Adams County Commissioner Brian Baldridge has been elected to serve as the next state representative of the 90th House District.
Baldridge was in the Scioto County Courthouse Tuesday night shaking hands with supporters, saying he just received the call from his opponent, local attorney Adrienne Buckler, who conceded the election.
“It’s been a wonderful year,” Baldridge said. He said the key to winning the district, which includes all of Scioto and Adams counties, as well as a piece of Lawrence County, was getting out and talking to the people. He said he knocked on over 10,000 doors during the campaign and drove thousands of miles. “We were out there explaining who we were.”
Baldridge said he plans to take his three part campaign and make it a reality in Columbus. Education, economic development and dealing with the drug crisis are his main priorities. “We will be working hard,” he said.
As for education, Baldridge said what works in Cuyahoga County may not necessarily work in southern Ohio and vice versa. He said the state needs to take a look at local control when it comes to education and face the challenges of funding in education.
“We’re excited to go to Columbus and work for the 90th District,” Baldridge said.
Both candidates paid compliments to the other in their interviews after the election results were counted, saying the other ran a clean race. Buckler went on to say she wished Baldridge well in Columbus.
“I could not have been prouder of the race I’ve run,” Buckler said in an emotional statement by telephone Tuesday evening. “It has truly been an honor.”
Buckler noted she was the only candidate from Scioto County in the race and the only woman in the race. She was also much younger at 28 years of age, than her opponent. She said to expect to see more of her in the future. “This is not the end for me.” She said it might not be state representative the next time but “I will be back.”