Another Manning could head to the Ohio Senate.
State Rep. Nathan Manning won the Republican primary Tuesday in his run for Ohio’s 13th State Senate District seat, which includes Huron and Lorain counties.
He will face Democrat Sharon Sweda in November. If he wins, he would replace his mother, state Sen. Gayle Manning, who is term-limited in the state Senate and is running for the state House seat her son now holds.
According to the unofficial election results, the younger Manning won with 75 percent of the vote, taking both counties by large margins. He faced challenger Ryan Sawyer of Norwalk, who is a retired firefighter-turned-small businessman.
In Lorain County, Manning won with 11,275 votes to 3.530 votes for Sawyer, or 76 percent to 24 percent.
In Huron County, Manning won with 2,406 votes to 3,511 votes for Sawyer, or 69 percent to 31 percent.
The unofficial vote totals for both counties is Manning with 13,681 votes to 4,635 votes for Sawyer, or 75 percent to 25 percent.
“I am grateful and honored for the support from the people of Huron and Lorain counties,” Manning said. “I sincerely appreciate the hard work and dedication of Ryan Sawyer over the past few months. I am ready to continue working hard in the coming months and to engage with as many people from the district as possible.”
Sawyer said he thinks he did well his inaugural time out as an unknown candidate in Lorain County. But he said he will not fade away from politics.
“People need to know we are not done. I have another four years, so the campaign starts (today),” he said.
In the meantime, Sawyer said will support Manning in November when he faces Sweda.
“We will work with him and support him in the remainder of the race,” he said. “We will be the whisper in his ear.”
Manning is serving his second term on the state House of Representatives, where he is chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee and serves as policy chair for the majority caucus.
It is a position he said he is humbled to serve in and he hopes he gets to continue his work as a state senator.
Manning is a lifelong resident of Lorain County and a graduate of North Ridgeville High School. He has a bachelor’s degree from Denison University and a law degree from Capital University Law School. He previously served as a prosecutor for North Ridgeville and owns the Manning and Manning law firm in North Ridgeville.
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