Eklund defeats Mueller in District 18 contest

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By Diane Smith | staff writer John Eklund, who was appointed as state senator in the 18th Ohio District, won election to the post on Tuesday. The newly redrawn district, which takes effect Jan. 1, comprises all of Portage County, as well as most of Geauga County and half of Lake County. Eklund, a Republican from Chardon, was trailing by a narrow margin in Portage County, but easily won election in his native Geauga county and Lake County. He received a total of 88,282 votes, compared to 72,404 votes for his opponent, Jim Mueller of Russell Township in Geauga County. , according to complete but unofficial results from the Portage, Lake and Geauga boards of election. Eklund, a lawyer running in his first election, was appointed as senator for the district in 2011 to succeed Timothy Grendell. He said he wants to address "a lot of things in order to do what we have to do to make Ohio the best place to live, work and raise a family." He said he hopes to coordinate the educational system and employers in order to train youth for the jobs available in Ohio. He also hopes to empower local governments and social service agencies to provide services in an efficient manner. Mueller is a chemical engineer and former Ohio state representative. Eklund said he wanted to thank Mueller for running "a very sharp campaign." Email: dsmith@recordpub.com Phone: 330-298-1139

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