Election Day Recap

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Election Day Recap

All Congressional districts, including Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, held midterm elections this year. Ohio’s 11th Congressional District represents 32 municipalities including Cleveland, Akron, Broadview Heights, Richmond and more.

Marcia Fudge, a Democrat, ran for re-election in Congress in Ohio’s 11th District, against Beverly Goldstein, a Republican. Fudge ended up winning with 81.9 percent of the votes. Fudge advocates for wage equality, small businesses, affordable health care and college, and raising the federal minimum wage. Fudge is also a huge advocate for early education. I am committed to continuing to advocate for preschool and Head Start opportunities for all children throughout our state and our nation.” Fudge looks forward to serving her district for another two years.

Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat incumbent, was able to defeat his Republican opponent Jim Renacci. Although the Senate in Ohio is Democrat, the Senate as a whole is controlled by Republicans, with Democrats making up only 44 percent of the Senate.

Mike DeWine, a Republican and former Attorney General of Ohio, won the seat for Governor of Ohio against Democrat Richard Cordray with 50.7 percent of the votes. DeWine has also previously served as a Senator in Ohio.

Dave Yost, a Republican, won the seat for Attorney General of Ohio against Democrat Steve Dettelbach with 52.4 percent of the votes. Before being elected, Yost also served as Ohio’s 32nd Auditor of State.

Frank LaRose, a Republican, won the seat for Secretary of State against Democrat Kathleen Clyde with 50.9 percent of the votes. Keith Faber, a Republican, won the seat for Auditor against Democrat Zack Space with 49.9 percent of the vote. Robert Sprague, a Republican, won the seat for Treasurer against Democrat Rob Richardson with 53.5 percent of the votes.

Along with electing representatives, people were also asked to vote on Issue 1. Issue 1 was an issue on the ballot that proposed prison reform that would have reduced drug crime penalties. It proposed reducing drug use or possession charges to misdemeanors, using the money saved from not jailing people on addiction treatment, and preventing convicted felons from being sent back to prison for non-criminal probation violations. Issue 1 ended up failing with 63.4 percent of the votes against it.

Alexa Solomon, a senior at Heights, voted for the first time this year. “I think voting is important because our opinion matters. It’s the basis for determining our leaders and solutions to issues our country is facing.” Even though many students may not be able to vote yet, it is still important to be aware of what is happening in the country. Solomon believes that you should educate yourself about political issues, especially before voting. “Research candidates and their positions on important issues. Take in current events. Do as much as you can to learn.” Solomon looks forward to voting in the next election!

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