion in 2022 or those that will simply be held over and introduced again once the new General Assembly begins next year.
As mentioned above, the Ohio House will have new leadership in 2023 when current Speaker Bob Cupp (R- Lima) leaves due to term limits. Governor DeWine and legislators are already beginning planning for the state’s next two-year state budget, expending additional federal ARPA and infrastructure funding, while possibly considering spending constraints due to inflation-fueled worries about a recession. All in all, 2023 is already appearing to have a full agenda.
As results of the November 8, 2022, general election are finalized, we will update you with developments and final results. Until then, if you have questions or would like more information on any of the races outlined above, please feel free to reach out to any member of our Government Relations group.
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 * denotes an incumbent Representative.
 * denotes an incumbent Senator.
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