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Races for Statehouse seats, county jobs culminate Tuesday

At the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6, Delaware County voters will choose a county recorder, two county commissioners and representatives for the new 67th and 68th Ohio House districts.

67th House District

Democrat David Hogan will try to unseat incumbent Republican Andrew Brenner in the Nov. 6 race to represent the new 67th Ohio House District.

Previously encompassed by the 2nd District, Dela-ware County now is split between the new 67th and 68th districts. The 67th District includes virtually all of the county west of 3 B's and K Road and the Orange-Genoa township boundary.

Brenner, 41, was voted into the office in 2010 and narrowly defeated Craig Schweitzer on this year's primary ballot. He previously served as Delaware County recorder. He lives in Powell.

Hogan, 53, teaches American history at Heidelberg University. He ran unopposed in the March primary. He lives in Delaware.

68th House District

Democrat John Ryerson will take on incumbent Republican Margaret Ann Ruhl in the Nov. 6 race to represent the 68th Ohio House District.

The newly formed 68th District includes all of Knox County as well as the portion of Delaware County east of Interstate 71.

Ruhl, 56, was elected to the office in 2008 and handily beat challengers Jason Rogers and Jeff Furr on this year's primary ballot. She previously worked as auditor for the city of Mount Vernon for 11 years. She lives in Mount Vernon.

Ryerson, 62, is an attorney in private practice. He narrowly defeated Bradley Duane Schaaf on this year's primary ballot. He lives in Gambier.

County recorder

Democrat Rick Beer will aim for incumbent Republican Melissa Jordan's job in the Nov. 6 race for Delaware County recorder.

Jordan was appointed by the Delaware County Republican Central Committee in January 2011 after former Recorder Andrew Brenner was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. She lives in Ostrander.

Beer, 46, currently is title manager at Tablerock Land Services. He lives in Lewis Center.


Incumbent Republican Ken O'Brien is fighting to keep his seat against Democratic write-in challenger Richard Bird for a four-year term on the board of commissioners. The term begins Jan. 3.

O'Brien, 52, lives in Berlin Township. Bird, 45, lives in Westerville.

Two newcomers are up for the four-year term that starts Jan. 2: Republican Gary Merrell and Democrat John Hartman. Republican Tommy Thompson, who currently holds the seat, lost to Merrell in the March primary.

Merrell, 63, and Hartman, 66, both live in Liberty Township.

Unopposed races

In addition, six candidates for Delaware County offices -- all incumbent Republicans -- will appear unopposed on ballots Nov. 6. They are:

* Carol O'Brien for prosecutor. O'Brien was appointed in January 2011. She lives in Delaware.

* Jan Antonoplos for common pleas court clerk. Antonoplos was appointed in 2001. She lives in Dublin.

* Russell L. Martin for sheriff. Martin was appointed in May 2012. He lives in Powell.

* Jon Peterson for treasurer. Peterson was elected in 2008. He lives in Delaware.

* Chris Bauserman for engineer. Bauserman was elected in 1996. He lives in Delaware.

* Mark Hickman for coroner. Hickman was appointed in 2005. He lives in Delaware.