Gallia voters see GOP return to Statehouse

By Beth Sergent -

COLUMBUS — Gallia County constituents will see familiar faces representing them in the Ohio General Assembly at the Statehouse.

In the race for State Senator, 17th District, Incumbent Bob Peterson (R) won re-election with 78,262 votes, equating to 70.45 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger Scott M. Dailey received 32,821 votes, equating to 29.55 percent of the vote. Total votes cast in this race were 111,083.

In an earlier statement to the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Peterson stated why he chose to run for state senate as follows:

“I am committed to resolving problems by bringing people together and finding solutions. Most of the bills I have sponsored in the legislature have passed on a bipartisan basis. I believe in working together, listening to everyone, especially local leaders. I have been elected to leadership positions such as President of the Ohio Farm Bureau and President Pro-Tempore (the second in charge) of the Ohio Senate, because I am trustworthy, honest and a problem solver. These are also the reasons why I was endorsed by both business groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses, CPA’s, Manufacturer’s and Farm Bureau and labor organizations, such as Fraternal Order of Police, International Union of Operating Engineers, Ohio Education Association and Teamsters Ohio. I am as committed and passionate today as I was the day I was first elected to serve you and work to move Gallia County and Ohio forward.”

As previously reported, State Rep. Ryan Smith (R), who is also Speaker of the Ohio House, won re-election in the 93rd District. Vote totals for Speaker Smith were 27,910, equating to 74.43 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger Samantha Thomas-Bush received 9,586 votes, equating to 25.57 percent of the vote. A total of 37,496 votes were cast in this race.

Unofficial vote totals from the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

By Beth Sergent