Hoagland Clinches Ohio Senate Race
Republican Frank Hoagland unseated incumbent Democrat Lou Gentile in the race for Ohio’s 30th District Senate seat.
It was a hard-fought contest for both candidates. Gentile of Steubenville campaigned on his record as a public servant who fights for working families. The challenger Hoagland of Mingo Junction campaigned as a former Navy SEAL and small businessman who will fight for economic growth.
Tuesday night, Hoagland was declared the winner according to unofficial vote totals, with Hoagland receiving 82,052 votes and Gentile getting 73,277 votes.
Both men said during their campaigns that they would support the energy industry and fight to bring back manufacturing jobs to the area.
Hoagland’s team said Tuesday night that he is truly humbled by the win. Hoagland shared his thoughts on his win and thanked his team.
“From my perspective, this is a win for the people of the district. They called for change, and I was the one to answer the call. I want to thank Lou Gentile for his honorable service. He did the very best he could for the district. I just want to say thank you to my wonderful wife, Darla, and my team. They have demonstrated such dedication. I want to emphasize the word ‘dedication,'” said Hoagland. “As a SEAL, I learned a lot about teamwork. It is what brings success. I want to bring that to my work in the Senate. We have to work together to get things done. It is about the people beside us, behind us and in front of us. It is about the people.”
Gentile said he respects the decision of the voters and is grateful to have served as Ohio’s senator from the 30th District.
“I am so grateful to have been able to serve this district. I will continue to do whatever I can to serve the people. But right now, I will be taking some time to spend with my wife and parents, reconnecting with friends and family. I want to thank my supporters who worked so hard and tirelessly for me,” said Gentile.