Republican state Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, will retain his seat in the Ohio Senate after winning the District 24 race against Solon Democrat Tom Jackson in Tuesday’s general election.
Sen. Dolan tallied 108,876 votes and Mr. Jackson totaled 92,464 votes, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
“I’m very excited and honored to win, and I’m thankful for the voters,” Sen. Dolan said on Tuesday evening. “When you win an election the first time, it’s on potential. When you win the second time, it’s affirmation of that potential. It’s very exciting to be validated.”
He said that he will continue his focus on the economy, innovation, alternative energy, safe communities and protecting Lake Erie in his next term. He was first elected to the seat in 2016 in a race against Emily Hagan. Sen. Dolan was also a state representative from 2005 to 2009.
District 24 includes Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls Township, Chagrin Falls Village, Glenwillow, Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Solon and other communities throughout Cuyahoga County.
“I’m certainly disappointed in the results,” Mr. Jackson said Tuesday night. “I thought we ran a competitive race. We were up against a well-known and well-financed opponent and we came up a little short.”
He said that he will continue to be involved in the community by serving as chairman of the board for the Solon Chamber of Commerce starting in January. Mr. Jackson also said that he will remain active in Solon politics and Ohio politics as an organizer and an activist.
Sen. Dolan, 55, graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in history and earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is a partner at the law firm Thrasher, Dinsmore and Dolan and serves as vice president of 7th Avenue Properties, a business management consultant.
Mr. Jackson, 56, graduated from the State University of New York, Oswego with a bachelor’s degree in education. He is a risk manager for Leverity Insurance Group.
The two candidates differed on a variety of issues, but one noteworthy one was the Hunting Valley amendment. Near the end of the biennial budget cycle in July of 2019, Sen. Dolan slipped in an amendment to the bill that would have given Hunting Valley residents a property tax break between $3 million and $6 million, resulting in a funding loss for the Orange City School District.
Mr. Jackson called his move “an obscene plot.” Sen. Dolan said that he is committed to fighting for his constituents. When Hunting Valley residents raised concerns about how their tax dollars were spent, Sen. Dolan said that he worked to open the line of communication between the village and Orange City School District Superintendent Lynn Campbell.