Republican voters in the 53rd Ohio House District wanted to see Candice Keller represent them in Columbus for the next two years.
Keller, the executive director of the Community Pregnancy Center, received 58.9 percent of the vote while Joe Mulligan, a former Middletown City Council member, earned 41.1 percent, according to final, unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections.
The 53rd Ohio House District represents the northern and western parts of Butler County. The communities in the district include Oxford, Hanover Twp., Seven Mile, New Miami, Trenton, Monroe and parts of Middletown.
Keller will face off against Monroe Vice Mayor Suzi Rubin in November’s general election for the seat currently held by Rep. Tim Derickson, R-Hanover Twp., who can’t seek re-election due to term limits.
Rubin was unopposed in the Democratic Party’s primary election Tuesday.
Keller said she looks forward to the race with Rubin.
“What worked for me this time will work for me next time,” Keller said. “The same technique and the same process. I’m confident the people, the voters will speak. I always trust the voters.”
Keller was honored for winning the primary race, and “honored by the confidence voters had in me.”
Despite not being the endorsed Butler County GOP candidate — and called out by party officials for going against an apparent promise to not run if not endorsed — she said the campaign was “always about representing the people of the district.”
Butler County GOP Chairman Todd Hall said he looks forward to helping Keller win in November.