Westerville News & Public Opinion

Gonzales faces primary challenge from Tea Party candidate


State Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) will face a primary challenger in the race for Ohio's 19th House District.

Westerville resident Meta Hahn, 60, secretary of the Westerville Tea Party, has filed for the May 6 primary.

Gonzales has represented the district, which includes all of New Albany, most of Westerville and Gahanna and parts of Columbus' Northland community, since January 2011.

Hahn said she is running as a conservative candidate focused on shrinking the size of state government and lowering taxes.

In announcing her candidacy, Hahn said that if elected, she would vote for pro-life policies, as well as against same-sex marriage, and she said she would work to reverse the Affordable Care Act in Ohio.

Hahn first became active in politics when the Westerville Tea Party was formed in March 2011, and she has worked on campaigns against Westerville City School District levies and for the November school board campaign of Jim Burgess, Luke Davis and John Sodt.

This is her first bid for public office.

Hahn has lived in Westerville for the past 13 years and has lived in central Ohio since the 1970s.

She worked as an elementary school teacher for about 20 years, spending most of her career with the Columbus City School District.

Hahn is married with two grown children.

Gonzales, 50, served on Westerville City Council for 10 years, including spending time as mayor, before being elected to the Ohio House.

She is married with three children.