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By David Skolnick
and Ed Runyan
It was a relatively easy night for incumbent Democratic state legislators from the Mahoning Valley, with all of them winning re-election.
But Craig E. Newbold, the lone Republican incumbent state legislator from the area, lost to Columbiana County Treasurer Nick Barborak, a Democrat from Lisbon, by 383 votes.
Barborak’s win in the new 5th District, which includes all of Columbiana County, was only 0.88 percent.
State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, easily defeated Republican Kimberly S. Poma, a Boardman school board member, by 17 percentage points.
“I’m very happy with the results,” Gerberry said. “I’m pleased to have the opportunity to go back to the Legislature and help the Mahoning Valley.”
The district includes all of Beaver, Berlin, Boardman, Canfield, Ellsworth, Goshen, Green, Jackson, Milton, Poland, Smith and Springfield townships; the city of Canfield; and the villages of Beloit, Craig Beach, New Middletown, Poland and Sebring. Also, four of Austintown’s 40 precincts, including Gerberry’s, are in the district.
State Rep. Robert F. Hagan, a Democrat from Youngstown, ran unopposed. His district includes the parts of Mahoning County not represented by Gerberry.
Elsewhere, Capri Cafaro, a Democrat from Liberty Township, held onto her 32nd District Ohio Senate seat, getting about 73 percent of the vote. Her opponent was Republican Nancy McArthur of Chardon.
Cafaro has held the seat since late 2006 and served three years as Senate minority leader until January. Cafaro has mentioned her good relationship with Republican Gov. John Kasich and other Republicans as one of the reasons she has been effective in Columbus.
The 32nd District includes Trumbull and Ashtabula counties and a small part of Geauga County, including Chardon.
The two Democratic incumbents in Tuesday’s Trumbull County Ohio House races, Tom Letson and Sean O’Brien, also retained their seats.
Letson, a Warren attorney who represents the 64th District, defeated business broker Randy Law of Warren by getting about 63 percent of the vote.
The 64th House District encompasses Warren, the village of West Farmington and the townships of Bloomfield, Braceville, Bristol, Champion, Farmington, Greene, Gustavus, Howland, Johnston, Kinsman, Mecca, Mesopotamia, Southington and Warren. It also takes in several areas in Ashtabula County, including Andover.
Sean O’Brien of Brookfield, former Trumbull County assistant prosecutor, defeated his Republican challenger, Patricia Paridon of Niles, by getting about 73 percent of the vote in his 63rd House District race.
The 63rd District represents Hubbard city, Hubbard Township, Girard, Hartford, Niles, Lordstown, McDonald, Liberty, Newton Falls, Newton Township, Orangeville, Vienna, Weathersfield, Fowler, Bazetta, Brookfield, Vernon and Cortland.
This was O’Brien’s first bid for re-election, winning his first term in 2010, after Sandra Stabile Harwood was ineligible to run again because of term limits.