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Jim Jordan, Janet Garrett to vie for 4th District U.S. House seat

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    Janet Garrett, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House 4th district seat, left, talks with Laurel Price Jones and Tom Van Nortwick, of Oberlin, at at League of Women Voters and Rise Up Lorain watch party at The Corner Joint in Oberlin May 8.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan will face Democrat Janet Garrett on Nov. 6 after both emerged victorious in their respective primaries Tuesday.

In the race for the 4th Congressional District seat, Jordan defeated Joseph Miller in the Republican primary.

Unofficial results from across the district show Jordan receiving 55,299 votes of the 64,782 votes cast, or 85 percent, while Miller received 9,483 votes, 15 percent.

In the Democratic primary, Garrett defeated Cody James Slatzer-Rose. Districtwide, she received 17,400 votes of the 20,769 votes, or 84 percent, while Slatzer-Rose received 3,369 votes, or 16 percent.

In Lorain County, Jordan received 3,387 of the 5,160 votes, or 74 percent, while Miller received 1,323 votes, or 26 percent. Garrett received 5,481 of the 6,369 votes, or 86 percent, while Slatzer-Rose received 888 votes, or 14 percent.

Jordan, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, has held the seat since 2007.

Neither Jordan nor Miller could be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Garrett is familiar with a Democratic primary victory — it is her third time winning for the Congressional seat bid.

“I’m really happy to be able to be a standard bearer for the Democratic Party,” Garrett said. “But having said that, I do want to say that I do have some problems with the Democratic Party. I think there has been too much emphasis on the party elites and money connections and too little support for average citizens. I am out here doing this because I want to represent the rights of average citizens.”

Slatzer-Rose said he will support Garrett and help her any way he can.

“The biggest thing is just trying to get Jim out of there,” Slatzer-Rose said. “… Janet seems like a great lady and as far as her stances and stuff, we agree on a lot of things.”

He said he did not get to campaign as much as he would have liked as it was his first time and he was running everything himself. But he does plan to run again, either for the 4th District or the state legislature.

Garrett said “everything” is different with her campaign this year compared with her other two bids.

“The first time I ran, I jumped in late … I was still teaching, it was more or less a protest,” Garrett said. “During the second campaign, I thought we had a chance because we had a strong woman at the top of the ticket and politics is all about timing and trends. This time, I for the first time have a professional campaign and secondly the dynamics in the country are completely different.”

Between now and November, she said, she plans to knock on doors and leverage grass-roots movements, as well as look at the commonalities Democrats and Republicans have to move forward together.

“I plan on knocking (on) 10,000 doors,” Garrett said. “… I’ll try to connect with as many groups as I can, and when I say groups I mean Democrats and Republicans … I believe that there is more that unites us than divides us, and I’m extremely concerned about the deep divide that’s going on in the country.”

Contact Carissa Woytach at 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.


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