Democrat Joe Miller will now represent the 56th Ohio Statehouse District, according to unofficial election results.
Miller defeated Republican Ron Weber by a vote of 24,780, or 63 percent, to 14,781, or 37 percent. Miller will replace Democrat Dan Ramos, who was term limited.
“I appreciate the fact that I had a lot of family, a lot of friends come out and realize that I would go out and work and represent them well,” he said.
Miller, an Amherst at-large councilman and social studies teacher at Firelands High School, ran on his previous leadership experience and the ability to work in the minority party on City Council. He will finish out the semester at Firelands High School before taking his position in Columbus. His platform included issues concerning state takeover of public education, collective bargaining, heath care and the environment.
Though disappointed that more of his party didn’t take seats in the Statehouse, Miller said he will continue to reach across the aisle to solve problems for his constituents.
“I think that one of the biggest things that we try to do, whether you’re in the majority or the minority is try to solve problems for the people we represent,” he said.
He said as part of the minority party, he may have to double-down on advocating against policies that could hurt his constituents.
``When you don’t have the majority party, it’s hard to set an agenda,” he said. “The state of Ohio has given us a mandate that they’re happy with the status quo or at least we couldn’t get enough people to break the gerrymandered districts to make that point that we’re not happy.”
Weber did not return calls seeking comment Tuesday night.