Incumbent Republican Kyle Koehler is the presumed winner in his bid for a fourth and final term in the Ohio House District 79 seat.
The two-year term begins in January. The annual salary for the position is $67,493. The 79th district includes Springfield, New Carlisle, Enon and South Charleston.
Koehler had about 63% of the vote. His opponent Cynthia Richards, who is running for her first public office, had about 37% of the vote in unofficial results, according to the Clark County Board of Elections.
Those numbers could change as more ballots are counted through Nov. 18. We will continue to update these results as more ballots are counted.
Koehler was first elected as a state representative in 2014 and has been in his current position ever-since. He is projected to win this election and will be serving a fourth-term in that role.
“I want to thank the voters for allowing me to serve my forth and final term. I believe that the voters understood that I’ve been working for them in Columbus for the last six years. Whether it’s payday lending reform or the Fresh Start Act, voters clearly want someone who will not only fight for them, but who also has a positive and optimistic attitude about our district,” he said Tuesday night.
Koehler is a lifelong resident of Clark County and part owner of K.K. Tool Co. in Springfield. Before that, he worked in the field of software development.
His opponent Richards, a Democrat, has been a longtime professor at Wittenberg University and has previously served as the chair for the English Department there.
Richards said that she has served in multiple leadership positions during her time with Wittenberg, including chairing two faculty committees.
Richards, who has lived in the Springfield area for 25 years, said she was inspired to run in this year’s election due to some of her students' having concerns about their future.
“I am proud of the campaign we ran and the support we received. My students inspired my run for public office and my concern for this community inspires me to continue to fight for a better, stronger Clark County,” Richards said Tuesday night.
“I congratulate Rep. Koehler on his victory and encourage him to fight for the issues at the heart of my campaign; good jobs, affordable health care and strong schools,” she added.
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