Democrat Matt Lundy was elected to his fourth and final term to the statehouse in the newly drawn 55th District in the state House.
Lundy claimed 29,716 votes, or 63 percent, while his Republican challenger Rae Lynn Brady collected 17,735, or 37 percent, according to unofficial election results.
The campaign between the two was low-key and marked by no negative advertising or attacks on each other.
“I kept my commitment to run a positive campaign and just talked about what I was going to do, not about my opponent,” Lundy said from a gathering of county Democrats at the Lorain Knights of Columbus Hall.
Because of term limits, Lundy will complete his fourth and last two-year term at the end of 2014.
Lundy said his win also belongs to a loyal, hard-working group of campaign workers.
“It’s their victory, not just mine,” he said.
Lundy’s win Tuesday was by a much larger margin than his victory over Brady in 2010 when the two ran neck and neck, with Lundy eking out a win with 50.5 percent of the vote.
“This is a very competitive district, but I’ve always felt my voters went for the person, not the party,” Lundy said.
Brady, who owns Elyria’s popular Twist-n-Shake ice cream stand, blamed high levels of unemployment on government regulation while citing her business experience as a chief asset during her campaign.
She said everyone worked hard for her and she really expected to do a lot better.
“From talking to people it seemed like it was going a lot better,” Brady said.
Brady also cited the civil campaign run by both sides.
“When you don’t worry about bashing someone, then people know you’re going to work for them,” Brady said.
Lundy said he will continue to push for job creation and changing school funding.
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