Ohio primary election: Akron-area racing updates
Polls are closed and unofficial results are known after a day of voting at the Summit County Board of Elections.
In the closely watched 13th congressional district, Republican Madison Gesiotto Gilbert won her party’s nod to face Democratic state Rep. Emilia Sykes of Akron in November. The race was called around 10:45 p.m. for Gilbert, with more than 95% of the votes counted.
Backed by former President Donald Trump in the race for the 7th congressional district, Max Miller boasted a 72% advantage over his three main challengers, easily winning the Republican nomination.
In the District 14 Republican primary, incumbent David Joyce was named the winner, already winning more than 75% of the vote with about 87% of the ballots counted.
Election results:Consult the results of the primary elections of May 3
In a typical election year, Tuesday’s polls would have been a little longer, with primary races for the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate for a vote. The protracted legal battle over how to fairly redistribute the state’s districts for these seats resulted in the postponement of these races.
13th district: lawyer Madison Gesiotto Gilbert will face Emilia Sykes
Democratic state Rep. Emilia Sykes ran for her party’s nomination unopposed, and several Republicans competed for the chance to face the former Ohio House minority leader in November for the 13th district of the United States House of Representatives.
If the current congressional redistricting map of the state is maintained, the district seat will represent all of Summit County and parts of Stark and Portage counties. Its current occupant is US Senate hopeful Tim Ryan.
Seven Republican candidates battled for their party’s nomination, with township attorney Madison Gesiotto Gilbert winning.
Gesiotto Gilbert had won over 28% of the vote with 97% of ballots counted, according to unofficial results. His GOP opponents included:
- Greg Wheeler, a Copley accountant and attorney.
- Shay Hawkins, a lawyer from Broadview Heights.
- Santana King, a naval defense contractor from North Royalton.
- Janet Folger Porter, author of Hinckley and founder of Faith2Action, an anti-abortion organization.
- Dante Sabatucci, a businessman from Cuyahoga Falls.
- Ryan Saylor, Stow Construction Project Engineer for Summa Health.
7th District: Trump aide Max Miller wins GOP race
Republican Representative Bob Gibbs withdrew his candidacy to continue to represent the 7th district of the United States House of Representatives last month, but he walked out after his name had already appeared on active ballots.
That left Max Miller, who served as an adviser to former President Donald Trump, as the biggest name in the race to serve a district meant to encompass Medina and Wayne counties as well as parts of Cuyahoga and Holmes counties.
Miller secured a victory – garnering 72% of the vote with 97% of the ballots counted early Wednesday morning – over his main opponents, Anthony Leon Alexander, Charlie Gaddis and Jonah Schulz, unofficial results showed.
In a statement, Miller said, “We will protect life, end the wall, defund our police, support our military, fight for fair trade deals, and stop the Biden administration’s senseless spending.
In the Democratic primary, Matthew Diemer defeated his opponents Patrick A. Malley and Tristan Rader, having won nearly 55% of voter support with about 41% of the ballots counted.
14th arrondissement: incumbent David Joyce sails to victory
Republican David Joyce, who has been the face of the 14th district of the US House of Representatives since 2013, quickly took an insurmountable lead on Tuesday night, winning more than 75% of the vote when 87% of the ballots had been counted. .
The redesigned 14th Congressional District is made up of five counties in the northeast corner of the state: Lake, Geauga, Portage, Ashtabula and Trumbull.
Joyce took on Patrick Gene Awtrey and Bevin Cormack. He will face Matt Kilboy, the lone Democrat in the race, in November.
School levies: Springfield fails; Green, Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls Pass
The local Springfield School District had hoped its new tax would help the system move away from its state tax oversight designation and into a more stable financial position.
It was the only one of Summit County’s four districts with school metrics on the ballot to fail Tuesday, according to unofficial voting results.
Local green schools have sought a bond issue to pay for the construction and renovation of facilities, while Hudson and Cuyahoga Falls have sought to renew levies.
With 100% of the votes counted, Hudson’s renewal was approved 73% to 27%.
In Springfield, with 100% of the vote, unofficial results showed the tally was 1,850 for and 2,035 against, or about 48% to 52%.
Green’s bond issue showed 2,965 votes in favor and 2,717 votes against, for a winning margin of 52% to 48% in the unofficial results.
In Cuyahoga Falls, 59% of voters were for the levy, compared to 41% against with 100% of the votes counted.
Incumbents take lead in race for Summit County Council
Two Democratic incumbents, John A. Donofrio and Elizabeth Walters, were seeking to be among three party members to qualify for the November ballot for the three Summit County Council seats. Another Democrat, Erin Dickinson, was hoping for a chance to serve in place of her father, General Counsel member Clair Dickinson, who declined to run. Dakota James Rose was also on the Democratic ballot.
With 100% of the votes counted, the two incumbents and Dickinson held a double-digit lead.
Five Republicans, including one currently on the board, were in the running for the three spots on the general election ballot. Anthony DeVitis, who currently serves District 8, was looking to move to a seat at large. Also on the GOP ballot were former sheriff nominee Shane Barker as well as Devin Allman, Margaret E. Briem and Maria E. Williams.
With 100% of the votes counted, unofficial results showed DeVitis and Barker leading with 37% and 23% respectively. Williams and Briem had less than 300 votes difference, with about 14.24% of the votes, followed by Briem, with about 13.84%.