MIAMI VALLEY — Republican candidate Stephen A. Huffman, of Tipp City, has been elected to represent the 5th District in Ohio’s State Senate, beating out Democratic candidate Paul Bradley, of Dayton.
The Ohio State Senate’s 5th District comprises Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, as well as parts of Montgomery County. Huffman will replace term-limited State Sen. Bill Beagle, of Tipp City.
Participating precincts reported that Huffman received 53.29 percent of the vote against Bradley — Huffman received 61,453 votes and Bradley received 53,870, according to unofficial results.
Huffman is currently serving his second two-year term in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 80th District, which is composed of Miami County and parts of Darke County.
Before serving in the Ohio House, Huffman served as the Miami County Coroner and an emergency physician under the board of directors at Premier Health Care Services.
Huffman stated that his priorities upon taking his seat in the State Senate will involve pursuits to strengthen health care throughout the state of Ohio.
“I look forward to working with Gov. Elect Dewine concerning the opioid epidemic, and see what we can try to do to improve that situation throughout Ohio,” Huffman said. “The defeat of Issue 1 was a big event yesterday concerning the state’s opiate policy. I think the citizens of Ohio got it right, but we have to continue to look at prevention and treatment with a priority in the next budget to continue solving that problem.”
Huffman is also a proponent of amending Ohio’s education policy.
“On education, we need to get the funding formila correct for all the schools in the state, so that they can get the money they need to provide a good workforce for all the state’s employers for years to come.”
Huffman acknowledged the Ohio Senate caucus, “for the hard work that was done on my behalf.”
“People all throughout Ohio’s 5th District have greatly received my message, and it’s been a great campaign,” Huffman said. “I appreciate everyone’s support, and I will work to represent the entire district in the State Senate, just as I did during my last four years in the House.”