In a battle of political newcomers, an attorney who lives in Uniontown defeated a Cuyahoga Falls High School senior to garner the Democratic Party’s nomination in the Ohio House’s District 36 race.
Timothy Paul Piatt earned the win in the primary election on Tuesday over J. Noah Spinner by a count of 3,409 (57.95 percent) to 2,474 (42.05 percent), according to final, but unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections.
Pending certification of the results, Piatt will advance to the Nov. 6 general election ballot to compete against Republican incumbent Anthony DeVitis in the District 36 race.
Piatt said he was "pleased" with the results and said he hoped he could earn voters’ support this fall.
"I know that I’m going to be a candidate that can bring people together and we’re going to try our best to win this," said Piatt, who is an attorney with Macala & Piatt in North Canton.
Spinner said while he was "disappointed" with the outcome, he said Piatt has "my full support" in the upcoming campaign.
"Going through this process, we’ve developed a friendship, a camaraderie, between our two staffs," said Spinner. "He’s a great husband, a great father, and he’s going to make a great representative."
Piatt said he "congratulated" Spinner on "a great campaign."
"I’m really glad that I got to know him and [have] come to respect him the more and more that I knew about him," said Piatt. "I’m looking forward to working with him going forward."
Spinner said he is excited about graduating from Cuyahoga Falls High School later this month and attending the University of Akron this fall.
As far as running for elected office again, Spinner said, with a chuckle, "I’ll have to talk with my parents about that."
"We’re going to rest up a little bit and then consider our options moving forward," said Spinner.
Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.