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Pelanda Drops Out Of Secretary Of State Race

Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville)
Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville)

A Republican candidate for Secretary of State has dropped out of the primary fight, citing party unity as her reason.

Representative Dorothy Pelanda of Marysville was going head-to-head with Sen. Frank LaRose of Hudson in perhaps the biggest primary fight aside from the gubernatorial race.

Pelanda wrote in a statement that the Ohio Republican Party is a family that must stay strong and that’s why she was ending her candidacy.

In the last campaign finance report, Pelanda was trailing LaRose in fundraising by a few hundred thousand dollars.

LaRose is now running unopposed for the Republicans and would likely face Democratic Rep. Kathleen Clyde of Kent in the general election.

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