State Rep. Dave Hall easily won the Republican primary in Tuesday’s race against Tom Lavinder, of Ashland.
Hall said his win over Lavinder was an important indication of voters’ growing conservatism. During the campaign, he characterized Lavinder as the more moderate candidate.
“Republican voters have spoken loud and clear,” Hall said. “Make no mistake, the conservative movement is alive and well in the 70th District.”
Hall won with more than 73 percent of the vote — 5,658 votes to Lavinder’s 2,052 — according to unofficial board of elections results.
“These election results signal a victory for everyone who voted in favor of the conservative principles that make our state great: balanced budgets, lower taxes and leaner government,” Hall said.
The district covers western Medina County including the western portion of Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Township, the townships of Homer, Spencer, Chatham, Litchfield, York and Liverpool, and the village of Spencer. The district also includes all of Ashland County and the northern portion of Holmes County.
Hall, 53, of Millersburg, was elected to the Statehouse in 2008 and serves on the Finance Committee. He said he’s working to help fund infrastructure improvements and other major expenses that burden small local governments. During his primary campaign, he promised to run on his record, which includes balancing Ohio’s budget and setting aside $1.5 billion in savings.
Lavinder, an educator and former school superintendent, thanked his supporters Tuesday. He said the race was difficult against an incumbent.
“I just failed to get enough support to be victorious,” Hall said. “I wish Rep. Hall the best of luck and I’m confident he’ll be successful in the race against his opponent in November.
Hall will face opposition in November from Democrat James Riley who ran unopposed on Tuesday’s primary ballot.