Through reports from our occasional correspondent Joel Mowbray, we covered the race of Josh Mandel to represent Ohio’s District 17 in the state legislature. Joel dubbed Mandel a Republican “star on the rise.”
Mandel was running for reelection after having spent part of his maiden two-year term serving a second tour with the Marines in Iraq, as I recall, for which his opponent obliquely attacked him. Mandel represents a Democratic-leaning district in the Cleveland area. His 2008 reelection race was thought to represent a serious challenge in a difficult year.
I meant to check the result on election day and simply forgot. It was a difficult year, alright, but Mandel survived the challenge with style. Looking around the Web this morning, I find that according to unofficial final results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Mandel collected 46,397 votes (71.8 percent) to opponent Bob Belovich’s 18,222 votes (28.2 percent). I think we’ll be hearing more from Rep. Mandel.
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