Pictured are 91st District State Representative Shane Wilkin, left, and Democratic opponent Scott Dailey.
Pictured are 91st District State Representative Shane Wilkin, left, and Democratic opponent Scott Dailey.
Incumbent State Rep. Shane Wilkin has unofficially been re-elected to the 91st District seat, and recent judicial appointee Kristy Wilkin has unofficially been elected to fill the unexpired term on the Fourth District Court of Appeals.

In Highland County, Rep. Wilkin, a Republican, has received an unofficial 14,963 votes, while Democratic challenger Scott M. Dailey has received 3,638 votes, unofficially.

For other counties, Rep. Wilkin unofficially won with 76.72 percent of the vote (40,139 unofficial votes), including the following unofficial totals in other counties: Clinton County, 15,083; Pike County, 7,902; and Ross County, 2,191. In those counties, Dailey has received the following unofficial vote totals: Clinton County, 4,216; Pike County, 3,545; and Ross County, 783. (These totals are courtesy of the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.)

According to his official House biography, “State Representative Shane Wilkin is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being appointed during the 132nd General Assembly.”

“Rep. Wilkin served as a Highland County commissioner for three terms and is chairman of the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission.

“He is a small business owner involved with real estate development, in addition to being a licensed real estate agent, and was a past president of the Highland County Board of Realtors.”

Dailey has been a self-employed contractor and member of the Plumbers/Pipefitters Local Union 577 in Portsmouth. He has served on the Waverly Village Council.

He is a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 757, the Waverly Moose Lodge 2263, where he was a former District 7 officer, the Waverly Lions Club and the VFW Post 2832 (social member).

Dailey previously ran for the Ohio Senate against Republican incumbent Sen. Bob Peterson.

For the Fourth District Court of Appeals, Judge Wilkin has unofficially amassed 75 percent of the votes in her home county, receiving 12,306 votes. Challenger Stacy Brooks has an unofficial 4,013 votes in Highland County thus far.

In addition to Highland County, the 14-county Fourth District includes Adams, Athens, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington counties.

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office is reporting that Judge Wilkin has an unofficial 53 percent of the vote, with seven precincts outstanding in Washington County. Unofficially, Judge Wilkin is leading in 11 of the 14 counties, with Brooks leading in Athens, Ross and Washington counties.

According to her official biography on the Court of Appeals site, “Judge Wilkin was appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeals by Governor Mike DeWine on July 24.

“Prior to serving on the Court of Appeals, Judge Wilkin was a partner with Peelle Law Offices Co., LPA, where she worked for the last 14 years. Areas of practice included civil litigation, juvenile law, probate, real estate, domestic relations and business transactions. She served as an adjunct professor at Southern State Community College and held a judicial externship in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She is also a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute, an esteemed leadership development program.”

Brooks, a Chillicothe attorney, has spent her career practicing in southeastern and southern Ohio.

According to her website, https://brooksforjudge.com, Brooks’ experience as a trial and appeals attorney and has taken her to many of the counties in the Fourth Appellate District, which includes Adams, Athens, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington. She has worked on civil and criminal appeals to the Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.

Brooks began her legal career as a staff attorney with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, serving families, seniors and others in need through direct litigation as well as community advocacy. In 2012, she became a small business owner, opening her own practice in Chillicothe, and in 2014, she joined the law firm Seif & McNamee, LLC with offices in Chillicothe and Waverly.

Brooks has more than 13 years of experience representing individuals, families and businesses. She is also the solicitor for the Village of Beaver and has represented the Village of Piketon and the City of Waverly in Mayor’s Courts.

Incumbent Judge Peter B. Abele of the Fourth District Court of Appeals is running unopposed, receiving 12,501 votes in Highland County, unofficially. He currently has an unofficial 174,026 across the Fourth District, with seven precincts outstanding in Washington County.

