Republican Huffman wins state Senate 5th District race

UPDATE @ 12:37 a.m.

State Rep. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, on Tuesday defeated Democrat Paul Bradley in Ohio’s 5th Senate District, according to unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.

Huffman had 53.3 percent to Bradley’s 46.7 percent of the vote.

Republican Sen. Steve Wilson, R-Maineville, defeated Democrat Sara Bitter in the 7th District, 62.1 percent to 37.9 percent.

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The Ohio Senate 5th District encompasses Miami, Preble, southern Darke and west-central Montgomery County.

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Huffman, a Republican physician from Miami County, will replace term-limited State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City.

Beagle had taken the seat from Democrats in 2010 and then won re-election in 2014 after an expensive and controversial advertising campaign.

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Huffman argues that state taxes are too high and need to be reduced, and said he wants to “free the private sector of burdensome regulations.”

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Bradley, an administrator for Antioch University, focused on the other side of the economic equation, calling for “economic climate that provides good-paying jobs,” and said the state is due for a minimum wage increase.

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Wilson, is former president and chairman of the board of Lebanon Citizens National Bank, who was appointed in 2017 to replace Shannon Jones after she resigned to run for Warren County commission.

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Bitter, is a lawyer and former assistant to former President Bill Clinton’s special counsel. She also served as national field director for the ReelAbilities Film Festival North America and co-chair of the 2015 Cincinnati event.

The Ohio Senate 7th district includes all of Warren and part of Hamilton counties.

Staff writer Lawrence Budd contributed to this report.

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