Marek Tyszkiewicz was up early Wednesday morning returning emails and phone calls after winning the Democratic Primary for the right to face off against Republican incumbent Brad Wenstrup this fall for the 2nd District Congressional District.
“My mailbox and voicemail were full,” said Tyszkiewicz Wednesday morning after the primary election.
Tyszkiewicz finished with 4,780 votes compared to Ronny Richards 3,959, William Smith 3,932 and John Sheil 3,383.
In the early going of the race Tyszkiewicz and Richards were neck and neck as results came in from the eastern part of the district. But after Brown County came in, which Richards won 331-298, that left only Hamilton County where Tyszkiewicz is from and little doubt he had won.
“It’s still sinking in. I am honored to be the Democratic Representative. I am humbled. Only in a America could a person with my name, the son of Polish immigrants, actually be one election away from going to Congress. It’s pretty amazing.”
Tyszkiewicz and his wife live in Anderson Township and own a yoga studio. He took time away from his job as an actuary to run for public office.
The race was close among the three, but Tyszkiewicz said he felt pretty good going into election night. He had sent out two direct mail pieces to Democrat voters and he received feedback from people that they recognized his name.
“When we were canvassing, both going door to door and calling people, it was either they already knew me and said they were going to vote for me or they didn’t know who anyone else was. So that was kind of a good sign for us that we were doing pretty well.”
Even in Pike County, he knew the mailers had done their job.
“At a fundraiser in Pike County with a hundred people, at least half of them knew who I was and it was the first time I had met them,” said Tyszkiewicz.
A curious aspect of the primary was that those requesting Republican ballots out numbered those requesting Democrat ballots more than two to one. Wenstrup received 36,824 complimentary votes. The four Democrat candidates combined received just 16,056.
Jobs are a big issue in the rural portion of the second district.
“Every politician promises jobs, improving the economy. It’s almost become cliche now. You really can’t tackle jobs until you fix the gridlock in congress. That’s the number one thing,” said Tyszkiewicz. “The main theme of my campaign is integrity - let’s elect integrity. If you elect politicians from both sides of the aisle with integrity, then problems start to disappear.”
Tyszkiewicz will be the keynote speaker at the Brown County Democratic Club’s dinner May 16 at the Southern Hills Career and Technical Center.
The only statewide contested race was on the Democrat ballot for governor. Edward FitzGerald defeated Larry Ealy 362,113 to 73,153. FitzGerald now faces John Kasich in the fall.
Also, State Issue 1 passed easily 789,367 to 423,270. It carried by 58 percent in Adams County and 60 percent in Brown County.