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Johnson vs. Roberts for U.S. Congress

LISBON — Incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson received more than 81 percent of the Republican votes in Columbiana County and even more of a percentage of the votes in several of the other counties throughout the 6th Congressional District in unofficial results in the May primary on Tuesday.

In the fall, Johnson is set to face Shawna Roberts of Belmont, who took 73 percent of the vote in Columbiana County against Werner Lange of Newton Falls in the Democratic primary.

With only Mahoning County unofficial results incomplete, Roberts had nearly 74.5 percent of the votes in the Democrat primaries throughout the 18-county 6th District, while Johnson had 84.1 percent of the votes in the Republican races.

Although he won the Republican vote handily against Robert Blazek of Bellaire, Johnson said he does not take anything for granted. He has a lot of work to do in the next few months as he balances time spent in Congress and time on the campaign trail for the general election.

“I’m humbled by the support I’ve gotten by the folks I represent,” Johnson said, adding he plans to spend the next few months continuing to do what he’s been doing. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”

He said the country is improving in the areas of economic growth and he wants to work on further increasing jobs, rebuilding the military and taking care of seniors throughout the district.

Likewise, a delighted Roberts said she believes the issues are what are important.

“It’s never been about Republican and Democrat,” Roberts said. “It’s about what’s best for the district.”

She said people she talks to are concerned about rebuilding the infrastructure, jobs and providing good schools for their children and that is what she will be fighting for in the future.

Roberts called the results “humbling and scary” and she added this is going to be interesting because it is a year when no one can predict what is going to happen. She plans to go out and try to meet as many of the 700,000 residents of the 6th District as she can and listen to their concerns.

Lange, who said he spent much of Tuesday throughout Columbiana County, said the outcome of the primary election must please the fracking industry and the Trump regime, because they now have no one to stand up against their oppression. Lange likened himself to Bernie Sanders with many of the same campaign ideals when it comes to the environment and universal health care and college.

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