DARKE COUNTY – Voters in the 80th and 84th Ohio House Districts, which serve Darke County, have elected two Republican women to represent them in Columbus.
Susan Manchester of Waynesfield was chosen over her Democrat opponent Joseph Monbeck of Wapakoneta to serve the 84th District, earning 82.49 percent of the vote – 38,401 to 8,149.
The 84th District serves the northern portion of Darke County, all of Mercer County and portions of Auglaize and Shelby counties.
Manchester will fill the seat being vacated by Keith Faber of Celina, who was elected Tuesday as Ohio’s state auditor.
“I have just been overwhelmed by the support of the 84th District,” Manchester said Tuesday evening. “It’s been an awesome journey. I’m really excited to get to work. Now the real work begins.”
As for being part of an election in what some are calling the “year of the woman,” Manchester said “I think that’s awesome. I know a lot of women have stepped up this cycle and I’m excited to be one of them.”
Manchester said she believes the first order of business in the legislature is to “figure out our state budget, protect taxpayer dollars and invest wisely.”
She’s also confident legislators will find a way to move forward and find healthcare solutions that are financially viable for Ohioans.
Arcanum native Jena Powell will fill the 80th District seat, which is being vacated by Stephen Huffman of Troy, who won the Ohio Senate 5th District race on Tuesday.
Powell beat out Democrat opponent D.J. Brynes of Piqua, garnering 75.52 percent of the votes – 31.411 to 10,183.
Ohio District 80 includes the southern portion of Darke County and all of Miami County.
“It’s been quite a night for our team,” Powell said. “I’m very excited and honored to be the next state representative for our district. The people want to be represented and I’m honored to.”
Powell said her goals in office will be to “fight for lower taxes, stronger families and stronger communities as a whole.”
Powell said she also will continue her campaign promise to fight for life from conception to death, Second Amendment rights, cut taxes and reduce regulations.”
Powell also believes the state’s budget is “obviously a big thing and at the end of the day, I’ll work to give more power to the districts and the communities.”
As for being the first woman to represent the 80th District, Powell said “since day one, I never ran because I was a woman. I ran for the ideals our community stands for, regardless of gender. I’m not ignoring the fact I am a woman, I am, but I represent everyone in this district. I ran because I have ideas.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Jena Powell, left, and Susan Manchester will serve Darke County as new representatives for Ohio’s 80th and 84th House Districts.