U.S. House: Central Ohioans re-elect Wenstrup, Beatty, Jordan, Balderson

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Four central Ohioans are projected to win re-election to Congress, according to early unofficial results.

As ballots continue to be counted, three Republicans — Brad Wenstrup, of the 2nd Congressional District, Jim Jordan, of the 4th Congressional District, and Troy Balderson, of the 12th Congressional District — along with Democrat Joyce Beatty of Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District have been projected to win re-election to Capitol Hill, according to the Associated Press.

What’s my district?

Five of the Buckeye State’s 15 newly drawn U.S. House districts are in central Ohio, where four Republican and one Democratic incumbents look to return to Capitol Hill.

The interactive map below shows which district you would live in and its partisan lean. Use the + or buttons or your fingers to zoom in and out.

District 2

Republican Brad Wenstrup has been re-elected to Ohio’s 2nd U.S. House District for a sixth term, defeating Democratic candidate Samantha Meadows, according to projections from the Associated Press.

Wenstrup, 64, was first elected to the post in 2012 after operating a private podiatry practice in Cincinnati. A member of the U.S. Army Reserves, Wenstrup supports lowering taxes and lighter restrictions on businesses, according to his campaign website. He opposes abortion, limitations on the Second Amendment and is a member of the National Rifle Association.

District 3

Central Ohioans have re-elected Democrat Joyce Beatty to serve a sixth term representing the state’s 3rd U.S. House District, ousting Republican candidate Lee Stahley, according to projections from the Associated Press.

Beatty, 72, has represented Ohio’s 3rd House District since 2012. Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Columbus resident has prioritized reducing the cost of higher education, eliminating barriers that prevent Ohioans from voting, and addressing women’s and LGBTQ+ equality, according to her website.

District 4

Incumbent Republican Jim Jordan is the winner in Ohio’s 4th U.S. House District race, defeating Democratic challenger Tamie Wilson, according to projections from the Associated Press.

Jordan, 58, was first elected to Congress in 2006. The Urbana native, who will begin his eight congressional term in January, touts his support for reducing federal spending and opposition to abortion on his website. One of the 147 federal lawmakers to raise objections to certifying Electoral College results that named President Biden as victor, Jordan was deemed an election denier by FiveThirtyEight.

District 12

Republican Troy Balderson was re-elected to his third term on Capitol Hill, edging out his Democratic opponent Amy Rippel-Elton, according to projections from the Associated Press.

Balderson, 60, was first elected to represent Ohio’s 12th U.S. House District in 2018. A Zanesville native, Balderson advanced to Capitol Hill after serving in the Ohio House and Senate. He called for greater investments in career training programs, cuts on tax hikes and regulations, and increased funding for police on his website.

District 15

A newcomer to Congress, incumbent Republican Mike Carey, 51, was first elected to serve Ohio’s 15th U.S. House District in 2021. A self-described pro-Trump outsider, Carey, of Columbus, perviously worked as an energy lobbyist and currently serves as board chairman of the Ohio Coal Association. He called for cutting taxes, demanding fair trade deals, investing in law enforcement and prohibiting abortion, according to his campaign website.

Democrat Gary Josephson, 74, is a self-described youth advocate and local activist who received the Progressive Democrats of America’s endorsement. Formerly a union president of Columbus chapters of the Communications Workers of America, Johnson prioritized a woman’s right to an abortion, protecting the environment and restoring democracy on his website.

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