Democratic incumbent wins by 18,000 votes over her Republican challenger.
State Rep. Nickie Antonio will keep her seat in the Ohio House of Representatives after she was re-elected to her second term on Tuesday. Antonio, a Democrat, beat her Republican challenger John Zappala by nearly 18,000 votes in the race for the Ohio House District 13 seat. At the end of the day, she took 26,436 votes compared to Zappala’s 8,572, according to final but unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. After making several stops at polling places on Tuesday afternoon, Antonio made a couple of appearances at Election Day parties in Cuyahoga County to watch the election results roll in. “I am a humbled and very happy be re-elected and looking forward to another two years of serving the district,” she said late …
Two candidates ran unopposed in the primary: Antonio brings in 6,670 votes; while her Republican challenger, Matthew Deibel gets 1,851 votes.
In the race for the 13th Ohio House District, Democratic State Rep. Nickie Antonio will have company in November's general election. Political newcomer Matthew Deibel, a Republican from Lakewood, is her lone Republican challenger. While the contests really didn't matter too much, Antonio brought in 6,670 votes on the Democratic ticket, while Deibel 1,851 votes during Tuesday’s primary, according to unofficial election results. They will square off at the ballot box in November. Antonio, who previously served on Lakewood City Council, sponsored or co-sponsored about a dozen bills during her first term in the Ohio House. Deibel, who has not returned calls seeking comment, has not sought local office before.