WKBN spoke to Rulli just before all of the votes were returned. You can see that interview in the video above.

(WKBN) – Republican Michael Rulli has held on to his Senate seat in Ohio’s 33rd District.

He faced Democrat Bob Hagan in a race that, at times, became heated. Rulli overwhelmingly came ahead with the lead.

Rulli told WKBN’s Gerry Ricciutti that he has spent his first term in office bringing money back to the Valley, including a couple hundred million extra dollars for school construction. He added that he’s running on his record of getting things done.

Rulli says one of his goals is to push the state’s continued recovery from COVID-19.

WKBN spoke to Rulli on Tuesday night, saying he plans to keep working hard for the people in the area.

“The main thing I want to work on is energy. I want to pursue energy in Ohio at all costs,” he said. “I think we have the Utica shale and the Marcellus shale, and I think with the super-majority, I think we need to concentrate on that. I think we need to build more power plants, and we need to make as much on the electric grid as humanly possible.”

The race between the two candidates has not been without controversy.

Late last summer, Hagan accused Rulli’s campaign of being involved in a fire that was set to one of his campaign signs in Youngstown. Rulli responded by offering a $5,000 reward for information, alleging that Hagan’s campaign set fire to the sign to make him look bad, which Hagan denied.

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