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Ryan advances to general election with Republican write-in

by Bob Gaetjens | Gateway News Editor Published: May 8, 2014 3:49 PM

Congressman Tim Ryan has survived a primary challenge from John Luchansky of Youngstown in the Democratic primary election May 6.

According to final, but unofficial results from https://vote.ohio.gov/home.aspx, a website administrated by the Ohio Secretary of State's office, Ryan received 45,159 votes or about 85 percent of votes cast and Luchansky received 7,957 votes or about 15 percent of votes cast.

Ryan, 41, has served in Congress since 2003, first in the 17th District before it was eliminated by redistricting after the 2010 census, and in the 13th District since January 2013.

Ryan said he's seeking re-election to build on his accomplishments during the past 12 years such as the Kent Central Gateway Project, being an advocate for university research and development funds, seeking public investments in infrastructure, boosting manufacturing resurgence and reforming agricultural policies and nutritional education to help people become healthier and keep healthcare costs down.

Ryan will likely face Thomas Pekarek of Cleveland, who was seeking the Republican nomination as a write-in candidate.

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According to a Mahoning County Board of Elections official, Pekarek had to garner at least 50 votes to appear on the November ballot, and, according to final, but unofficial results posted at the Ohio Secretary of State's site, he received 278 votes.

"I am grateful that the Democratic voters in Ohio's 13th Congressional District have trusted me to once again represent them and their values in this year's election," Ryan stated in a news release. "It is my great honor and privilege to serve the people of Northeast Ohio in our nation's Capitol and I am proud to have the chance to continue to fight on behalf of the men, women and families in my District. I strongly believe that the future of our nation's economic competitiveness runs through Northeast Ohio. We have made tremendous progress towards building this new economy, whether it is Akron's Austen BioInnovation Institute, Kent's Central Gateway, Warren's Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center or Youngstown's America Makes. But the job is not finished and we have work left to be done."

Luchansky declined to comment but has said he would have pushed to launch a Congressional probe into the shooting of Doug Jones Jr.

"[Jones] was shot to death by a Poland Village police officer on June 6, 1996," stated Luchansky. "The case never went to the grand jury, and I believe that the young man was murdered and that this shooting was covered up, so that's my primary interest in running for Congress."

The 13th District includes Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, the Youngstown area and eastern Summit County, including Tallmadge.

Editor's note: Record-Courier Staff Writer Kyle McDonald contributed to this article.

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