He was elected to the seat later that year and has been re-elected twice.
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In November 2018, Antani defeated Democrat Zach Dickerson to win re-election.
In May 2018, Antani faced two Republicans in a primary.
Antani accused state Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood, of recruiting Miamisburg Vice Mayor Sarah Clark to run against him in an effort to clear his path for a state Senate run in 2020 to replace Lehner. Antani easily defeated Clark and Republican Marcus Rech in the primary.
State Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
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On Wednesday, Butler said he was going to wait until the state budget is finalized before he decides whether to run for the state Senate, setting up a primary with Antani.
“One of my most important duties is to work on Ohio’s biennial budget. This work will require all my time and attention over the next six months. After that, I will consider in what role I can best serve the community.
In his announcement Wednesday, Antani says he expects a primary, but didn’t mention Butler by name.
“I fully expect the Republican primary election in March of 2020 to be one of the most competitive races in Ohio,” he said.
State Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering