The stage has been set for a Stow City Councilman to square off against a Hudson City Councilman in an Ohio Statehouse race this fall.

Stow City Councilman Mike Rasor on Tuesday defeated two other candidates to earn the Republican Party’s nomination in the Ohio Statehouse’s District 37 race.

Rasor received 5,898 votes (67.08 percent), while Craig Shubert of Hudson had 1,479 (16.82 percent) and Dexter Vaughan of Macedonia tallied 1,415 (16.09 percent), according to final, but unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections.

Pending certification of election results, Rasor, 33, will advance to the Nov. 6 general election ballot to compete against Democrat and Hudson City Councilman Casey Weinstein, 35, for the state representative’s post in the 37th District.

That position is currently held by Republican Kristina Daley Roegner, who is running for Ohio Senate in the 27th District. Roegner could not run for the 37th District seat again due to term limits.

On his campaign website, Rasor said he felt his decisive victory showed many voters “really respect” the work done by he and other Stow City Council members to balance the budget without increasing taxes, cutting debt in half and “bolstering the rainy-day fund,” and want to see the same types of items addressed in Columbus.

Rasor said he felt his win showed many voters also believe “creating opportunity is the way to end generational poverty. We need more occupational licenses, apprenticeships, and affordable college options, so that people can climb from the lower-class into middle-class jobs, buy homes, and grow wealth.”

Rasor is an attorney with Cavitch, Familo & Durkin in Cleveland.

Weinstein, who works as a managing client director for Gartner, an information technology research firm (his client is the U.S. Air Force), said his campaign will focus on three actions: “invest, fight and deliver.”

On the first item, Weinstein said his approach will be geared toward “Investing in our communities [and] re-prioritizing local decisionmaking for capital investment and infrastructure investment.”

Weinstein said he intends to fight for “exceptional public education,” and will hold “unaccountable charter schools accountable,” and is looking at “reinvesting the money lost in that into public education.”

On the third piece, Weinstein noted he wants “to deliver 21st Century job opportunities to the district,” through an “investment in broadband” similar to what the city of Hudson has already been doing with Velocity Broadband. Under the program, the city provides high-speed internet service to businesses in Hudson.

Assessing the primary election results

Rasor said he and his campaign staff were “blown away” by the large margin of victory in Tuesday’s primary election.

The Stow City Councilman said he was “so grateful” for the support he said he received from 80 percent of the voters casting ballots in Stow.

“We ran a positive race to talk about what we wanted to do to improve the lives of everyday Summit County residents,” said Rasor. “We didn’t attack our opponents. We didn’t go negative. I think people appreciated that. As a result, we won by what looked like an unprecedented number for a non-incumbent.”

Shubert offered praise to both of his opponents.

“I would like to congratulate Councilman Rasor on his victory and wish him the best,” said Shubert. “Dexter Vaughan is a fine young man. We are sure to see and hear from him again in the future.”

Shubert also noted the Republican Party endorsed candidates — including Rasor — in contested races “for the first time in many years,” and added that decision “aggravated many candidates, donors, supporters, and volunteers. Instead of allowing the cream to naturally rise to the top, party-favored candidates had a competitive advantage while others were shut out.”

Shubert said he was “grateful” for the votes he received and noted he has been encouraged by several elected officials to stay involved.

“As for another run, we’ll see what the future brings,” he added.

Vaughan did not return a phone call and email seeking comment by press time.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.