Clyde Evans, Deel take 87th District; Sayre 89th
Scioto County educator Harold "Bud" Sayre and Scioto County attorney Todd Book will square off in November for the 89th Ohio House seat while University of Rio Grande administrator Clyde Evans and Gallia County Extension Agent Fred Deel will meet for the 87th district.
In unofficial totals, Sayre defeated Ironton resident Tom Pinkerton 3,742 votes to 1,750 in the Republican primary to earn the right to face Book, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
The new 89th district will include all of Scioto County, the eastern part of Lawrence County, including Ironton, and the eastern part of Adams County.
In the 87th district, Clyde Evans beat Jackson Mayor John T. "Tom" Evans 7,002
votes to 2,896 for the Republican nomination while Deel had 2,136 votes to win the Democratic primary over Athalia Mayor Ron Carol Porter (2,034 votes) and Athalia Mayor Ron McClintock (986).
The new 87th district includes all of Gallia, Jackson and Vinton counties, the western part of Lawrence County and the western part of Ross County.
The district replaces the 94th district, currently represented by Republican John Carey of Wellston. Carey, however, is term limited and cannot run for the House again.
Instead, he will face incumbent Democrat Mike Shoemaker of Bournville in the race for Ohio's 17th district Senate seat in November. Neither Carey nor Shoemaker had opposition in Tuesday's primary election. By Shawn Doyle