NEW PHILADELPHIA — Brett Hillyer is now looking forward to the November general election after officially being declared the winner on June 6 in the Republican contest for the nomination for the 98th Ohio House of Representatives District.
"I'm very thankful the voters showed me their support," he said. "It was a tough primary. The voters showed me their support, and I won't let them down."
Hillyer, Uhrichsville's law director, said he has already begun his general election campaign, appearing in the parade at the Canal Dover Festival on Memorial Day weekend.
On Wednesday, the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections approved the results of a recount of the votes cast in the Republican primary for the 98th District.
When the board certified the results in May, Hillyer had a 12-vote lead over Shane Gunnoe, Dover city council president. Because Hillyer's margin of victory over Gunnoe was less than one half of 1 percent of the total votes cast in the race, a recount was required by law.
Sarah Kneuss, deputy director of the board of elections, said the results did not change after the recount. Hillyer maintained his 12-vote lead and was declared the winner.
Workers for the board of elections completed rescanning all of the ballots cast in the race shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday after beginning the process on Monday morning.
The 98th District includes all of Tuscarawas County and a portion of Holmes County.
In November, Hillyer will face Democrat Jeremiah Johnson of Sugarcreek. They are seeking to replace state Rep. Al Landis, R-Dover, who is ineligible to run again because of term limits.