November 8, 2018 – Xenia Gazette

Incumbents Hold Seats In Greene County


McCarthy said her campaign was about providing “real representation for all too many” in the district and she is unsure if their needs will be met.

“Most distressing to me is that now, unfortunately, if history serves as any guide in regards to the recent election results, those needs will likely continue to remain unmet,” she said in an email.

November 5, 2018 – WYSO

Political Newcomers Challenge Incumbents In Ohio House District 73, 74


Two  political newcomers are challenging long-time incumbents for seats in the Ohio House this fall.

Democrat Kim McCarthy is challenging Incumbent Rick Perales, who has represented the 73rd District since 2003. McCarthy, an accountant from Xenia, has picked up endorsements from high profile groups including Wright State University’s Faculty Union and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. In contrast, Incumbent Rick Perales has been endorsed by Ohio Right to Life and the Buckeye Firearms association, among other groups. During his time in office, he’s focused on military and veterans’ issues.

October 25, 2018 – Xenia Gazette

Perales Challenged In 73rd District


Incumbent Rick Perales is being challenged by Kim McCarthy in the Ohio House of Representatives 73rd district.

McCarthy, an accountant and business owner, said she is not a career politician and decided to run when she began attending county commission meetings regularly and didn’t like what she found. At a recent forum she said the country is in a crisis socially and economically.

October 11, 2018 – Xenia Gazette

Candidates Explain Themselves at Forum


Democrat Kim McCarthy is challenging Republican incumbent Rick Perales in the 73rd District. She said her interest in running began when she started attending county commissioner meetings and looked into county business.

“I was not happy with what I found,” she said, adding that she wants to make the community stronger.

Perales, in his sixth year at the Statehouse, said as a military veteran his whole life has been about service.

“I enjoy what I’m doing,” he said.

September 7, 2018 – Fairborn Daily Herald

McCarthy Campaign To Hold Event


The event will feature a short presentation by Kim McCarthy, candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives for the 73rd District, who will offer an overview of the status of the campaign.

Joining McCarthy will be special guest speaker Brigid Kelly, Ohio House assistant minority whip, and co-sponsor of Ohio House Bill 440, which calls for universal health coverage for all Ohioans. Also speaking will be Dr. Katherine Lambes of SPAN Ohio, an organization which advocates for a single payer health system in Ohio. These speakers will explain how single payer is feasible, and why it is desirable for Ohioans.

May 8, 2018 – WYSO Radio

Rick Perales To Face Kim McCarthy In Ohio House District 73 Race


Perales will face Sugarcreek Twp. Democrat Kim McCarthy in November’s general election, who ran unopposed.  The district covers western Greene County, including Beavercreek, Fairborn and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Rep. Perales is serving a third term.

The race attracted widespread attention after Smith accused Perales of inappropriate sexual behavior that allegedly included texting, unwanted kissing and choking. Perales has denied the allegations.

May 1,  2018 – WYSO Radio

House District 73 Ticket Among Competitive Primary Races


On the Democratic side, Kim McCarthy, from Sugarcreek Twp., is running unopposed. McCarthy is a business owner and accountant who has been involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

April 30, 2018 – Xenia Daily Gazette

Constituent Challenging Rep In 73rd District


The only Democrat on the primary ballot, the Bellbrook resident is guaranteed of appearing on the November ballot as long as she gets one valid vote.

McCarthy was motivated to run because of a statement made by County Commissioner Bob Glaser, when McCarthy was making comments about new commission meeting procedures.

“Glaser said if I didn’t like what they were doing, I should run for office myself,” McCarthy said.

April 27, 2018 – Dayton Daily News

Democrats Outraise Republicans In Several Local Statehouse Races

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Democrats running for the Ohio House and Senate outraised Republican candidates, including incumbents, in several local races since January 1, according to pre-primary campaign finance reports filed by Thursday’s deadline at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.

April 10, 2018 – Fairborn Daily Herald

Ohio House Candidate Meets With Potential Constituents

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Kim McCarthy, candidate for state representative in Ohio District 73, met with military spouses from Wright-Patterson Air Face Base March 11 as part of an outreach initiative in order to hear directly from her prospective constituents about their specific needs.
Help with employment red tape was at the top of their list…

March 27, 2018 – The Hill

Ohio House Speaker Investigating Claims That State Lawmaker Choked, Kissed Opponent Years Ago


The winner of the Republican primary will face off against Democrat Kim McCarthy in November. McCarthy has said the allegations suggest Perales is not fit for office.

“At their least, these allegations indicate an inappropriate relationship, which suggests that Mr. Perales is not genuinely focused on doing his job as a representative,” McCarthy told the Dayton Daily News in an email. “At worst, it is assault, showing character unsuitable for public office.”

February 20, 2018 – Xenia Daily Gazette

Sugarcreek Township Resident Running For State Rep

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The Sugarcreek Township resident is the lone Democrat on the ballot and will face off against the winner of the Tuesday, May 8 primary between incumbent Rick Perales and Jocelyn Smith…