The wave does not affect Johnson

LISBON — The projected blue wave in the U.S. House of Representatives did not happen in the 6th Congressional District, where U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican, easily maintained his seat for a fifth term.

Johnson, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who lives in Marietta, was being challenged by Shawna Roberts of Belmont, a political newcomer, who has been a stay-at-home mother to five children and was once a commercial bee keeper for 15 years.

In the first returns stemming from early voting and absentee ballots, Johnson took an early lead, receiving at least 60 percent of the vote in 17 of 18 counties in the district. He never looked back, taking at least 65 percent of the votes in each of the 18 counties. He had taken nearly 70 percent of the votes with most counties in the district reporting by 10 p.m., including in Columbiana County where he held 69.88 percent of the vote unofficial results.

“I’m humbled and honored by the strong support from the people of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio,” Johnson said in a statement released on election night. “For the next two years, I’ll continue to lead the way on issues that matter most to the hardworking people in my communities. From lowering the cost of health care, to repealing regulations that kill jobs and hurt working families, to fighting the opioid addiction crisis, to addressing infrastructure needs and expanding broadband internet access across our region, I will speak loudly and clearly for the people who’ve trusted me to be their voice.”

Although it was not a victory, Roberts said she was “not wildly disappointed” with the results for her first run for political office and plans to run for election again.

“This is my first campaign,” Roberts said. “It was an extremely rewarding experience. I recommend to all the readers they run for office at least once. They would get to meet all the best people in their area.”

Roberts said she was meeting people even Tuesday by walking around the Steubenville area in an effort to get out the vote on Election Day. She points out every person who runs for office has 1,000 people behind them.

“I owe a huge debt of gratitude for all the people who were so supportive of me,” Roberts said.