Manchester, Hoops, McColley win Republican primary challenges

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Susan Manchester

Susan Manchester

Jim Hoops

Jim Hoops

Robert McColley


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WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield’s Susan Manchester advanced to the November general election following a three-way Republican primary Tuesday for the Ohio’s 84th House District.

Manchester picked up 37 percent of the vote, ahead of Travis Faber’s 32 percent with all precincts counted. Aaron Heilers finished third at 31 percent.

Manchester advances to the November election, where she faces Democrat Joseph Monbeck, who was unopposed in his primary Tuesday. The district includes all of Mercer County and parts of Auglaize, Darke and Shelby counties.

Manchester and Monbeck hope to replace current seat-holder Keith Faber, who didn’t run for re-election as he campaigns for state auditor. He was unopposed in the Republican primary for that position Tuesday, but he’ll face Democrat Zack Space in November.

In the 81st House District, incumbent James M. Hoops, R-Napoleon, topped Tom Liebrecht, the chairman of the Putnam County Republican Party, 65 to 45 percent with all of the precincts counted in Henry, Putnam and Williams counties and half the precincts counted in Fulton County. Liebrecht did have strong support in his home county, winning 58 percent of the votes in Putnam County.

The Democratic candidate in the 81st District, Janet Breneman, was unopposed and faces Hoops in November. The district includes all of Putnam and two other counties and part of another.

In the 1st Senate District, Republican incumbent Robert McColley will face Democrat Adam Papin in November. McColley picked up 61 percent of the vote, compared to Craig Kupferberg’s 20 percent and Bob Barker Jr.’s 19 percent.

McColley was appointed to the seat after former state Sen. Cliff Hite resigned his seat amid a sexual harassment accusation. The 1st District includes all of Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties and part of Auglaize County, as well as five other Northwest Ohio counties.

In the 4th House District, state Rep. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, was unopposed in the primary. In November, he faces Bath student Tristam Cheeseman, who topped the 50 votes he needed as a write-in candidate to end up on the general election ballot. The district includes all of Allen County.

In the 82nd House District, Republican incumbent Craig Riedel was unopposed, as was his Democratic challenger, Aden Wyatt Baker.

In the 83rd House District, Jon Cross topped Cheryl Buckland, 58 to 42 percent, with all precincts counted in Hancock and Hardin counties and a quarter of precincts counted in Logan County. Mary E. Harshfield, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, faces Cross in November. The seat came open as current holder Robert Sprague ran for state treasurer. Sprague won that primary Tuesday.

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