Incumbent U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, was re-elected to Ohio’s 11th Congressional District seat Nov. 6, defeating Republican opponent Beverly Goldstein and independent write-in candidate James Jerome Bell.

According to final, unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, Fudge earned 197,147 votes (81.94 percent) to Goldstein’s 43,443 votes (18.06 percent) and Bell had 20 votes (0.01 percent).

In a statement, Fudge thanked the people of the district for trusting her to conintue to serve as teir voice in Washington, D.C.

"OH-11 is more than a congressional district to me - it is my home," she said in the statement. "Assuring families have safe and affordable housing and securing our children’s access to a quality education remain top priorities. I will also continue to vigorously defend your rights to affordable healthcare, living wages, and clean water, to name a few. I am honored to have the opportunity to effect change in Congress that benefits the people of OH-11."

Michael Goldstein, Beverly Goldstein’s husband and spokesperson, said the center of her campaign was providing the opportunity for employment for people in the inner city through education and job training. Without these options, those residents will not be able to get a job and will remain on government assistance “for the rest of their lives,” he said.

“The problem is getting that message across,” he said. “(Beverly Goldstein) had fabulous numbers on social media within the district, but apparently that isn’t enough to get the message across. People in the district decided they would remain with the current congresswoman, who has provided no leadership for 10 years and doesn’t even recognize the root of the problem.”

Bell wished Fudge “the best,” but said he looks forward to 2020 and developing a platform that will resonate with the people of the 11th district. 

“I also think that my platform of reparations, abolishing the Second Amendment, universal basic income and also environmental sustainability was truly, most magnificently, at the core of redemptive spirit of a new America,” he said.  

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