When the final votes were cast for the primary election on Tuesday Kevin W. Johnson and David Malone received the most votes for the Democratic Nomination.
The two will move on to the general election in November and will face incumbents Doug Coleman and Mike Crabtree.
Malone said he was both humbled and thankful for the votes he received during the primary.
“This means we still have some work to do, we want to do all that we can to secure the seat. I’m going to go into every township, every community and talk with as many people as we can. We have a long way to go (before the general election),” Malone said.
Malone said he’s looking forward to getting the campaign started again, with eyes towards the general election.
Malone is the former Mayor and City Councilman in the city of Portsmouth.
The primary results have Malone defeating his opponent Ryan Ottney. Malone received 3,226 votes and Ottney received 2,544 votes.
Johnson echoed Malone’s comments in saying he’s thankful and humbled by the votes he received during the primary election.
“I’m honored (by the votes he received),” Johnson said.
Johnson said he will be restarting his campaign, with eyes towards the November general election.
“I’ll be reaching out to a lot of people, in the coming months to lay the ground work for what needs to be done for the campaign,” Johnson said. “I want to take it (campaign) in a progressive, meaningful way. When I say meaningful, I mean communicating what I want to do.”
Johnson currently serves as the First Ward Representative on Portsmouth City Council.
The primary results have Johnson defeating his opponent Thomas Jefferson Davis. Johnson received 2,982 votes and Davis received 2,694 votes.
For more information on the local primary election visit www.electionsonthe.net/oh/scioto/
The Ohio General Election will be held Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
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