ST. MARYS — A Celina Republican cruised to re-election and will retain his seat in the Ohio Senate.
Incumbent Keith Faber defeated Libertarian Paul D. Hinds, of Lima, for the 12th District Ohio Senate seat on Election Night. In unofficial results in Auglaize County, Faber earned 83.86 percent of the vote (9,543 votes) to Hinds’ 16.14 percent (1,837 votes). Districtwide, Faber earned 79 percent of the vote (109,885 votes) to Hinds’ 21 percent (29,079 votes).
“I’m humbled to have the support of the folks in the district,” Faber said after the election. “We will continue to work on strengthening jobs and the economy. I want to thank Mr. Hinds for his race and I will continue to be humbled and honored to serve the folks of the 12 Senate District.”
Workforce development also will be a major focus for Faber as he starts his new term.
“We need to continue to have a trained workforce,” Faber said. “It’s come down to that we need to make sure we have a skilled, trained workforce in Ohio that will help grow jobs in the small business sector.”
The 12th District comprises Allen, Mercer, Preble, Shelby and Champaign counties as well as portions of Darke and Auglaize counties. In Auglaize County, the district includes New Bremen, New Knoxville and Minster.
Wapakoneta and St. Marys — as well as the outlaying portions of each city — are in the 1st Senate District, a seat held by Cliff Hite. Hite ran unopposed.
In other regional races:
• State Rep. Jim Buchy, a Republican, retained his seat in the 84th House District by defeating Democrat Ronald Hammons 81 percent (45,001 votes) to 19 percent (10,582 votes).
• U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan retained his 4th Congressional District seat by defeating Democrat Jim Slone and Libertarian Chris Kalla. Jordan earned 59 percent of the vote (177,861 votes) to Slone’s 36 percent (108,629) to Kalla’s 5 percent (15,268 votes).
• U.S. Rep. Bob Latta also retained his 5th Congressional District seat by defeating Democrat Angela Zimmann and Libertarian Eric Eberly.
• State Issues 1 and 2 were soundly defeated by Ohio voters. Voters rejected State Issue 1, which called for a Constitutional convention, by a vote of 68 percent to 32 percent, and they defeated State Issue 2, which called for a change in the redistricting process, by a vote of 64 percent to 36 percent.