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Voters to decide races for Congress

By Tandem Media Network • Nov 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Voters in the Huron County will help decide two local U.S. House races and also will cast ballots in a statewide race for the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. Senate race features two candidates who are both Capitol Hill veterans.

The incumbent, Democrat Sherrod Brown, 65, already has served two terms in the U.S. Senate and hopes to win his third term Tuesday. Brown also has served in the U.S. House and other government posts. The Republican nominee, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, 59, represents Ohio’s 16th district and is a former mayor of Wadsworth. Renacci ran for governor last year but dropped out in January 2018 to run for the Senate instead.

The U.S. Fourth District race pits U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, against Democrat Janet Garrett of Oberlin. Locally, the district includes southern Erie County, part of Huron County, and Seneca and Sandusky counties. But the district makes its way across much of Ohio and also includes Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Crawford, Logan, Shelby and Union counties as well as portions of Lorain, Marion and Mercer counties.

The race has attracted some national attention, as Jordan is a prominent conservative and is running for House Speaker, although he is considered an underdog. Jordan is the co-founder of the Freedom Caucus. Garrett is a retired schoolteacher who served in the Peace Corps.

Portions of Erie and Ottawa counties, including Sandusky and Port Clinton, will help decide the U.S. House Ninth District race between U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, and the Republican nominee, Steve Kraus of Sandusky.

The district also includes portions of Cuyahoga, Lorain and Lucas counties.

Kaptur, 72, won her first race for Congress in 1982 and has been serving ever since, often intervening to help the district from her perch in the House Appropriations Committee. Kraus, 59, is a former member of the Ohio House who was forced out of office in 2015 after being convicted of theft. Kraus tells his side of the story in his book “Checkmate: One Man's Fight Against Political Corruption.”

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