Incumbent state Sen. Steve Wilson, R-Maineville, has won the Republican primary in the race to represent all of Warren and part of Hamilton counties in Ohio’s 7th Senate District, according to early election results from the Ohio Secretary of State.
With both counties’ votes tallied, Wilson received 17,023 votes, or 57 percent, compared to 12,804 votes for challenger Brad Lamoreaux of Lebanon.
Wilson is a retired banker who was appointed last year to replace Shannon Jones, who left the Senate for a seat on the Warren County Board of Commissioners.
“What (Tuesday’s primary win) means to me is what I’ve been able to do in these two years is appreciated by the constituents of the 7th District,” he said in an interview Tuesday night.
He said his priorities include elder abuse, early childhood education, right to life issues and workforce development.
Wilson raised the most of an area candidate for statewide office, reporting $117,323 in contributions in pre-primary campaign finance reports filed in April.
He will face off against Democrat Sara Bitter of Loveland, who had no primary challenger Tuesday.
Bitter is running under the slogan “Bitter for Better.” Her campaign website says one of her main reasons for running is to create a Disability, Mental Health and Addiction Caucus to bring focus to those issues in the General Assembly.
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