Delaware News

May 4 primary

Brenner and Jordan win nominations


It was a close race for the Ohio House 2nd District and a lopsided race for the Ohio Senate 19th District in the Republican primary.

In the House race, Delaware County recorder Andrew Brenner was the victor with 4,158 votes, nearly 25 percent of the total votes cast in the race.

Kris Jordan handily won the Republican nomination for the 19th Ohio Senate seat on May 4.

Brenner was followed by Craig Schweitzer with 3,871 votes (22.74 percent), Beth Lear with 3,802 (22.34 percent), Traci Saliba with 2,316 (13.61 percent), Mark Phillips with 1,462 (8.59 percent) and Jeffery Mayle with 1,412 (8.3 percent).

Brenner will face Democrat Richard Bird in the Nov. 2 general election.

Jordan received 12,149 votes, 69.7 percent of the total cast. Thom Collier placed second with 3,780 (21.7 percent) and Louis G. Petros trailed with 1,498 (8.6) percent.

"It was neck and neck," Brenner said in an interview the day after the election. "We worked hard during the election, but we knew it would come to a handful of votes."

Brenner believes his edge over his five opponents came "from a solid message of reform in government .. and the small army of volunteers who worked on my campaign. And all the help I got from my wife."

Brenner's wife, Sara Marie Brenner, is a councilwoman in Powell.

The 39-year-old Brenner complimented his opponents on the clean campaign all ran.

"It was a hard-fought, clean campaign and every vote out there was earned by each candidate," he said.

Bird has already challenged him to a series of debates.

Brenner has not responded, but did say he will campaign as he did during the primary race, going door to door with his message of conservative spending.

He said he has heard from some of his opponents who are ready to join his fall campaign.

Jordan, 33, lives in Powell with his wife, Melissa. The Ohio State University graduate is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives' 2nd District.

Before joining the Ohio House of Representatives, Jordan served as a Delaware County commissioner.

Jordan said he is the strong, conservative voice to represent voters of the 19th Ohio Senate District.

Also on May 4, Delaware County prosecutor David Yost received 451,296 votes to win the Republican nomination for Ohio auditor. Seth Morgan trailed with 244,103 votes.

Official results must be certified by the Delaware County Board of Elections by May 25.

- Jennifer Noblit contributed to this story