By DENISE GRANT
Jon Cross of Kenton won the Republican primary for the 83rd District seat in the Ohio House on Tuesday, defeating Findlay’s Cheryl Buckland by a comfortable margin.
After a campaign filled with PAC-funded attack ads and campaign fliers, Cross won with 7,467 votes, or 58.68 percent of the total votes cast, compared with Buckland’s 5,258 votes, or 41.32 percent.
The 83rd District includes Hancock, Hardin and a portion of Logan counties. With state Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, running for state treasurer, there was no incumbent in the race.
A breakdown of Tuesday’s vote by county: Hancock — Cross, 4,892 votes or 55.29 percent, Buckland, 3,956 or 44.71 percent; Hardin — Cross, 2,071 votes or 66.34 percent, Buckland, 1,051 or 33.66 percent; Logan — Cross, 504 votes or 66.75 percent, Buckland, 251 or 33.25 percent.
All vote totals are unofficial and include absentee ballots.
It remains uncertain whether Cross will face a Democratic opponent in the November general election.
Mary Harshfield of Findlay was a write-in candidate in the Democratic primary. Harshfield must receive at least 50 write-in votes in the primary for her name to appear on the November ballot. Information on the write-in vote was not available late Tuesday.
Cross, 39, is the president, chief executive officer and economic development director of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, Kenton.
Cross said Tuesday he was both “humbled and honored” to become the Republican nominee for the 83rd House District seat, and will continue to campaign hard in the lead-up to the November election.
He thanked the voters, his supporters and campaign volunteers for the win on Tuesday.
“We’re looking forward to building more support and meeting even more people as we go into November,” he said.