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.
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.
Issue 1 is a bad deal,” Rep. Rick Perales, who is running for re-election in District 73. “Anyone supporting Issue 1 should be suspect.”
Democrat Kim McCarthy, Perales’ opponent in the election, agreed that it’s not an ideal amendment and that the state needed legislation to deal with it. However, she said the war on drugs and the criminal justice system are broken and Ohio “can’t incarcerate” its way out of it. Criminals need treatment, not more jail, she said, calling the amendment a great first step. She also stressed that drug dealers are not affected, they’ll still go to jail.
Democrat Susan Lopez, running for county commission against current Greene County Treasurer Dick Gould, said she is voting against Issue 1 for reasons other than why most oppose it. Nonetheless, she said people need and are not getting long-term treatment. Lopez said she wouldn’t say someone supporting it is a “negative person.
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.
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
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
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