Incumbent Congressional Rep. David P. Joyce (R, U.S. Ohio-14) will move on to November’s general election after defeating Republican challenger Matthew Lynch (R, Ohio House-76) in the May 6 primary election.
Joyce, of Russell Township, won the GOP primary with 55.05 percent (26,903 votes) of the vote at press time, with challenger Matt Lynch taking 44.95 percent (21,968 votes) of the vote at press time, according to unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.
Both Cuyahoga and Portage counties were at 90 percent of the vote counted, while all other counties were at 100 percent of the vote counted at press time.
Joyce received 3,496 votes in Summit County compared to Lynch’s 2,919, according to final but unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.
Joyce was first elected to Congress in 2012 and campaigned on a platform of restoring job growth to Ohio and de-funding the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Joyce was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Joyce also has a local office in Twinsburg’s Government Center.
“Now is the time for the party to unite, because the general election will provide a clear contrast,” Joyce said in an email May 6. “I want to spend less of hardworking taxpayers money. I want to help job creators. I want to put Americans in control of their own future and I want to balance our budget.
“The other side wants to spend more,” Joyce added. “They want to punish job creators. They want more government takeovers and bailouts. And they never want to try and balance the budget. I look forward to having the debate between these two contrasting views about the best way to re-establish America’s economic independence.”
Joyce took five of the seven counties with District 14 territory (Ashtabula, Summit, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties) compared to Lynch’s victories in two counties (Portage and Trumbull counties).
Joyce will face Democrat Michael Wager and Libertarian David Macko in the Nov. 4 general election, both of whom were unopposed in their primaries.
Lynch, an attorney from Bainbridge Township, is also a sitting statehouse official, representing Ohio’s 76th State Congressional District in the Ohio House of Representatives.
He campaigned during the primary on a platform of “Faith, Family, Freedom” and championed conservative values and fiscal responsibility. He also supported measures to crack down on illegal immigration.
Lynch did not return multiple phone calls seeking comment Tuesday night.
In addition to Twinsburg, the village of Reminderville and Twinsburg Township, Ohio’s District 14 contains other portions of northeastern Summit County, all of Ashtabula, Lake, and Geauga counties, eastern Cuyahoga County, northern Trumbull County and northern Portage County.
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