TiffinOhio.net recently reported that 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, said police contacted her shortly after she launched her campaign … and it was allegedly due to a report from a Reineke supporter!
A newly-released public records dispatch log from the Union County Sheriff’s Office provides better insight into what actually happened.
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.
That supporter, Carol Cain, who runs a conservative group in Union County, e-mailed Ackison on April 9 stating, “Melissa, probably should not send me more things… Steve and I have gotten behind Bill Reineke.”
A few weeks later, on April 22, Cain contacted the Union County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 9:54 AM to report Ackison for telecommunications harassment.
Read the dispatched call summary below:
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.”
“[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.