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Incumbent Jeff LaRe defeats Mike Tussey in the 73rd Ohio House Republican primary

LANCASTER − Incumbent Ohio House 73rd District Rep. Jeff LaReR-Violet Township defeated former Baltimore Police Chief Mike Tussey on Tuesday to advance to the November general election.

LaRe had 6,001 (55.17%) votes to Tussey’s 4,876 (44.83%).

Jeff LaRue and Mike Tussey

Jeff LaRue and Mike Tussey

Michael Scarmack ran for the Democratic ballot. He will carry over to the November general election, having received at least 50 write-in votes to face LaRe. Scarmack received 211 write-in votes.

LaRe, 48, lives in Violet Township and is a security contractor. He was a deputy sheriff in Fairfield County in the 1990s. LaRe was appointed to his current position in 2019.

“I am grateful to have the trust and support of the voters of Fairfield County,” he said. “And that we would not be misled by out-of-state interests in an attempt to buy our elections.”

LaRe said he is a true conservative with a proven track record of cutting taxes or protecting communities.

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“The bottom line is facts are facts,” he said. “And whether people are spreading false information in the community, my record is public.”

Tussey, a 66-year-old Baltimore resident, was a police officer for 46 years before retiring on January 22. He served on the Republican Party’s Fairfield County Central Committee for about twelve years, losing to current Fairfield County Sheriff Alex. Lape in the April 2020 sheriff’s primary race.

Tussey had a conservative agenda that was pro-Second Amendment and anti-abortion, among other conservative principles.

Tussey said his campaign had a good, tough race and he is proud of the way the campaign has developed.

“The reason we have an election is because the voters will make a decision,” he said. “They have done that and certainly accept the outcome and the decision of the voters.”

Tussey said he didn’t know why voters chose LaRe over him.

“My thought is that a lot of people deal with fame,” he said. “When a lot of people walk into a polling place, they’re really looking for a name that they’ve heard. And even though they may not know anything about that name, they’re still pulling the lever for that person.”

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Tussey said he knew it would be difficult to defeat a sitting president, but he wanted to send a message and said he did.

“You look at the number of votes cast and it’s clear we’ve struck a chord with a lot of people,” he said. “I’m disappointed that we can’t get some things done, but I fully respect our election process and we’ll just move on from here.”

End Abortion Ohio President Austin Beigel was originally present for the Republican vote. But he dropped out and supported Tussey.

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This article originally appeared in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette: Incumbent Jeff LaRe defeats Mike Tussey in House 73rd Republican primary

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