Congress: Democrat Esrati to take on Turner, incumbent Davidson fends off GOP primary challenge

Credit: Gemunu Amarasinghe

Credit: Gemunu Amarasinghe

Dayton activist and blogger David Esrati will take on U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, in the November General Election after winning the Democratic primary Tuesday, according to final, unofficial election results.

Esrati received more than 31% of the vote in the four-way contest. Dayton filmmaker Baxter Stapleton and Dayton businessman Jeff Hardenbrook each received nearly 26%. Kirk Benjamin received 17%.

“I think it’s time to bring integrity back to our elections, with accountability for who buys our politicians,” Esrati said Tuesday night. “And the policies have to be fair to small business or this country will never pull out of the economic problems we’re having now.”

Turner faced no primary challenger to keep his seat representing the 10th Congressional District, which includes Montgomery, Greene and part of Clark counties.

8th Congressional District

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, fended off Republican challenger Phil Heimlich, former Hamilton County commissioner and Cincinnati city councilman, in Tuesday’s primary.

The Associated Press declared Davidson the winner Tuesday night as he led with more than 70% of the vote.

“I’m honored to have the overwhelming support of the Republicans in the newly drawn 8th Congressional District. I look forward to the November election and the opportunity to continue to fight against the radical left on behalf of the people of Ohio,” Davidson said Tuesday night.

Davidson will face Democrat Vanessa Enoch in the November election, who was unopposed in the primary.

The 8th Congressional district represents all of Butler, Darke and Preble counties, and parts of Hamilton and Miami counties.

4th Congressional District

Life coach and business consultant Tamie Wilson will face U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, after winning the Democratic primary in that House district Tuesday, according to final, unofficial results compiled from the 13 elections boards in the congressional district.

Wilson received nearly 52% of the vote, beating out opponent Jeff Sites.

Jordan ran unopposed in the GOP primary for the district, which covers all or part of Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Champaign, Delaware, Hardin, Logan, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Shelby, Union and Wyandot counties.

Staff Writer Parker Perry contributed to this report.

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