Current state Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) won his race to become the next state senator for Ohio’s 26th senate district.
Reineke defeated Democratic challenger Craig Swartz (D-Upper Sandusky) by over 40 points.
Reineke garnered 70.87% of the votes in the 26th district, which includes Seneca, Sandusky, Marion, Morrow, Crawford, Wyandot, and Union counties, according to unofficial results released by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.
“I want to congratulate Bill Reineke on winning the 26th State Senate general election. Bill’s campaign was civil, clean and respectful from the Primary to the Present, and in the few times we were able to meet face to face, courteous. I hope Bill, in his new role as State Senator, will openly commit to communicating more often with the constituents of the 26th, and seeking solutions benefiting everyone,” Swartz said in a statement congratulating Reineke on his victory.