Clark County Races Heating Up As Election Day Draws Closer
As election day draws closer, several Clark County races have heated up. The race for a seat as a Clark County commissioner between incumbent Republican Rick Lohnes, who is one of two GOP members on the three person commission, and attorney David Herier, a Democrat, is one to watch closely, according to political analyst Rob Baker of Wittenberg University.
"Some of the decisions that the county commission has made in the period of time since Mr. Lohnes got on have generated some controversy and then has probably made that race some what more competitive than it might have been," Baker said.
Republican Ross McGregor's 79th Ohio House District seat is now up for grabs after he reached his term limits at four terms. Democrat Darrell Jackson and Republican Kyle Koehler are both vying to replace the veteran lawmaker. Baker believes this race has become intriguing for several reasons.
"Mr. Koehler had a pretty competitive primary race that generated interest I think from the Republicans," Baker explained. "With Mr. Jackson running for the Democratic seat, he has been campaigning pretty hard and given the fact that this particular district I think is a fairly competitive one, and it is not what I would call a gerrymandered district for one party or the other."
Another contest drawing interest is the race for Clark County Auditor between John Federer, a Republican, and Democrat Nikki Crawford. Federer defeated incumbent George Sodders in 2011 to win the seat.