Garrison’s win sets up race vs. Johnson

Come November Jennifer Garrison will be the Democratic candidate for Ohio’s Sixth District U.S. House of Representatives.

According to final but unofficial results of Tuesday’s primary election, Garrison, of Marietta, received 22,003 votes over 8,152 ballots cast for opponent Greg Howard of Albany.

In Washington County, Garrison had 1,856 votes, or 84.67 percent, compared to Howard’s 336 votes, or 15.33 percent.

Garrison will face current 6th District Republican Congressman Bill Johnson, also of Marietta, in the November election.

It wasn’t Garrison’s first campaign as she has previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives.

“But this is my first primary election campaign, and I think a primary election helps make you a better candidate,” she said. “It helps to get our program together as we head for the general election, forces us to be more organized.”

Garrison said the 6th Congressional District includes 18 counties and it will take some work to cover that expanse as the campaign focuses on November’s general election.

“We’ve been campaigning very hard since September,” she said. “I decided to run against Bill Johnson because I don’t believe he represents the best interest and values of our community. And nothing is ever going to be accomplished unless we’re willing to work across party lines.”

Garrison noted the light voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary.

“But now we need to get more people energized for the November election,” she said.

The primary was Howard’s first try for political office.

“We have been well received everywhere, and we campaigned on the issues,” he said. “I think the hard part of campaigning is getting people to pay attention to the issues that impact them. But if people don’t vote in the primary election, they’re not going to have another chance to choose their candidate.”

Howard said it’s possible he could run again in a couple of years, noting he’s gained a lot of experience this time around.

“If I do run, I’ll be better prepared and it will be totally different next time,” he said.