Ohio House of Representatives District 51

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Ohio House of Representatives District 51
Current incumbentWes Retherford Republican Party
Ethnicity4.85% Black (Voting-Age), 1.33% Hispanic (Voting-Age)
Voting age78.41% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Ohio's fifty-first state house district is represented by Republican Representative Wes Retherford.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 122,852 civilians reside within Ohio's fifty-first state house district.[1] Ohio state representatives represent an average of 116,530 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 116,530 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Ohio House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[4] Representatives may serve no more than four consecutive terms. Ohio legislators assume office January 1st.


Article 2, Section 3 of the Ohio Constitution states: Senators and representatives shall have resided in their respective districts one year next preceding their election, unless they shall have been absent on the public business of the United States, or of this state.

Article 2, Section 5 of the Ohio Constitution states: No person hereafter convicted of an embezzlement of the public funds, shall hold any office in this state; nor shall any person, holding public money for disbursement, or otherwise, have a seat in the General Assembly, until he shall have accounted for, and paid such money into the treasury.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Ohio Legislature are paid $60,584/year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive no per diem.[5]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Ohio legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Ohio Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that Ohio representatives are subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.[4]

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the seat must be filled by an election conducted by House members. Also, the election can only be conducted by the same members of the political party that hold the seat. A simple majority vote is needed in order to approve a replacement.[6]



See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Ohio House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014. Michele DeCresce was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Wes Retherford defeated Greg Jolivette and Arnold Engel in the Republican primary. DeCresce withdrew from the race before the general election, and was replaced by Lucinda Greene. Retherford and Greene will face off in the general election.[7]


See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Ohio House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on March 6, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 7, 2011. Wes Retherford (R) defeated Mark N. Hardig (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the March 6 primary elections.[8][9]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWes Retherford 56.7% 24,825
     Democratic Mark N. Hardig 43.3% 18,990
Total Votes 43,815

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Ohio House of Representatives District 51 have raised a total of $708,776. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $59,065 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Ohio House of Representatives District 51
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $66,390 2 $33,195
2010 $4,388 2 $2,194
2008 $53,318 1 $53,318
2006 $96,791 2 $48,396
2004 $73,882 1 $73,882
2002 $33,689 2 $16,845
2000 $380,318 2 $190,159
Total $708,776 12 $59,065

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