Results in the five most expensive Democratic Ohio House primaries

Democratic primary elections for all 99 districts in the Ohio House of Representatives took place on Aug. 2, 2022. Of the 99 districts up for election in 2022, 30 had a Democratic primary election with more than one candidate.

Across all contested Democratic primary elections, candidates raised $2.4 million. Incumbents raised an average of $82,635 per candidate and challengers raised an average of $23,255 per candidate.

Five primary elections with the most fundraising

The table below details the five Democratic primary elections with the most fundraising in the House of Representatives. Winning candidates’ names are in bold.

District Money Raised Officeholder Candidates
District 7 $326,444 Thomas Patton (R) Allison Russo and Ben Leland
District 24 $313,358 Allison Russo (D) Dani Isaacsohn, Dale Mallory, and Mark Childers
District 27 $217,141 Tom Brinkman Jr. (R) Rachel Baker and Gavi Begtrup
District 16 $167,798 Monique Smith (D) Bride Rose Sweeney and Monique Smith
District 1 $142,413 Scott Wiggam (R) Dontavius Jarrells and Carolyn Harding

The officeholders above are listed for the current districts they hold. However, this is a redistricting year, so candidates have been identified below as incumbents even if they are running in a different district than they currently hold.

#1 District 7 – $326,444

Incumbent Allison Russo raised $292,569 and Ben Leland raised $33,875.

Allison Russo advanced to the general election and Ben Leland withdrew.

#2 District 24 – $313,358

Dani Isaacsohn raised $310,794, Dale Mallory raised $2,565, and Mark Childers raised $0.

Dani Isaacsohn advanced to the general election with 83 percent of the vote, Dale Mallory received 17 percent of the vote, and Mark Childers withdrew.

#3 District 27 – $217,141

Gavi Begtrup raised $178,099 and Rachel Baker raised $39,042.

Rachel Baker advanced to the general election with 62 percent of the vote and Gavi Begtrup received 38 percent of the vote.

#4 District 16 – $167,798

Incumbent Bride Rose Sweeney raised $71,671 and Incumbent Monique Smith raised $96,127.

Bride Rose Sweeney advanced to the general election with 56 percent of the vote and Monique Smith received 44 percent of the vote.

#5 District 1 – $142,413

Incumbent Dontavius Jarrells raised $133,222 and Carolyn Harding raised $9,191.

Dontavius Jarrells advanced to the general election with 65 percent of the vote and Carolyn Harding received 35 percent of the vote.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Ohio PACs submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report Name Report Due Date
2021 Annual 1/31/2022
2022 Pre-Primary 4/21/2022
2022 Post-Primary 6/10/2022
2022 Semiannual 7/29/2022
2022 Pre-General 10/27/2022
2022 Post-General 12/16/2022

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.

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Kalyn Stralow