By DENISE GRANT
STAFF WRITER

Republican voters in both the 81st and 87th Ohio House districts will decide contested primaries on May 8.

There are no Democratic primary contests in Hancock or surrounding counties for Ohio House seats.

Ohio House members serve two years. Members of the House earn $60,584 per year.

A rundown of area candidates:

81st Ohio House District: Jim Hoops, a Republican, was appointed to the 81st District seat after former Rep. Robert McColley went to the Ohio Senate in the fall.

Hoops, 58, previously served in the House from 1999 to 2006. He is the associate vice president for strategic initiatives at Northwest State Community College.

Hoops will face a challenger in the GOP primary, Thomas Liebrecht of Ottawa. Liebrecht, 50, is the owner and president of Marketing QuarterBack Consulting, Ottawa. He is also chairman of the Putnam County Republican Party.

In November, the GOP winner will face Democrat Janet Breneman of West Unity, who is unopposed in the primary. Breneman is a professional nurse.

The 81st House District includes Putnam, Henry and Williams counties and the southeast corner of Fulton County.

87th House District: Republican Riordan McClain, of Upper Sandusky, was appointed to fill the seat of state Rep. Wes Goodman, who resigned last year in a sex scandal. McClain is the director of finance and customer service at Doc Investments LLC, Upper Sandusky.

McClain will face two fellow Republicans in the May primary: Steve Reinhard, 50, of Bucyrus, and Doug Weisenauer, of Sycamore.

Reinhard served as Crawford County commissioner from 2012 to 2016. Earlier, he served in the Ohio House from 2001 to 2008.

Weisenauer, a small-businesses owner, is serving his third term as a Crawford County commissioner.

Democrat Mary Pierce-Broadwater of Crestline is unopposed in her party’s primary election, and will face the Republican nominee in November.

The 87th District is composed of Wyandot, Crawford and Morrow counties, northern Marion County and the southwest corner of Seneca County.

88th Ohio House District: Incumbent Republican Bill Reineke, 63, of Tiffin, will be unopposed in the primary. Reineke is a business partner with his family in Reineke Family Dealerships, a large auto dealer.

In the November general election, he will face Democratic candidate Rachel Crooks, 35, of Tiffin, who is unopposed in the primary election.

Crooks has accused President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in 2006. Trump has said he doesn’t know her. Crooks works in higher education with international students at both Tiffin and Heidelberg universities.

The 88th District covers all of Sandusky County and part of Seneca County.

3rd Ohio House District: There is no primary election for Republicans or Democrats in the 3rd District. In November, incumbent Theresa Gavarone, 51, R-Bowling Green, will be challenged by Bowling Green Councilman Daniel Gordon, 28, a Democrat. Gavarone is an attorney. She previously was a Bowling Green councilwoman.

The 3rd House District includes only Wood County.

4th Ohio House District: Incumbent Robert Cupp, R-Lima, is unopposed in the primary, and so far faces no challengers in the November general election.

Cupp, 67, previously has been an Ohio Supreme Court justice, a state senator, Allen County commissioner, and Lima prosecutor.

May 7 is the deadline for independent candidates to enter the race.

The 4th House District includes only Allen County.

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