Home wins propel state rep races

By RENEE FOX

Tribune Chronicle

WARREN — While Democrat Michael J. O’Brien won just four of the 12 communities in Trumbull County in Ohio’s 64th House District and lost the part of the district that’s in Ashtabula to his GOP challenger, his wins at home were enough to give him another two-year term in the General Assembly.

In the other race for state representative in Trumbull County, Democrat Glenn Holmes won 10 of the 17 communities over Republican nominee Devon Stanley.

An analysis of votes in the 64th District shows O’Brien won Warren, Howland, Champion and Warren Township — the larger population centers in the district that expands north into Ashtabula County.

O’Brien’s Republican challenger, Martha Yoder, won 64 percent of the vote in Ashtabula County, and carried her hometown of West Farmington with 71 percent. She also carried Bloomfield, Braceville, Bristol, Farmington, Greene, Gustavus, Johnston, Kinsman, Mecca, Mesopotamia and Southington townships, according to incomplete and unofficial results from the Trumbull and Ashtabula boards of elections.

But that wasn’t enough for her to overcome O’Brien’s dominance in Warren, where he won 71 percent of the vote, and in Warren Township, where he won 59 percent of the vote. O’Brien’s margin’s were tighter in Howland and Champion, where he took 56 percent and 51 percent, respectively, the numbers show.

The win was O’Brien’s second in the district.

In the race for the open 63rd District seat, Holmes won 80 percent of the vote in McDonald, where he has been mayor and served on council for more than 10 years. Holmes also won on Stanley’s home turf of Girard, taking 77 percent of the vote there.

Victories in Niles, where Holmes won 67 percent of the vote, and in Hubbard and Brookfield, Hubbard Township, Liberty, Lordstown, Newton Falls and Weathersfield helped Holmes win with about 60 percent of the votes overall, numbers show.

Stanley had success in the district’s smaller communities of Fowler, Hartford, Newton Township Vernon and Vienna, and won 51 percent of votes cast in Cortland and Bazetta.

The seat was open because state Rep. Sean O’Brien gave up a chance at a fourth term to run for Ohio’s 32nd Senate District seat, which he won.

Of the registered voters in the Trumbull County portion of the 64th District, 62 percent turned out. In the 63rd District, 64 percent cast a ballot in the race.

rfox@tribtoday.com

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