COLUMBUS — Republican Ohio Rep. Susan Manchester, R-Waynesfield, has known since the end of the primary election that she would be returning to Columbus to serve in the House of Representatives. With Tuesday’s election results in, Manchester will now have company from this region on the Republican side of that chamber.
Before the redistricting, Manchester has served the residents of Auglaize and Shelby counties.
To the south, in the 84th District, covering southern Auglaize County, including Wapakoneta, as well as Mercer and Darke counties, Mercer County Recorder Angela King had built an even larger lead over her opponent, Coldwater Spanish teacher Sophia Rodriguez. With all votes counted, King won 82% of the vote.
Among the priorities King featured on her campaign website were protecting 2nd Amendment rights, fighting for lower taxes and supporting anti-abortion policies. King had also promoted her public service experience during her campaign, having served for 11 years on Celina City Council before her nine years as County Recorder.
In the 85th District, which includes Shelby, Logan and Champaign counties, Tim Barhorst was unopposed in Tuesday’s election.
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