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Mark Sigrist wins Democratic Ohio House primary by 20 votes after automatic recount

Grove City Councilmember Mark Sigrist
Grove City Councilmember Mark Sigrist

A recount determined that Grove City Councilmember Mark Sigrist won the Democratic Primary for the Ohio House of Representatives District 10.

Sigrist won by 20 votes against Columbus Property Action Team Attorney Sarah Pomeroy.

Franklin County Board of Elections spokesperson Aaron Sellers said the recount began last Friday with a hand recount of 5% of ballots cast. He said that came back 100% accurate so the board moved on to scanning the rest of the ballots cast in the race per state law.

"Long story short, no votes changed from official results in that race that were certified on April 5. Mark Sigrist was the winner," Sellers said.

Sigrist won with 3,029 votes, while Pomeroy got 3,009 votes.

Sigrist said in a Facebook post that he thanks his opponent for her efforts in the election.

"I also want to acknowledge and thank The Sarah Pomeroy team, especially Sarah and her parents, for their excellent run and professionalism. It was my privilege to get to know Sarah and see the exceptional person she is," Sigrist said.

Pomeroy said in her own Facebook post that she is throwing her support behind Sigrist.

"I am excited to help bring about change in our Statehouse as we flip this seat in November," Pomeroy said.

Sigrist will face Republican Brian Garvine in November. The district covers much of southwest Franklin County including Grove City and German Village.

Garvine is an attorney from Grove City with an office in German Village.

George Shillcock is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. He joined the WOSU newsroom in April 2023 following three years as a reporter in Iowa with the USA Today Network.