Former Ohio Rep Beatty wins Democratic primary bid

JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A former state representative has won the Democratic primary for a new Columbus district created to lean toward a black candidate.

Joyce Beatty prevailed in a four-way race over former congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy; state Rep. Ted Celeste, the brother of a former Ohio governor; and city Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson. Beatty, who is black, had received the endorsement of popular Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.

Kilroy lost her 2010 bid for re-election to Republican Steve Stivers by a thin margin and beat him in 2008 by less than a percentage point. The two now live in separate districts.

In November, Beatty will face the winner of a Republican Chris Long, as well as Green and Libertarian candidates. The district is weighted heavily toward the Democrat.