LORAIN — Dan Ramos, a former legislative aide to Joe Koziura, won the Democratic primary yesterday for the 56th Ohio House District over Jose Candelario, former head of the county elections board, according to unofficial results. The Lorain County Board of Elections results showed only 220 votes separate the two candidates as Ramos received 3,033 votes to 2,812 votes for Candelario.
The current representative, Koziura, D-Lorain, was prohibited by term limits from running in the primary.
Ramos, 28, who has also served as a senior policy analyst to House Speaker Armond Budish, said he was quite pleased with the victory.
“We knocked on more than 10,000 doors,” Ramos said. “My message has been one of more job creation, better access to higher education and trying to better our area. I look forward to continuing to spread that message throughout the rest of the election season.”
Ramos said the 56th district has an abundance of positive elements.
“We have incredible infrastructure, and a great population of workers,” he said. “We have to retool our factories and bring in new industries. Wind power and solar power have been expanding and bringing new jobs to Ohio. I think we’re especially suited to succeed in those kinds of industries.Candelario said he and his supporters have thrown all their support to Ramos.
“We ran a great campaign and the best candidate won,” Candelario said. He said his plans now are to spend more time with his family.