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Races set for Congress, General Assembly

March 7, 2012
By Ashley Rittenhouse - The Marietta Times ( , The Marietta Times

Ohio's former 6th district Congressman, Democrat Charlie Wilson, will face off against incumbent Bill Johnson in the November election.

Wilson, of St. Clairsville, took 28,434 votes in Tuesday's primary election, while his opponent, Democrat Cas Adulewicz, of Steubenville, captured 5,717 votes.

Wilson served two terms in Congress before Johnson took the seat from him in 2010.

Johnson, a Republican from Marietta, received 44,524 votes Tuesday, while Republican Victor Smith, of Waterford, captured 8,594 votes.

Wilson said he is confident going into the November general election, because Independent polling agency Public Policy Polling shows that Johnson is "in trouble."

"In February we had independent polling that showed Bill Johnson only has a 32 percent approval rating and also in the Independent vote, I'm leading him 36 to 32, and we haven't even started running," Wilson said.

Fact Box

Election results

6th Congressional District:

Charlie Wilson (D) - 28,434 votes.

Cas Adulewicz (D) - 5,717 votes.

Bill Johnson (R) - 44,524 votes.

Victor Smith (R) - 8,594 votes.

House of Representatives, District 94:

Debbie Phillips (D) - 5,288 votes.

Charles Richter (R) - 3,979 votes.

Micah Martindale (R) - 3,831 votes.

House of Representatives, District 95:

Andy Thompson (R) - 9,271 votes.

Charlie Daniels (D) - 3,973 votes.

Jim Drake (D) - 1,824 votes.

William Weekley (D) - 1,259 votes.

Johnson said he is looking forward to putting his record against Wilson's in the coming months.

"We're going to be focusing on the very different philosophies that exist between Charlie Wilson and me," Johnson said. "Government spending and voting for Obamacare, those will be critical issues. (Wilson) voted for a massive takeover of the health care system that cut half a trillion dollars out of Medicare and he did not vote to pass a budget because the Democrat controlled house didn't pass a budget."

State House of Representatives - District 94

Republican Charles Richter, of Little Hocking, came out on top in the race for the state representative seat in the 94th district. He will face incumbent Debbie Phillips, a Democrat, in the November election. Richter received 3,979 votes, while his opponent Micah Martindale, of Meigs County, captured 3,831 votes.

"She's going for her third term so that will be the hard part is fighting that battle," Richter said of Phillips.

Richter said he believes he came out on top in the primary election because voters recognized that he can bring his business background to the position. He has owned the Westerville Bike Shop for 19 years.

"We have a lot of debt and a lot of spending (in the state) and how we can do something to save the most amount of money or get the most for our money, that's something I bring to the table," he said.

Richter said he hopes to attend many social events and go door to door between now and November in an effort to get to know the voters.

State House of Representatives - District 95

Democrat Charlie Daniels, of St. Clairsville, received the most votes in the race for the state representative seat in the 95th district. He captured 3,973 votes, while his opponent Jim Drake received 1,824 votes and William Weekley received 1,259 votes.

Daniels will face incumbent Andy Thompson, a Republican from Marietta, in the November general election.

Daniels said he was excited about the outcome of the primary election, especially since he has never run for political office.

"We started in January advertising and getting our name and message out," he said. "I want to thank all the people who have put their faith in me and supported me with their votes."

Daniels said improving the state of the economy and representing the people of the district are his top priorities.

He said he feels confident he can defeat Thompson in the November general election.

"We're going to work hard and I think our chances in November are very good," Daniels said.



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