Voters decide party nominees

EDITOR’S NOTE: All results are according to unofficial election results received as of press time. Additional election coverage will be in the Thursday, May 5, edition of the Miami Valley Today due to early press times.

MIAMI VALLEY — Voters throughout Ohio cast their ballots in Ohio’s May 3 Primary Election on Tuesday.

In Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which now includes much of Miami County following redistricting, there were no contested races between party candidates. Gary Josephson, a Democrat, was previously running against Danny O’Connor until O’Connor withdrew his candidacy for the Democratic nominee. Mike Carey is the Republican nominee who will run against Josephson in November.

In Ohio’s 8th Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson was projected to receive the GOP nomination, receiving approximately 75% of the vote. He was challenged by Phil Heimlich in the primary. Davidson faces a November rematch with Democratic nominee Vanessa Enoch.

In regard to the U.S. Senate, Republican J.D. Vance was holding a slim lead over other GOP hopefuls Josh Mandel, Matt Dolan, Mike Gibbons, Jane Timken, Mark Pukita, and Neil Patel. The eventual winner will face off against Democratic nominee Tim Ryan this fall for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Rob Portman.

Incumbent Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was leading in his primary race against fellow Republican candidates Jim Renacci, Ron Hood, and Joe Blystone. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will campaign against the Democratic Party team of former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Lt. Gov. nominee Cheryl L. Stephens.

Additionally, Ohio’s Republican incumbent elections chief Frank LaRose won Tuesday’s primary against conservative challenger John Adams. LaRose will face Democrat Chelsea Clark, a suburban Cincinnati City Council member and businesswoman, in November’s general election. Clark ran unopposed in the primary.

There was only one local issue on the ballot, which was a local liquor option for the Troy 4-A precinct for Casey’s General Store #4016 located at 1403 W. Market Street, Troy, in this precinct. As of press time, this issue is projected to pass.

The offices of State Senator, State Representative, and Member of State Central Committee did not appear on the May 3, 2022 Primary Election ballot due to ongoing redistricting issues on the state level.