Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, defeated opponent Mike Rasor, R-Stow, in the Nov. 6 election to become the next 37th District Ohio state Representative.
According to final, unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, Weinstein received 27,930 votes (50.5 percent) to Rasor’s 27,391 votes (49.5 percent).
Weinstein said he wanted to thank his supporters for putting their trust in him.
“I want to note that I would not have won without bipartisan support because of the Republican heritage in the district,” he said. “And I plan to operate that way with a bipartisan spirit so I’m representing everybody in the district.”
Weinstein is a Hudson city councilman and Rasor is a Stow city councilman.
Current 37th District Ohio State Rep. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, was term-limited and thus ineligible for re-election.
On Nov. 5, Weinstein filed a Hudson police report and posted a video on Facebook, saying with his wife, Amanda, that his family was targeted for their religious views via notes left at their door.
“We haven’t called it specifically anti-Semitic, but it was clearly kind of intended that way,” said Weinstein, a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson.
Weinstein told the Cleveland Jewish News the notes contained old social media posts he had written from a private account, promoting Jewish and civil rights causes.
According to the Hudson police report, one of the papers left at his home read, “As a concerned member of the Hudson Community, I wonder why Casey Weinstein decided to delete his twitter account? Are his views in line with yours?”
Hudson police charged it as criminal trespassing and the police report said the notes contained nothing threatening.
Weinstein said the person or people who came to his door to leave the notes woke up his kids and dog, and it made him feel “disappointed.”
“In that we are so far away from talking about the positive messages or how we can make positive change in people’s lives, and instead we are focusing on … how you pray essentially,” he said. “It brought it home for me the divisiveness that we have in our country today – it was literally brought to my doorstep. It also made me concerned for my family’s safety.”
Weinstein added that in light of the incident, the community was supportive, which made him feel more positive about the race.
“It really reclarified in my mind that we do live in a welcoming, accepting community and that those kinds of ... anonymous notes that question your religious beliefs are really the outlier. It’s the exception, not the rule.”