State Rep. Anne Gonzales will keep her seat in the Ohio House.

State Rep. Anne Gonzales will keep her seat in the Ohio House.

Gonzales, the Republican incumbent, defeated challenger Ryan Jolley, a Gahanna Democrat, in the race for Ohio's 19th House District Nov. 6.

The 19th Ohio House District includes all of New Albany, most of Westerville, the west side of Gahanna and parts of Columbus' Northland community.

The uncertified results from the Franklin County Board of Elections have Gonzales winning with 32,736 votes over Jolley's 25,057 votes, or 56.6 percent to 43.4 percent.

"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 had this time around. It took a lot of volunteers," Gonzales said. "I have a lot of people to thank."

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, including a two-year term as mayor.

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 she said 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.

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