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Election Snapshot

The election last week will impact GCP’s advocacy efforts for years to come.  Short highlights from the election are listed below.  


No Blue Wave in Ohio
Republicans were victorious in all five statewide constitutional office races and have won roughly 90% of the elections for these offices since 1990.  Vote percentages below:

  • Governor:  Attorney General Mike DeWine 51% - Richard Cordray 46%
  • Attorney General:  Auditor Dave Yost 52% - Steve Dettelbach 47%
  • Auditor: State Representative Keith Faber 50% - Former Congressman Zach Space 46%
  • Treasurer: State Representative Robert Sprague 54% - Robert Richardson 46%
  • Secretary of State: Senator Frank LaRose 51% - State Representative Kathleen Clyde 46%

Mike DeWine wins Gubernatorial Election

  • The race was not as close as many pundits expected.  Several of the latest polls had DeWine and Cordray even going into Election Day in what was a rematch of their close 2010 Attorney General Election.
  • DeWine won 79 out of the 88 counties in Ohio.  
  • DeWine’s earliest comments since his election have opioids, workforce development, innovation, and engaging local communities in policy-making.  

Ohio Speaker’s Race / House Make Up

  • As of this writing, Speaker Smith appears likely to retain his leadership position in the new General Assembly.  Former Speaker Larry Householder is challenging Smith to regain the position he held in the early 2000s.
  • Democrats picked up seats in the State House but the Republican’s retain a veto-proof majority.  The Republican Majority in the House will reduce from 66-33 to 62-37.  

NEO Statehouse Races

  • All the expected and/or incumbent General Assembly officials were victorious (Rep. Greenspan, Sen.-Elect Manning, Rep.-Elect Manning, Sen.-Elect Antonio, Sen. Williams, Sen. Yuko, Rep. Patton, Rep. Boyd, Rep. Howse, Rep.-Elect Skindell). 
  • One of the few seats to flip parties is in District 6 (south/southeast suburban Cleveland).  Phil Robinson (D) narrowly defeated Jim Trakas (R).

Senate Leadership / Ohio Senate Make Up

  • Senate President Larry Obhof (Medina) will retain his leadership post.  
  • Republican’s enhanced their majority with a net one seat pick up (plus filling a vacant R) seat.  The Republican’s will hold the Senate with a 25 to 8 seat advantage over Democrats.

Issue 1 – Sentencing Reform  

  • Defeated by 27 points and lost in 86 out of 88 counties.  Legislative leaders are already discussing a possible move to make it more difficult to pass initiated constitutional amendments.  Sen. President Obhof is also discussing potential sentencing reforms.  


U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown wins Third Term in U.S. Senate

  • Sen. Brown beat challenger Congressman Jim Renacci 53% to 47%.  Senator Brown will be at GCP for a Morning Conversation on December 10th.  Click for more information.

NEO Congressional Races

  • All the expected and/or incumbent officials were victorious with double digit margins (Rep. Fudge, Rep. Joyce, Rep. Kaptur, Rep.-Elect Gonzalez, Rep. Gibbs).

U.S. House  - Flips to Democrat

  • As the Caucus sorts out their leadership posts, keep an eye on Congressman Tim Ryan (who ran for Speaker in 2017).


Executive Budish Wins Executive Race Easily

  • Executive Budish beat challenger Peter Corrigan by almost 35 points.

Ohio’s Data Protection Act, Why It Matters

In 2017, 61% of small businesses experienced a cyberattack and small- to mid-size businesses spent an average of $1 million as a result of the damage done from cyberattacks. Ohio’s Data Protection Act was conceived in response to cyber threats on businesses and was introduced as a result of GCP volunteer leadership and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s CyberOhio initiative.

Launched in 2016, the goal of CyberOhio is to help foster a legal, technical and collaborative cybersecurity environment to help Ohio businesses thrive. The Data Protection Act was signed into law in August 2018 (effective November 2, 2018) and it encourages businesses to voluntarily adopt strong cybersecurity practices to protect consumer data. In addition, it specifies industry-recognized security frameworks for business owners in Ohio to incorporate into their cybersecurity policies. 

With effective protections against this type of business-related crisis, customers can be spared the expense, embarrassment and harm caused by having their information compromised.  An incentive to businesses owners who establish a cybersecurity program that meets one of the act’s requirements is that the business is eligible to use the affirmative defense in the event of a lawsuit filed due to a data breach.  And, the initiative is inherently flexible. Under this act, a cybersecurity program is scalable to each business based on: size, complexity, nature, cost, and resources.

Lastly, and importantly, language was included that generally states:  
• "A record or contract that is secured through blockchain technology is considered to be … an electronic record.”
• “A signature that is secured through blockchain technology is considered to be … an electronic signature.”

Learn more about the Data Protection Act, why the GCP led the way in support of it, and how it could help safeguard your business. 

Take the Ohio Common Sense Initiative State Regulatory Survey

Since 2011, the Lieutenant Governor has led Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Office which is intended to promote innovation and common sense regulation of Ohio’s businesses.  The Governor’s order that created CSI explicitly recognized that Ohio’s business community is a partner in the state’s success, so while regulations play an important role in promoting fair competition and protecting the public, they should do so in a way that also facilitates economic opportunity and balance.  

COSE and the Greater Cleveland Partnership quickly understood the importance of this order and two volunteer members serve on the CSI Small Business Advisory Council.

The CSI Office functions as a partnership between the administration, state agencies, the business community, and the public to develop a regulatory framework that balances the important need for regulation with the equally important need to promote economic opportunity and job creation. 

Below is a link to this year’s CSI business survey. Please take a few minutes provide your feedback by completing this survey.  Your feedback is important to the success of the CSI Office and its continuation going forward to help the current administration and incoming administration identify specific areas where government hinders the business community’s growth. 

All responses are anonymous unless you choose to provide your contact information at the end of the survey.

Click the link to start the 2018 CSI Annual Business Survey. 

Nominate Your Emerging Leaders for GCP LEAD

We are still accepting nominations of emerging leaders from Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies for the 2019 GCP LEAD Cohort 4. You may nominate one or two individuals.

GCP LEAD (Link. Engage. Advocate. Develop.) was created because the GCP recognizes the importance of cultivating our region’s future business and community leaders through becoming engaged in the GCP's work.  

Nominees must have at least five years of professional experience and an interest in getting involved in the GCP's priority areas of education and workforce, advocacy, diversity and inclusion, business development, physical development, and small and middle market initiatives. 

To submit your nomination(s), please contact Angela Finding at

Volunteer to Help CMSD Students at The Resume Checkpoint Workshop

GCP members are invited to continue the resume education process with Cleveland Metropolitan School District Academies of Cleveland 11th graders at a follow-up Resume Checkpoint event on November 13th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

The Resume Checkpoint is a continuation of a workshop held in August and is part of a series to help 11 grade students develop and improve their resumes so the resumes are “employer-ready” as they begin seeking jobs and internships.  The goal is for volunteers to review what the students have been working on from August to November and provide feedback to the student to help them further improve their resumes.

The Resume Checkpoint will be held at East Professional Development Center. For questions or to sign up, contact Angela Finding at or 216-592-2385.

Ohio Chamber Honors Members at Anniversary Gala

GCP was one of the founding members of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce when it was formed at a convening of business leaders in Cleveland in 1893.  Last week, the Ohio Chamber honored and recognized the founding organizations that remain as current members at their 125th Anniversary Gala.  The dinner reception was attended by business and government leaders from across the state.