Ohio's 3rd District
Last Updated: Oct. 5, 2018, 11:47 a.m.
Ohio’s 3rd congressional district is an extremely urban district located in Central Ohio. It comprises most of the city of Columbus and is entirely contained by Franklin County. Since 2012, the district has been highly Democratic, with Joyce Beatty, the current incumbent winning at least 65% of the vote every year. Before Beatty was elected, Mike Turner, a republican won 5 consecutive elections, and before that, the district was highly Democratic. Beatty is running once again to defend her seat. Beatty was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1950 and has studied at Central State University, where she has a degree in Speech, Wright State University, where she has a degree in Counseling Psychology, and the University of Cincinnati. She worked at Ohio State University as the Senior-Vice President for Outreach and Engagement from 2008-2012, before which she was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives starting in 1999, at one point the minority leader. Beatty has focused her career on passing new gun legislation and expanding health coverage. Beatty’s opponent Jim Burgess grew up in Pickerington, Ohio, and attended Washington State Community College and Columbus State Community College, from which he has degrees in broadcast operations and business management, respectively. Burgess is the owner of the technology company, Common View, and the director of the Westerville TEA Party. Burgess unsuccessfully ran for representative on the Westerville City School District Board of Education in 2015. Burgess aligns himself with many of President Trump’s positions, including the creation of a Wall on the United States-Mexico border.
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