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House District 73 Ticket Among Competitive Primary Races

Rep. Perales during House Session Sept. 13, 2017.
Rep. Perales

Voters will decide a number of competitive races in the upcoming May 8 primary elections.

Among them is the Republican contest between incumbent Beavercreek State Rep. Rick Perales and challenger Jocelyn Smith.

The victor in that matchup will go on to face Democrat Kim McCarthy in November’s general election. 

Read more about Ohio elections at the Statehouse News Bureau.

Rick Perales represents House District 73, covering western Greene County, including Beavercreek, Fairborn and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Perales is serving a third term.

He's running against Fairborn resident Jocelyn Smith, who has accused Perales of inappropriate sexual behavior that allegedly included texting, unwanted kissing and choking. ​Ohio Public Radio station WOSU Public Media reports Perales denies the allegations.

On the Democratic side, Kim McCarthy, from Sugarcreek Twp., is running unopposed. McCarthy is a business owner and accountant who has been involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. 

Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, May 8.

For more information about the candidates, where and how to cast your ballot, visit the Ohio Secretary of State website  MyOhioVote.com.

Registered voters are eligible to vote early, or cast an absentee ballot. Find a comprehensive voter guide at the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area.

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.