State senate race heats up in Trumbull County

Capri Cafaro cannot run in the race, which includes Trumbull and Ashtabula counties, as well as portions of Geauga County, because of term limits

warren, ohio senate race heating up

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – For the first time in almost a decade, voters in Ohio’s 32nd senate district won’t be seeing Capri Cafaro’s name on the ballot.

Facing term limits, Cafaro is taking a break from politics.

Two Democrats and one Republican are running for the open seat.

The district includes Trumbull and Ashtabula counties, as well as portions of Geauga County.

On the Democratic ticket are longtime politician Sean O’Brien and first-time candidate Kristen Rock.

Rock said she thinks it will be beneficial to the area to have an outsider in the Statehouse.

“It’s important to address our schools, the heroin addiction, and of course, these horrible injection wells we have here in northeast Ohio, but I think the cornerstone for prosperity in northeast Ohio is quality jobs,” she said.

O’Brien said he would like to continue the economic work he started as a representative in the Senate.

“We’re working on that with the Air Force Base, with blight removal, with the landbanking. That’s pretty exciting, and a lot are concerned about that. The injection wells, that’s been a hot topic,” he said.

The winner of the Democratic primary on Tuesday goes on to face Republican Rob Allen, who is running unopposed, in November.

Allen said there have been too many “career politicians” who count on name recognition to get into office.

“Then they get there, and they don’t really do anything for us,” he said.

He said having a candidate in the majority party would be good for the area.

“No one cares about northeast Ohio, and I’ve heard that from people in Columbus. If northeast Ohio fell off the map, no one would notice,” he said.

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