WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a close race, but voters have a candidate to fill Ohio’s 64th District.

The race included two political newcomers.

Republican Nick Santucci was victorious over Democrat Vince Peterson, II, according to unofficial voting returns.

“It will be the honor of a lifetime to represent this community in Columbus,” Santucci said in a statement following his win. “We’ve come a long way together, but this is only the beginning. Together, we will make Trumbull County a better place.”

He ran to fill the seat currently held by Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. O’Brien couldn’t seek re-election for state representative due to term limits.

It was a relatively young race — both men are in their 30s and are graduates of Howland High School.

Santucci currently works for VAZA consulting but previously served as the director of Government and Public Affairs at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber. He believes that the district’s challenges are crime and inflation.

“There’s a lot of things that we can do in the state of Ohio to soften the inflation situation, number one, so we can cut taxes to help give folks more money in their pockets. The second thing we can do is start drilling in Ohio for oil and gas,” he said earlier this month.

The 64th House District includes Warren, Niles, Howland, Vienna, McDonald, Girard, Liberty and Hubbard.

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