Fundraising reports are in for 2019 for the Ohio House and Senate races.
Incumbent State Senator Sean O’Brien (D- Bazetta) is out to a comfortable lead in the race for the 32nd Senate District, raising $76,000 in 2019, according to records from the Secretary of State. O’Brien had $181,321 cash on hand.
O’Brien is running unopposed in next month’s Democratic primary, while two Republicans will face off for the right to be on the November ballot against O’Brien.
Sandra O’Brien, a Republican raised $25 in 2019, and received $480.84 in in-kind contributions. Her campaign had $1,064.62 cash on hand.
Kenneth J. Polke, also running for the Republican nomination, did not have any financial records on file with the Secretary of State’s office. Polke did not file a 2019 annual statement with the Secretary of State’s office, said Maggie Sheehan, spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office. Candidates can faces a fine of up to $100 per day after the filing deadline, Jan. 31 in this case.
Sean O’Brien was elected to the 32nd district senate seat in 2016.
On the State House of Representatives side, the race is wide open. Current State Representative John Patterson is term limited. Both the Democrat and Republican in the race are running unopposed in the primaries, and will face off in the November General Election.
Democrat Richard Dana raised $14,445 in 2019, and had $16,344 on hand, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Republican Sarah Fowler raised $15,104, and had $35,443 on hand.
Dana spent $1,895 in 2019, and Fowler spent $6,518.
Dana currently serves on the Geneva School Board. He is an attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Kent State Ashtabula.
Fowler serves on the State Board of Education, and is an entrepreneur.