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Battleground Ohio: General Assembly House District 3

House District 3 of the Ohio General Assembly makes up the entirety of Wood County Ohio. Wood County is just south of Toledo in northwestern Ohio. The largest population center in the county is Bowling Green, home of the Bowling Green State University. That fact plays an important role in the nature of electoral politics in this district.

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Battleground Ohio - General Assembly House District 2

District 2 in the Ohio House comprises all of Richland County. Richland County is a largely rural county in Northern Ohio between Columbus and Cleveland on the lake. The largest population center in the County is Mansfield. I know for my family on drives up to Cleveland or other parts of Northeastern Ohio the Mansfield exits provided a must needed rest point.

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Battleground Ohio - General Assembly House District 1

District 1 in the Ohio House comprises all of Wayne County. Wayne County is a largely rural county in North East Ohio just south of the Cleveland Metro Area. The largest population center in the County is Wooster. The headquarters of Smuckers is also in this county in Orrville Ohio. This seat is held by Republican Scott Wiggam who first won the seat last year. This seat was not challenged by a Democrat over the last two cycles, although an Independent-Republican, Stephen Spoonamore, challenged last year. He is noted for his work on cyber-security and is a principle critic of Diebold and election security in general.

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Battleground Ohio - The Ohio General Assembly - parting a sea of red.

The Virginia elections are fast approaching a point where the cake is baked. It is time to begin broadening my focus to other parts of the country in preparation for next year’s elections. As I have just moved back to Ohio and Ohio is a critical battleground state, in every election, I have decided to begin to do profiles on the state legislative districts up for election in 2018.

As you can see by the maps in the header photo of this post, the state legislative outlook here is fairly grim for Democrats. Gerrymandering plays a huge role in this. I want to acknowledge that up front. That said, this is the map we have, and this is the battlefield we must win on to at least make Ohio bluer if not turn each of these chambers blue.