GOPAC’s Races to Watch: Ohio State House

Ohio is shaping up to be a pivotal state in the contest between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. It is also a crucial state for advancing our conservative ideas and principles as the Democrats focus on taking the majority in the State House. The Democrats are determined to reverse the common sense, results-oriented policies that Governor John Kasich and our Republican majorities in the Senate and House have put in place. A Democratic takeover of the Ohio House could result in more regulation of job creators, higher taxes on middle class families and a fully government-run health care system in the Buckeye state.

The Top Races to Watch in the Ohio State House center on the Democrats’ attempts to defeat three Republican incumbents. The Democrats will do all they can to twist and distort our Republican legislators’ records. This is why we must make sure they are not left to take on the Democrats alone. While we must protect our Republican legislators, this November also represents an opportunity for two potential pick-ups for the GOP — in Richland County’s 2nd House District and Western Franklin County’s 24th House District.

Here are the top five Republican candidates to watch in key races for control of the Ohio State House of Representatives:

Representative Mike Dovilla (R) vs Matt Patten (D)

  • District 7: SW Cuyahoga County
  • Voter make-up: Lean Republican

GOPACA first-term State Representative, Republican Mike Dovilla is running for re-election this year against Democratic opponent, former one-term State Rep. Matt Patten, who Dovilla unseated in the 2010 elections. Currently representing Ohio’s 18th House District, he is running in District 7 this year due to reapportionment in the state.

In addition to being a State Representative, Dovilla is a small business owner and Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves, having served a one-year tour in Iraq.

Representative Dovilla is the sponsor of major bipartisan legislation to assist military personnel overseas in voting and other legislation, signed by Governor Kasich, to overhaul the Ohio Department of Development to spur job creation.

Support Representative Mike Dovilla.

Representative Kristina Daley Roegner (R) vs Tom Schmida (D)

  • District 37: Summit County
  • Voter make-up: Lean Republican

GOPACFirst-term State Representative and former Hudson City Council member, Republican Kristina Daley Roegner, is running against Democrat Tom Schmida, a head of the local teachers’ union.

A mechanical engineer by trade and a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Representative Kristina Roegner sponsored The Common Sense Initiative (HB94), bipartisan legislation to review and eliminate unnecessary government regulations on small businesses.

She is running for re-election this year to help Ohio create jobs, balance the budget without raising taxes, utilize the state’s energy resources while protecting the environment, improve education for Ohio’s students, and protect family values.

Support Representative Kristina Daley Roegner.

Representative Andy Thompson (R) vs Charlie Daniels (D)

  • District 95: eastern Ohio
  • Voter make-up: Swing District

GOPACRepublican Andy Thompson is a first-term State Representative in Ohio, and a former Marietta City Councilman. Thompson is running in eastern Ohio’s 95th House District against Democratic opponent Charlie Daniels, a former employee of the Belmont Correctional Facility, who was recently let go for participating in political activity prohibited by his employment classification.

A small business owner, Rep. Andy Thompson is the owner of Bird Watcher’s Digest magazine.

Representing a coal district, Thompson has a record of supporting the coal industry, passing resolutions in the Ohio House to further support the industry in addition to oil & gas development in Ohio.

Focused on “first principles,” Rep. Thompson is running on a platform to protect Ohio’s state rights, get government out of the way so Ohioans can create jobs, reform education to become student-centered, keep taxes low, and support pro-life principles and the right to bear arms.

Support Representative Andy Thompson .

Mark Romanchuk (R) vs Ellen Haring (D)

  • District 2: Richland County
  • Voter make-up: Lean Republican
  • Possible GOP pick-up

GOPACRepublican Mark Romanchuk, owner of PR Machine Works, a family manufacturing company in Mansfield, Ohio, is running as a first time candidate in Ohio’s 2nd House District against Democrat Ellen Haring, a Mansfield City Councilwoman.

As the former president of the Richland County Chamber of Commerce, Romanchuk is endorsed by U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan, who said, “Ohio’s families and taxpayers will greatly benefit from the real world experience and fresh, new ideas Mark will bring to the statehouse.” Mark has also received endorsements from the National Federation of Independent Business, Ohio Right to Life, and the Ohio State Medical Association.

The district is a longtime Democrat stronghold but this year has become an unexpectedly open seat due to Democrat Jay Goyal’s decision not to seek reelection, and enhanced by Mark Romanchuk’s record on job creation and service to his community. A win by Romanchuk would be a pick-up for Republicans in the Ohio State House, helping to increase the current 59-40 GOP majority.

Support Mark Romanchuk .

Stephanie Kunze (R) vs Maureen Reedy (D)

  • District 24: Western Franklin County
  • Voter make-up: Lean Republican
  • Possible GOP pick-up

GOPACA wife, mother and Hilliard City Councilwoman, Republican Stephanie Kunze is running in the newly-created 24th House District against Democratic opponent Maureen Reedy, a Franklin County teacher.

During her tenure on the City Council, Stephanie has helped bring companies to Hilliard and fought against fee increases. Kunze has also helped start a company to help businesses gain traction in Franklin County.

She is running on a platform to create jobs, lower taxes, reduce spending, and make healthcare more affordable. Stephanie Kunze has been endorsed by the Ohio Society of CPA’s, Ohio State Medical Association, and Ohio Right to Life.

A win by Kunze would be a pick-up for Republicans in the Ohio State House, adding to the current 59-40 Republican majority.

Support Stephanie Kunze .