Primary election races set for Ohio House, Senate seats

The 2018 elections for Ohio’s state representatives may prove to be anything but a sleeper, with most races being contested.
The filing deadline for the May 8 primary election was 4 p.m. Wednesday. Candidate petitions must now be certified by election boards.
Voters will choose a representative in all Ohio House districts this fall. The Ohio 1st Senate District seat also will be contested this year.
The 83rd House District, which includes Hancock, Hardin and a portion of Logan counties, will have a Republican primary contest. One Democrat also is running.
With state Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, running for state treasurer, there is no incumbent in the race. Republican Cheryl Buckland, 64, of Findlay, will face Jon Cross, 39, of Kenton, in the GOP primary.
Buckland is a Republican State Central Committee member. Cross, of Kenton, is president/chief executive officer and economic development director of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, Kenton.
The winner will face Democrat Ashley Philipp, of rural McComb, in the November general election.
There will be a lot of competition for the 1st Senate District seat currently held by Robert McColley, R-Napoleon.
McColley, previously a state representative, was appointed to the seat in November after it was vacated by former state Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay. Hite resigned after admitting “inappropriate behavior” with a state employee.
McColley, 33, is now seeking election to the post, and will face two challengers in the Republican primary: Craig Kupferberg of Findlay, 59, a former Findlay High School principal, and Robert D. Barker Jr., 53, of Van Wert.
The winner will compete in November with Democrat Adam Papin, 36, of Bryan, who is unopposed in his party’s primary.
The 1st Senate District includes all of Henry, Putnam, Williams, Defiance, Paulding, Hancock, Van Wert and Hardin counties; the southeastern corner of Fulton County; and northern sections of Auglaize and Logan counties.

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