Northwest News

15th U.S. House District

Incumbent Stivers defeats Lang


Republican Steve Stivers coasted to victory Nov. 6 over his Democratic challenger in the race to represent Ohio's 15th Congressional District.

Stivers, a one-term incumbent, defeated Athens Law Director Patrick Lang by 199,598 votes (61.83 percent) to 123,201 votes(38.17 percent), according to final, unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

"We've got a lot of work to do now, roll up our sleeves," said Stivers, who lives in Upper Arlington.

He said Congress needs to immediately address the so-called fiscal cliff, when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect at the end of the year.

Also set to expire are the Bush-era tax cuts. The GOP wants to extend all of the tax cuts while Democrats want to raise taxes on upper-income earners.

Stivers appeared to be holding firm.

"I think we need to avoid the largest tax increase in American history and reduce spending," he said.

"I want to try to work together without trading my principles right now. I don't think we should be raising taxes on the American people."

With unemployment stuck at 7.9 percent, lawmakers and the president need to give job-creators more certainty in the market, Stivers said.

Yet, Republicans and Democrats also are at odds over the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," something Stivers had vowed to help repeal, although he said he supported some of its provisions.

On election night, Republicans maintained control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Democrats, the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, President Obama, a Democrat, was re-elected, making partisan gridlock appear to be a certainty.

Still, Stivers struck a bipartisan tone on election night.

"We've got to work together and figure out how to come together and make it happen," he said.