Abele has served as an appellate judge since 1991. Prior to assuming office, he served as an Assistant Vinton County Prosecutor (1982-1985); Athens City Prosecutor (1985-1988); Referee in the Athens County Common Pleas Court (1988-1991), according to his Court of Appeals biography.

For the Second District Congressional seat, incumbent Republican Brad Wenstrup leads Democratic candidate Jaime M. Castle in Highland County by a large margin, unofficially receiving 82 percent of the votes.

In Highland County, Wenstrup received an unofficial 15,541 votes, while Castle had 3,295 votes, unofficially. Across the district, Wenstrup has unofficially claimed 60.83 percent of the vote with all precincts in Highland, Adams, Brown, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties reporting, plus 164 of 166 precincts in Clermont County and 560 of 563 precincts in Hamilton County tallied.

Congressman Brad Wenstrup was first elected to represent Ohio’s Second District in 2012. He is also a doctor, Army Reserve officer, Iraq War veteran and ran his own private practice for 26 years, according to his official Congress biography. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1998, currently holding the rank of colonel, his biography says.

“In the 116th Congress, [Wenstrup] serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,” according to his Congressional biography. “He previously spent six years on the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.”

Earlier on Tuesday night, Wenstrup issued a statement on his election victory.

“Serving the people of southern and southwestern Ohio has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and I'm humbled and filled with gratitude that they have chosen me to serve another term as their representative in Congress,” he said. “I promise to continue working to defend the health and safety of all American in Congress.”

For more, go to: https://highlandcountypress.com/Content/In-The-News/In-The-News/Article/Rep-Wenstrup-Humbled-and-filled-with-gratitude-/2/20/61311.

According to her campaign site (https://castleforuscongress.com), Castle is “an educator and small business owner,” with career experience as a seamstress running her own business and as both a full-time and a substitute teacher in the Cincinnati Public School system.

For the two Ohio Supreme Court races, incumbent Republican Judge Sharon L. Kennedy is leading Democratic candidate John P. O’Donnell, while incumbent Republican Judge Judith “Judi” French is trailing Democratic candidate Jennifer Brunner. All but 84 precincts have reported across Ohio, as of this posting.

In Highland County, unofficial total show Kennedy receiving 62.46 percent of the vote, as she has an unofficial 9,723 votes in Highland County. O’Donnell has received 5,844 votes in Highland County, unofficially.

With all but 84 precincts reporting, statewide Kennedy has 55.06 percent of the vote (2,635,392), as O’Donnell has 44.94 percent (2,151,006 votes), unofficially.

According to her official biography, Justice Kennedy was first appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court in 2012 and was elected in 2014 for her first full term. Most recently, prior to serving on the Supreme Court, she “served at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division beginning in 1999. From 2005 until December of 2012, Justice Kennedy served as the administrative judge of that division.”

According to his campaign site (odonnellforjustice.com), Judge O’Donnell “currently serves on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas,” having been elected in 2002, 2006, 2012 and 2018. He previously ran for Ohio Supreme Court judicial seats in 2016 and 2014.

For the other Supreme Court race, incumbent French totaled 60.27 percent of the vote, unofficially, in Highland County. French has an unofficial 9,155 votes locally, compared to 6,034 for Brunner.

With all but 81 precincts reporting, Brunner is unofficially leading with 55.22 percent of the vote (2,591,781 votes), while French has 44.78 percent of the vote (2,101,418 votes), unofficially.

According to her Ohio Supreme Court biography, Justice French was appointed as a justice “in January 2013 and was elected to her first full term in 2014.” Her career includes stints as “lawyer for a state agency, an assistant attorney general, counsel to the governor, and, finally, as a judge,” her biography says.

Judge Brunner is currently an appellate court judge, serving on the Tenth District Court of Appeals, according to her campaign biography at judgebrunner.com. Her career has also included  "17 years private law practice experience as well as state government experience in the Ohio Senate and the Secretary of State’s office as a staff attorney.” She previously ran for U.S. Senate in 2010, her biography says.