Incumbents keep state Rep seats

Published 3:36 am Wednesday, November 7, 2012

In the 90th and 93rd District races for Ohio State Representative, the incumbents claim victory.

Republican Dr. Terry Johnson won the 90th district, which includes Adams and Scioto counties and the western portion of Lawrence County.

Early tallies in Lawrence County showed Johnson just shy of the lead, with Democratic opponent John Haas ahead by only 48 votes. Final results showed Johnson winning the county with 50.97 percent, only 110 votes.

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Overall, the Ohio State Secretary of State reported Johnson won the race with a little more than 62 percent of the votes.

Johnson is the former coroner of Scioto County and he was first elected to serve as state representative to Ohio’s former 89th District.

In an interview with The Tribune last month, Johnson said he wanted to help the people in his district to head in a new direction.

“My vision is to improve the life and economic prosperity of our citizens in this district,” Johnson said. “…Washington isn’t going to solve our problems. Columbus isn’t going to solve our problems. We need to do it ourselves.”

In the race for Ohio’s 93rd district, Republican Ryan Smith won. The 93rd district includes Gallia and Jackson counties, a portion of Vinton County and the eastern part of Lawrence County.

In Lawrence County, Smith led his opponent, Josh Bailey, taking a little more than 58 percent of the votes. Overall, Smith took 64 percent of the votes in the race.

In April, Smith was appointed to fill the vacant 87th District seat, which will be the 93rd District following Congressional redistricting, after Rep. Jjon Carey announced his resignation last year.

Smith said last month that he would represent his district well in Columbus.

“I’d like to work with all the local officials through all the communities in my four-county district to try and make some good things happen in southeastern Ohio,” Smith said. “I want to make sure the state resources are allocated to southeastern Ohio and that we get our fair share. And expand job opportunities, expand the infrastructure and hopefully fight the prescription drug problem.”

Neither Johnson nor Smith could be reached for comment Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.