A race marred by negative campaigning will finally come to an end next Tuesday, when voters elect either Mike Duffey or David Robinson to the 21st District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives.

A race marred by negative campaigning will finally come to an end next Tuesday, when voters elect either Mike Duffey or David Robinson to the 21st District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Both men are Worthington residents in the district that also includes Northland, Worthington Hills and parts of northern Franklin County.

Duffey, the endorsed Republican, has been the target of dozens of attack ads, most coming from either the Democratic Party or from associations of unions.

Robinson, the endorsed Democrat, has denied responsibility for the written and broadcast ads.

The attacks spawned a reaction from the Duffey campaign, as Worthington supporters, in particular, fought back with hand-painted signs and a Web site designed to refute the allegations spawned by the Robinson camp.

Beyond the fray, both candidates campaigned heavily door-to-door, attempting to tell voters who they are and what they stand for.

Duffey, 32, is a Worthington native and a member of Worthington City Council.

He calls himself a fiscal conservative, as his vote on council has attested over the past five years. He also claims to be a centrist, able to work with both Democrats and Republicans.

Duffey said as a representative he would work for the redevelopment of older communities; a review of state agencies to discover where spending can be cut; and less government on the local, township, and school district levels.

Duffey has a degree in political science from the University of Michigan and works in public relations for Hinson Ltd. He is married and has an infant son.

Robinson, 48, moved to Worthington last spring. He and his wife purchased a house in Old Worthington, where they live with her daughter and their infant daughter.

As a representative, he would like to address joblessness, especially through the creation of jobs and businesses related to energy technology.

In fact, energy and the environment are strong parts of his background. Since 2007, he has delivered free presentations throughout central Ohio on environmental issues.

He is also a supporter of education at all levels and of expanding programs for senior citizens.

In 2008, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, losing to incumbent Pat Tiberi.

Robinson grew up in Upper Arlington and graduated from Upper Arlington High School.

He has a degree in accounting from Ohio State University; an M.A. in theological studies from Chicago Theological Seminary; and a Ph.D. in theology and psychology from Emory University.

Robinson is vice president of Marcy Enterprises, a family-owned business that manufactures polymers and adhesives for the glass and automotive industries.