State Rep. Anne Gonzales will serve a second term in the Ohio House.
Gonzales, the Republican incumbent from Westerville, defeated challenger Ryan Jolley, a Gahanna Democrat, in the race for Ohio’s 19th House District Nov. 6.
At 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Gonzales was leading the vote tally with 31,513, compared to 24,024 for Jolley, or 56.7 percent to 43.3 percent, with 145 of 148 precincts reporting , according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to work in the next General Assembly. I’m so excited that I had the support that I’ve ahd this time around. It took a lot of volunteers,” Gonzales said. “I have a lot of people to thank.”
The 19th Ohio House District includes all of New Albany, most of Westerville and parts of Columbus’ Northland community.
Gonzales, 49, is completing her first term representing the district. Prior to being elected to her seat, she served for 10 years on Westerville City Council.
Jolley, 29, has served on Gahanna City Council since January. He previously served a term on the Gahanna Jefferson school board.
During Gonzales’ campaign, she championed jobs and the economy as her main issues.
She supported Gov. John Kasich’s 2011 budget, which helped close an $8-billion budget hole. She said the state legislature also needs to create a more business-friendly environment by continuing to decrease regulations, something that legislators already have done by creating the Common Sense Initiative, which examines the impact all new regulations would have on businesses.
In her second term, Gonzales said she would like to address problems with the state’s school funding system.
“I want to see what we can do to solve the problems that Ohio’s been facing regarding education funding,” she said.
Gonzales said she was thrilled with the amount of support she’s received from her district.
“Each time I campaign, I’m humbled by the number of volunteers that I have,” Gonzales said.