Austria, Lewis win State Central Committee seats

By Amanda Crowe acrowe@civitasmedia.com

May 7, 2014

GREENE COUNTY — Republican incumbents Steve Austria and Brenda Lewis will keep their seats on the 10th district State Central Committee.

According to the unofficial results from the Greene County Board of Elections, Austria took 10,707 votes, or 77.97 percent, while Bruce Hull had 1,513 votes, 11.02 percent, and John Anderson had 1,512 votes, or 11.01 percent. Lewis won with 6,842 votes for 61.49 percent while Johnson received 4,285 votes for 38.51 percent.

Lewis, a Xenia resident, has been chair of the Greene County Republican Party Central Committee since 2004, is a member of the Greene County Central Committee, and a member of the Greene County Board of Elections. She has also been president of the Republican Women’s Club, and for the past 12 years has organized and staffed the Greene County Republican headquarters and the GOP tent at the Greene County Fair.

Austria, who lives in Beavercreek, was recently selected to the Republican National Committee advisory board. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1998 until 2000, and was elected to the Ohio State Senate in 2001, representing the 10th District. He was U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 7th congressional district from 2009 to 2013.

They also took the majority of votes in Clark and Madison Counties, which are part of the 10th district.

According to the Clark County Board of Elections, Austria received 10,896 votes for 83.25 percent in that county, while Anderson took 1,361 votes, 10.40 percent, and Hull 831 votes, 6.35 percent. Lewis took 6,473 votes, or 61.29 percent, and Johnson had 4,088 votes, or 38.71 percent.

As of press time, Madison County Board of Elections reported that Austria had 1,952 votes for 75.25 percent, Anderson was at 392 votes, or 15.11 percent, and Hull had 250 votes, 9.64 percent. Lewis took 1,585 votes, or 71.62 percent, and Johnson had 628 votes for 28.38 percent.