Voters in the 21st Ohio House District will see two new candidates on the Nov. 2 ballot - both from Worthington.

Voters in the 21st Ohio House District will see two new candidates on the Nov. 2 ballot both from Worthington.

Republican Mike Duffey and Democrat David Robinson are vying for the seat currently held by state Rep. Kevin Bacon, who's running for the 3rd Senate District.

The 21st House District includes Worthington, Worthington Hills, Minerva Park, Northland and parts of Columbus.

Duffey, 32, is a lifelong Worthington resident, twice-elected member of Worthington City Council.

He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He also attended law school at Ohio State University for one year prior to joining the Statehouse press corps as a reporter.

Since 2003, he has worked for Hinson Ltd. Public Relations.

He and his wife, Lindsay, have a son.

Duffey's key campaign issue is jobs, saying on his campaign website that job growth is what matters most to Ohioans.

He said his supporters "like that my candidacy also reflects principles of limited, responsible government.

"Unfortunately, Ohio's economy is in real trouble. Our state is facing huge budget shortfalls and its worst unemployment in decades. We need a new direction one that creates jobs and balances the budget responsibly."

Robinson, 48, graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1980 and from the Ohio State University in 1984, graduating cum laude. He received his master's in theological studies from Chicago Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from Emory University.

In 2008, he ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi in the race for the 12th Congressional District seat.

He is vice president of Marcy Enterprises Inc., a local family-owned manufacturing company engaged in international business, according to his campaign website.

He describes himself as "a businessman, a husband and father, and an engaged citizen, and that's how I think about public policy.

"This means that I'm committed to creating an environment where innovation and work are rewarded, where opportunity is available to all, and where we honor our responsibility to future generations," he said. "These are the basic principles that guide my thinking."

He said his goal is to move Ohio "to the front of the pack, ahead of the curve, in the emerging technologies, energies and industries that will be the basis of tomorrow's wealth, jobs and power."

He is married to Lorraine and has a stepdaughter.

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