Tiberi pulls away in 12th District race
For The Sunbury News
With most of the precincts reporting, incumbent Pat Tiberi was far outdistancing his opponent Tuesday night in the race for Ohio’s 12th U.S. Congressional District.
Tiberi was taking 70 percent of the votes in Delaware County, 65 percent Licking County and 57 percent in Franklin County. The district also includes Morrow and parts of Marion, Muskingum and Richland counties.
“I appreciate the overwhelming support I received from voters today and I look forward to serving the new 12th district with the same enthusiasm that I always have,” said Tiberi, a Republican who lives in Genoa Township. The 12th District was created this year in a redistricting.
As of late Tuesday, it looked like Washington in 2013 will be unchanged from 2012, Tiberi said, with a Republican majority in the House, a Democratic majority in the Senate and Barack Obama in the White House.
This will present challenges, Tiberi said, particularly regarding the looming “fiscal cliff,” when tax cuts and spending cuts are expected to coincide.
The current political landscape is “quite frustrating, I’m not sure what’s going to happen. One thing we haven’t had is presidential leadership. … The voters will be frustrated with gridlock. Something has to be done.”
During the campaign, he said, “It’s been a pleasure over these last months to spend time in the new 12th congressional district. Whether talking to factory workers in Mansfield, farmers in Mount Gilead or small business owners in Zanesville, I’ve heard many of the same concerns repeated. People in central Ohio want Washington to get serious about job creation and deficit reduction,” he said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to return to Washington and get back to work on the critical issues we face as a nation. I will continue to fight to reform our tax code, reduce burdensome regulations, cut spending and decrease our deficits; all of which will put us on the road to a stronger economy.”
Tiberi defeated Democrat Jim Reese, a New Albany lawyer.