Republican Lang strengthens lead over Democrat Wyenandt in 4th Senate District race

Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp. and candidate Kathy Wyenandt, of Liberty Twp.
Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp. and candidate Kathy Wyenandt, of Liberty Twp.

HAMILTON — Ohio Rep. George Lang leads Democrat Kathy Wyenandt for the 4th Ohio Senate District seat with only late-arriving mail-in ballots and provisional votes to count, according to unofficial election results.

Lang has 61.2 percent of the vote while Wyenandt has 38.8 percent, and write-in candidate Kent Keller, of Middletown, has less than 0.1 percent, according to unofficial results

Wyenandt, of Liberty Twp., Lang, R-West Chester Twp., and Keller, a Republican from Middletown, competed for a four-year term starting in January representing the 4th Ohio Senate District, which incorporates most of Butler County and pays $63,007 a year, plus 52 cents per mile.

Ohio Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp., the incumbent senator is term-limited.

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Wyenandt was trying for a second time to beat Lang for a seat in Columbus. Lang beat Wyenandt for an Ohio House seat two years ago, but the Liberty Twp. resident hoped to be the first Democrat since 1970 to be elected to a General Assembly seat, and the first Democrat to be elected as 4th District senator since it was formed in 1967.

Middletown’s David Armbruster won election in 1970 to the then-39th House District. He only served one term.

Butler County plans to certify the Nov. 3 general election on Nov. 18.

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