Election 2020: In this suburban Hamilton County race, it doesn’t pay to be extreme

Election 2020: In this suburban Hamilton County race, it doesn't pay to be extreme

COLUMBUS – The 2020 presidential race will be fought in America’s suburbs, but a highly competitive race is nothing new to the residents of Ohio’s 28th House district in northern Hamilton County. Ideologues and extremists don’t win here. The district is too evenly divided between Democrats, who comprise 17.4% of registered voters, and Republicans, who comprise 13.7%. (Another 68.8% aren’t registered with any party.) Since 2001, three Democrats and three Republicans have represented the district. Rep. Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, won the seat in 2018 by 56 votes over GOP Rep. Jonathan Dever. Now Miranda, a former Winton Woods City School Board president and CEO of Fiesta Auto Insurance and Tax Service, faces Republican Chris Monzel, a General Electric engineer with years of experience in Cincinnati and Hamilton County politics. As Hamilton County turns bluer , Miranda could have the edge in this perennially heated race. Whoever wins the presidential race in suburban Hamilton County will almost certainly carry his party’s candidate to victory in the 28th district. "Trump is really underwater here in the suburbs," Miranda told The Enquirer. "He is very polarizing to the people of the great 28(th district), but the message of change that is coming from the Biden-Harris ticket is a message that I think people are here for and are ready to see." Perhaps no one understands the shifting politics of Hamilton County better than Monzel, who lost his seat on Hamilton County Commission to Democrat Stephanie Summerow Dumas in 2018 despite running […]

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