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Voters Elect GOP In Miami Valley House Districts

Nov 6, 2018

Ohio House of Representatives

District 40

Voters Tuesday elected Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer to represent Ohio House District 40. The Republican Plummer won by more than 20 points over his Democratic opponent Ryan Rebecca Taylor.

Law enforcement veteran Plummer announced his bid for the seat last December.

His tenure has spanned a period of controversy at the sheriff's office, which has come under scrutiny in recent years for multiple allegations of prisoner mistreatment.

A number of federal civil rights investigations are still pending. accused of prisoner mistreatment.

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District 41

Voters Tuesday elected incumbent Republican Jim Butler for another term representing Ohio House District 41.

Butler won by double digits over Democrat and Dayton School Board Vice President John McManus.

Butler advocated for military and veterans issues during his election campaign.

He’s a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has been in Columbus since 2011.

The 41st District includes Kettering, Oakwood, and parts of Riverside and Dayton.

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District 42

Voters Tuesday elected 27-year-old Republican State Representative Niraj Antani for another term representing Montgomery County’s House District 42.

Antani won by more than 15 points over his Democratic challenger Zach Dickerson.

The 38-year-old LexisNexis employee Dickerson was a first-time political candidate.

During his campaign, two-term GOP incumbent Antani called for increased funding for law enforcement and workforce development programs.

Antani released an emailed statement after his re-election, saying: 

“I am truly grateful to the voters of my district for once again re-electing me. Representing the community in which I was born and raised is an incredible honor. I work hard every day to make it achievable for all Ohioans to have the opportunity to make their American Dream a reality. I will continue to stand strong on my pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, and pro-jobs principles.”

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District 43

Republican J. Todd Smith bested Democrat Dan Foley in a tight race for Ohio House District 43.

Smith beat for Foley by just 2 points. The competitive district includes Dayton, Trotwood, Brookville, Farmersville, and all of Preble County.

Foley is longtime Montgomery County political figure. He served as the county’s Clerk of Courts from 2000-2006 and began his tenure on the Montgomery County Commission in 2007.

Smith worked as a minister before being appointed to District 43 seat earlier this year.

 -- District 73 

State representative Rick Perales will hold onto his seat in the Ohio House. He bested Democratic challenger Kim McCarthy by 20 points.

McCarthy, a political newcomer from Xenia, focused on women’s rights, infrastructure and education during her campaign.

Perales has represented District 73, which covers western Greene County, since 2003. During the campaign, he picked up endorsements from veteran advocacy groups, among others.