Incumbent Dave Greenspan, R-Westlake, will retain his Ohio House of Representatives 16th District seat for a second term after defeating a challenge from Democrat Cassimir Svigelj of Rocky River in the Nov. 6 election.

Greenspan garnered 29,182 votes to Svigelj’s 24,969, according to final, unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s website. Greenspan received 53.89 percent of the vote to Svigelj’s 46.11 percent of the 54,151 ballots cast.

He will rejoin a Republican-controlled state House.

Greenspan spent election night at Panini’s in Westlake with about 150 supporters and volunteers. 

He said during his five-month campaign, about 200 people helped him make 55,000 voter contacts door-to-door or by telephone. 

He also had a series of annual campaign events.

“I don’t like just cold-calling people and asking for money,” he said. “That’s not my style, I want to develop the relationship, and often when I develop relationships, they don’t involve fundraising at all. It’s just building relationships and seeing how I can be an effective legislator.”

In addition, he has held periodic town hall meetings, roundtables, and a Saturday morning event called “Donuts with Dave” for one-on-one conversations with constituents. 

As a member of the Heroin, Opioids, Prevention, Education and Safety Task Force he also arranged a HOPES Task force event that involved MetroHealth to highlight the opioid crisis. Greenspan made the opioid crisis his first priority in the campaign, and said he hopes to be able to continue to work on that issue. He also said he was relieved that voters rejected Issue 1 in the Nov. 6 election,

Greenspan is chairman of the House Finance Subcommittee on Transportation, which develops the state transportation budget. In addition, he serves on the following committees: transportation and public safety; the finance committee, which approves budget; government accountability and oversight; and community and family advancement.

He praised his politically diverse district for its collaborative approach to issues and said Attorney General Mike DeWine will be a consensus builder as Ohio’s next governor.

“I would expect it to be very, very collegial,” he said, “And one that we’ll be able to work together to address his priorities as well as the priorities of the House and the priorities of the state.”

Greenspan has introduced 17 bills in his two years as a legislator. Three have become law. Three are in the House and 12  are in the Senate. 

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