Republican incumbent Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge, will remain in the U.S. Congressional 14th District seat, pulling in 233,828 (60.06 percent) votes against Democratic challenger Hillary O’Connor Mueri of Painesville, who received 155,515 (39.94) votes, according to Ohio Secretary of State’s unofficial results.
The 14th Congressional District includes precincts in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties, all in which Rep. Joyce won the majority of votes. Results will not be official until the Secretary of State certifies votes no later than Nov. 28. Absentee ballots that are postmarked by Nov. 2 will be accepted until Nov. 13.
Rep. Joyce did not return requests for comment from the Times as of Wednesday morning, but Tweeted from his @DaveJoyceOH14 Twitter handle Tuesday night announcing his success.
“We did it! I am deeply honored to once again have earned the trust of voters here in Ohio’s 14th [District],” he wrote. “I look forward to returning to Washington to do what I’ve always done: put people before party and solutions over politics.”
The West Geauga High School graduate earned his B.A. in accounting and law degree from the University of Dayton. He has served as public defender in Cuyahoga and Geauga counties, prosecutor for Geauga and has served as U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District since 2013. He currently serves on the House Committee on Appropriations on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment.
Rep. Joyce had pledged in a previous interview to continue bipartisan cooperation in Congress to strengthen communities in the state.
Navy veteran Ms. O’Connor Mueri did not respond to requests for comment before deadline Wednesday, but was expected to release a statement later in the day.
Ms. O’Connor Mueri is a graduate of the Ohio State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in aviation engineering. She earned her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and most recently practiced aviation product liability with Weiser Pardo AG in Switzerland and represented battered women.
Ms. O’Connor Mueri had said in a previous interview with the Times that she ran as an advocate for the community with priorities on access to healthcare and better job opportunities.
Dubbed the “Great Lakes Guy,” Rep. Joyce has called himself the protector of the Great Lakes with restoration initiatives for the water resources and is a combatant against the opioid crisis in the state of Ohio, according to his campaign website. In earlier interviews with the Times, Rep. Joyce said his priorities for reelection focused on protecting Ohio jobs by reducing independence on foreign countries in addition to supporting healthcare workers and small businesses.