Incumbent Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) retained his seat representing Licking County residents in the Ohio House of Representatives, according to final, unofficial results Nov. 6 from the Licking County Board of Elections.
Hottinger, who has represented the 71st Ohio House District since 2007, received 31,912 votes while his opponent, Democrat Brady Jones, received 19,739 votes.
"It's always a great honor to represent the people of Licking County," Hottinger said. "I am humbled that such a large percentage of the voters trust me enough and respect me enough to be their voice on important issues."
Hottinger serves on the House's health and aging committee and is chairman of the insurance committee. He also is one of the legislators who serve on the State Controlling Board, which oversees some capital and operating expenditures by state agencies.
Jones, a Newark resident, said he has concerns about term limits, but his concern wasn't shared by voters, who decided to retain Hottinger.
The 71st District's new boundaries, redrawn last year, still include about half of Licking County, including most of Pataskala and all of Granville, Heath, Johnstown and Newark. The district also includes a small section of Reynoldsburg.