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Ney, Space to face off in November
By Dylan McCament, News Staff Writer and By Nick Worner, News Staff Writer
06:56 AM, Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Election Results
US House of Representative 18th Congressional District (Full term commencing January 3, 2007)
Ralph Applegate (D) 250 09%
James Harris (R) 2,288 45%
Bob Ney (R)✓ 2,816 00%
Zachary Space✓ (D) 1385 52%
Jennifer Stewart (D) 588 22%
Joe Sulzer (D) 439 16%
Unofficial results. Official results must be verified by the Board of Elections.

MOUNT VERNON — The race for the seat in the 18th Congressional District of Ohio has come down to Republican incumbent Bob Ney and Democratic challenger Zack Space. Both were winners of their respective parties in Tuesday’s primary election.

Ney said he was very pleased with the primary vote, which garnered him 68 and 55 percent of the vote in Ohio and Knox County, respectively. In Knox County, 93.99 percent of nearly 6,000 registered Republicans showed up at the polls.

Ney added that his campaign fought through attack ads from opponents and also negative media attention on its way to the primary victory.

“We are very happy with the vote,” said Ney. “We’ve had our share of problems, we’ve been hit in the media for over a year.

“A lot of people predicted we’d be around 60 percent of the vote,” he added. “And we are around 70 percent right now.”

Ney said much of the primary campaign was focused on attacking him, and said he will attempt to bring the campaign back to the issues.

“It has to get back to issues,” he said. “We are going to run an aggressive campaign. ... We are going to stick to the issues and show the difference between me and Zack Space.”

Despite the primary loss, Republican challenger James Brodbelt Harris said he was pleased with the 32 percent share of the Ohio vote and the 44 percent of the Knox County vote that he received. He also discussed his inexpensive campaign and his future plans to work for the repeal or reform of the Ohio estate tax.

“I spent hardly any money on this race, maybe a few hundred dollars on literature,” said Harris. “I feel my Reagan Republican ideas are getting through and I will be working with Republicans all over the state to advance the reform of the Ohio estate tax.

“I’ll also be watching the other campaigns across the state very closely,” he added, “because this is an important year for Republicans.”

In a statement released before the election, Harris pledged that if Ney won the primary, he would support him, along with all other Republican nominees, provided Ney is cleared of any federal investigation by the time of the November election. However, if Ney is indicted, Harris said he will call for the congressman’s immediate resignation and would likely re-start his campaign to compete for the open seat. Harris said he would also compete in a Congressional Special Election, if called by the governor, for the remainder of the current term.

Space, law director of Dover, won the democratic nomination for the district seat with 39 percent of the vote. Jennifer Stewart received 25 percent, Joe Sulzer 24 percent and Ralph Applegate received 11 percent.

Shortly after being named the Democratic candidate, Space said he is elated about the results. He said he wants to commend JSulzer and Stewart, not only for a hard-fought primary but also for their commitment to democratic ideals.

“We look forward to the challenges presented by the next six months,” Space said. “We’re going to regroup and hit the ground running. We’ve got a real strong grassroots organization that we feel we can build on.”

Space, a Kenyon College graduate, said his campaign was fortunate to receive a lot of support in Knox County through people like Susan Hays, Margaret Banning, Tom McHugh and many others.

“We feel it’s through that kind of support that we found our success today,” Space said.

“For us it’s not about a candidate or a person but it’s about a message we feel strongly about ... the voice of the people of this district has been lost and special interests have been dominating legislation and policy in Washington for far too long.”

Repeated calls were made to Sulzer’s spokesman, but Sulzer did not return the calls.

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