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‘Cops got called’: GOP primary fight between Bill Reineke and Melissa Ackison heats up Staff




TIFFIN, OH ( News) — The race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 isn’t the only primary that’s heating up.

Melissa Ackison (R-Marysville), the outspoken conservative activist and Marysville businesswoman who is challenging State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) for a seat in the Ohio Senate, says police contacted her shortly after she launched her campaign … and it was allegedly due to a report from a Reineke supporter!

So far, Ackison’s only announced opponent in 2020 in the 26th District Ohio Senate race would be Reineke. The Senate seat will be vacated by term-limited Sen. David Burke (R, Marysville).

The district includes all or part of Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Morrow, Marion, and Union counties, a district that Ms. Ackison referred to as “God’s country.”

“My filthy rich political opponent [is] using one of his supporters to attempt to file a police report against me for unwanted emails about my candidacy,” Ackison claimed in a post to Facebook earlier this week.

Ackison explained in a Facebook live video that a supporter of Bill Reineke contacted police to file a harassment report … after receiving a campaign e-mail.

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“Week one after my campaign announcement, I received a telephone call from authorities here in my county,” Ackison said in the video. “One of [Reineke]’s supporters contacted the sheriff and wanted to file an official police report for harassment.”

“I said to the officer, I said… I don’t understand what you’re talking about. I’ve never made any physical threat to anyone, I haven’t hit anyone,” Ackison continued.

The Marysville businesswoman added that the police finally explained to Reineke’s alleged supporter that “campaign e-mails do not constitute harassment.”

Ackison, who ran in the 2018 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, and came in third behind Jim Renacci and Mike Gibbons, describes herself on her Facebook profile as a “Liberty loving, gun toting, Bible carrying, 80/90’s hip hop enthusiast & habitual line stepper.”

She previously criticized Reineke after attending his campaign announcement event, calling him an “establishment candidate.”

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“[Reineke] has ZERO major legislative accomplishments under his belt as a state rep, is rated as a “somewhat conservative” and is another wealthy stately looking gentleman (not that I ever expect any level of diversity),” Ackison said.

Ackison ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Party’s nomination in 2018 in hopes of going head-to-head with Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. She placed third in the primary with 13 percent of the vote as then-U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci picked up the endorsement of the party’s campaign apparatus, losing miserably in the general election.

Attempts to reach out to Bill Reineke’s campaign for comment were not returned.