By Nathan Pilling
XENIA — As of press time, Xenia Republican Bill Dean was leading the field of contenders for the State House of Representatives seat for the 74th District of Ohio with about 43 percent of the vote. Dean led his nearest challenger by about 2,000 votes with 61 percent of precincts reporting, according to preliminary results at press time.
Dean will likely face the Democrat candidate, Barbara Niemeyer, who was unopposed in her primary, in the November general election.
Dean faced Republicans Joe Russell, Brenden Shea and Chris Wallace in the race.
Prior to the election, Dean highlighted economic growth as a challenge to the state he would address if elected to the seat.
“Grow jobs for the private sector,” he wrote. “Reduce burdensome taxes on businesses. That would help create new jobs and broaden the tax base of Ohio. Support legislation that would finally tackle the state debt for unemployment loans owed to the federal government. By growing the economy we can get the debt off the state’s book.”
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