Republicans seek to overthrow Ohio House seat in Toledo

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — This is the only Statehouse race in northwest Ohio with primaries contested Aug. 2 on both sides.

House District 43 includes the Ottawa Hills and parts of Toledo, including the Old West End, the Old Orchard neighborhood, and parts of southwest Toledo.

On the Republican ballot: Wendi Hendricks, small business owner from Ottawa Hills, and Kristi Kille, health care aide from Toledo.

Hendricks said she was raised in a Democratic household, but saw her positions change to where she is today as a Republican.

“That’s why I feel like I’m good at it, because I know both sides and I can know what my constituents want and do what they need to do,” Hendricks said.

She was inspired to run after the COVID-19 mandates impacted her business. She focuses on economic issues as a candidate.

“We need to help people find jobs and give them a helping hand, not a handout,” Hendricks said. “It’s going to help our economy a lot.”

The district is considered safe for Democrats by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Hendricks said she believed she could overturn the seat because the issues she was discussing with residents went beyond party politics.

“I spoke to independents, Democrats and Republicans,” Hendricks said. “I feel like I can represent them all.”

Hendricks raised $1,575 and spent $1,738 during his campaign, according to the secretary of state’s office. No online campaign finance returns are filed for Kille’s campaign beginning on the Friday before the primary.

Kille said that as a lawmaker, her main focus would be nursing home reform and elder abuse.

“I want to help make a difference, a good difference for older people,” she said.

While Ohio lawmakers are considering an abortion ban that goes beyond the current heartbeat bill, both candidates are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception.

This is a question that excites Kille. She supports a complete ban on abortion with no exceptions.

“Not even in the life of the mother,” Kille said. “Because always, the unborn child is the flesh and blood of the mother.”

She also said she thinks legal same-sex marriage should be annulled.

“I believe we need to revisit this and throw out same-sex marriage,” Kille said. “Marriage is just one man, one woman.”

Watch our full interviews with the candidates below.

Wendi Hendricks is challenging Kristi Kille in the Ohio House District 43 Republican primary, which includes the Ottawa Hills and parts of Toledo.

Kristi Kille is running for the Republican nomination in Ohio’s 43rd district against Wendi Hendricks

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