Were just going to wait it out here and see how things go, Ron Hadsell said in the rotunda of the Scioto County Court House with 54 precincts out of 77 reporting. However, after final numbers came in, Hadsell carried Scioto County 2,459 to Mike Crabtrees 1,804 in Scioto County and reports that he also was carrying Lawrence County. If Hadsells numbers held up, he will face Republican candidate Dr. Terry Johnson in the November Election to become the State Representative in Ohios 89th District. Tuesdays Democratic Primary election was marked by negativity and a charge being filed with the Ohio Election Commission. Hadsell announced first, then when Crabtree threw his hat in the ring, Hadsell challenged Crabtree to a series of three debates, which Crabtree first agreed to. Crabtree later changed his mind. Hadsell campaigned on what he said is his ability to create jobs with the two companies he is associated with, J&H Erectors and Hadsell Enterprises, companies that have been involved in construction projects ranging from the building of several new schools in the area to industrial parks for companies to locate in. While Hadsell would not claim victory at 10:15 p.m., he did talk about what he believes resonated with those who voted for him. I think we need to get southern Ohio back on its feet again. I think we need a candidate who will do that, Hadsell said. Someone who is experienced in creating jobs, and thats what we need right now. We need to pull together to get back on our feet. Hadsell was asked if his lead held up, could he unite the party after a bitter primary battle. Yes, I will reach out to Mike Crabtrees supporters and try to get some ideas and input from them, and how we move forward, and just try to get things moving down here, Hadsell said. We need to all pull together to make it happen. Hadsell used the countys financial woes in his campaign. Crabtree is one of three Scioto County Commissioners in office when Scioto County became the first county in the history of Ohio to be placed in fiscal emergency status. Crabtree filed a complaint against Hadsell, after Hadsell quoted him in campaign literature as having said to a group of Democratic women that he could not create jobs. That complaint was dismissed when It was raised by Hadsells attorney that the submitted complaint by Crabtree was not properly notarized. The executive director of the OEC, Phil Richter said It was not a proper affidavit under Ohio law. Crabtree had the backing of the Ohio Democratic Party, leading Hadsell to say Are we really going to let a bunch of upstate political insiders decide who we vote for here in Southern Ohio? Today we learn that a bunch of politicians and Statehouse insiders in Columbus are trying to interfere in our local election for State Representative by endorsing my opponent. It was inevitable. These political insiders know that Im not one of them, that Im running against their politics-as-usual, go-along-to-get-along way of doing business. The 89th District covers Scioto, Adams and Lawrence counties. While he ran unopposed, Terry Johnson talked about the campaign ahead, after picking up a total of 3,152 votes. We started this way back in the middle of July, and it has been a long road until now, Johnson said. A lot of things have happened. But it has been all positive stuff. Im very happy to engage in the real race.
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