Miranda Defeats Dever In Suburban Hamilton County Seat

Ohio House Dems Have Flipped Six Seats, Two Races Still Too Close to Call

CINCINNATI — As the number of Democratic pickups in the U.S. House have continued to grow since Election Day, the Ohio House Democrats have also added to their flipped district tally, with Jessica Miranda emerging as the winner against state Rep. Jonathan Dever after absentee and provisional ballots were counted today.

“Congratulations to Jessica Miranda on her win in her race for the Ohio House,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “We applaud the Ohio House Democrats and their leader, state Rep. Fred Strahorn, on their sixth flipped seat. These pickups are the first this decade for House Democrats. These wins are a credit to the team headed up by Leader Strahorn and the caucus staff who recruited strong candidates and invested critical resources in races across the state.”

“Jessica Miranda’s win means that half of the House Democratic Caucus — 19 members — will be women,” said Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Kathy DiCristofaro. “Having more women at the Statehouse is important for so many reasons. We need a legislature that represents all of Ohio, and we need lawmakers who will work for affordable health care, good-paying jobs and great public schools for all of our children.”

Miranda is president of the Winton Woods City School Board and a small-business owner.

The 28th House District was last represented by a Democrat in 2014 when then-Rep. Connie Pillich held the seat.

Four of the House Dems’ six pickups were women candidates. In 2019, the Ohio House Democrats are also sending Mary Lightbody, Beth Liston, Phil Robinson, Allison Russo and Casey Weinstein to the Statehouse from previously Republican-held suburban districts. These were all open seat pickups. Miranda’s is the first pickup against an incumbent.

There are still two House races that are too close to call.