Republican Bill Dean defeated his Democratic challenger Tuesday night in a race for Ohio’s 74th House District.
Dean had served a previous term in office and will retain his seat. The race pitted Dean, a retired plumber from Xenia, against Anne Gorman, a Democrat who recently retired after a career as a teacher in Jonathan Alder Local Schools in Madison County. The seat covers eastern Clark County, central and eastern Greene County and all of Madison County.
“I’m just grateful to the voters for having confidence in me,” Dean said Tuesday night.
He had a significant lead late Tuesday night with 94 percent of districts reporting statewide. Dean pledged to remain a reliable conservative voice in Columbus.
As a former small business owner, Dean said the state should focus on cutting regulations and taxes. He also told the News-Sun Tuesday night he will continue to look for options to help the state battle the opioid epidemic.
For Gorman, this year was her first time running for political office. She said the state’s handling of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow situation convinced her the state needed new political representatives. The school, also known as ECOT, permanently closed earlier this year after a review by the Ohio Department of Education found the private, online school was inflating enrollment and attendance numbers.
Gorman argued lax oversight by Ohio Republicans allowed the scandal to occur, costing public schools in the House district millions of dollars.