By Dustin Ensinger
State Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl (R-Mount Vernon) moved one step closer to securing a fourth term Tuesday night.
Ruhl defeated opponent Jason Rogers in the Republican primary by a 65 percent to 35 percent margin, according to final but unofficial results from the Delaware County Board of Elections.
She will face Democrat R. Joyce Skocic in the November general election for the right to represent the 68th District in the Ohio Legislature.
“I’m humbled but yet I’m honored to think the people of the 68th District think I’m doing what they expect me to do,” she said.
Ruhl said her victory was due to her accessibility to her constituents.
“I will continue to be available to the people of the 68th District and continue to do my job as I’m elected to do,” she said.
She also thanked Rogers for running a respectful campaign based on the issues.
“My opponent was a gentlemen and I appreciate that,” she said.
Rogers echoed that sentiment.
“I’d rather lose to somebody like that than someone who campaigned negatively against me,” he said, adding that he plans to fully support Ruhl in November.
Rogers said Ruhl’s name recognition and incumbency made her tough to beat.
“It’s always hard to beat the incumbent,” he said.
Rogers, who also lost to Ruhl in 2012, plans to run again in 2016.
“I’m disappointed in the results but we’ll come back in two years and we’ll do it again,” he said.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.