The incumbent in the Ohio House District 36 race earned re-election on Tuesday night.

Republican Anthony DeVitis earned 25,622 votes (55.59 percent) to defeat Democrat challenger Timothy Paul Piatt, who garnered 20,633 votes (44.61 percent), according to final but unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.

"I wish to thank my family, supporters and especially the voters of Ohio House District 36 for their confidence in me," said DeVitis on his Facebook page. "It has been and continues to be an incredible experience and an absolute honor to serve as your representative."

DeVitis was first appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2011. He is a co-owner of three businesses: DeVitis & Sons, Inc., an Italian specialty retail store; Devico, LLC., a real estate partnership; and DeVitis Fine Italian Foods, LLC., a food distribution company.

On his campaign Facebook page, Piatt said he was "proud" of his campaign.

"We came up short, but I am so humbled and privileged to have gotten to know so many amazing people," stated Piatt. "I wish Representative DeVitis the absolute best and hope he will serve the 36th District well."

Piatt is an attorney with Macala & Piatt in North Canton and said his firm represents unions. He mainly focuses on pension work.