21st Ohio House District

Duffey turns back O’Connor to win second term


Mike Duffey was elected to a second term Tuesday as the representative of the 21st Ohio House District.

Duffey, a Republican from Worthington, beat Democratic challenger Donna O’Connor by a vote of 30,433 to 27,908, according to final, unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Duffey is a former Worthington City Council member. He grew up in Worthington, went to Worthington schools, and is the son of the late John Duffey, who sat on council for many years.

O’Connor is a teacher in the Dublin City Schools and a former vice president of the teachers union in that district. She received endorsements from several public employee unions, who opposed Duffey for his support of Senate Bill 5, which would have lessened the power of unions.

Duffey was endorsed by the presidents of both the Dublin and Worthington boards of education, who, late in the campaign, criticized O’Connor for “unfair and misleading” advertisements about education funding.

Duffey called his campaign “a model for how to deal with negative campaigning.”

“I’m trying very hard to do the bipartisan thing,” he said. “Forging this middle ground is very important.”