Democrats Grim and Ortiz hope to represent Toledo at Ohio House

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — Ohio’s newly drawn 43rd District is considered safe for Democrats by a nearly two-to-one margin. The winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary election will likely secure a General Assembly seat for the first time.

43rd includes the Ottawa Hills and parts of Toledo, including the Old West End, the Old Orchard neighborhood, and parts of southwest Toledo.

Daniel Ortiz, a certified pharmacy technician, is challenging Toledo City Councilwoman Dr. Michele Grim for the right to face the winner of the Republican primary in November.

Grim won his seat on the Toledo City Council in 2021. Ortiz lost a council bid last year.

Ortiz says he wants to focus on legislation around prescription drug costs, something he comes across at the pharmacy register

“To see the look in their eyes when you say, ‘It’s $600 for a month’s supply’ and they just can’t afford it, it really lingers with you,” said Ortiz. “We need to do more at the state level. We can expand access to Medicaid and Medicare and get more people the health care they deserve.

Grim worked in public health for 15 years. She has advocated for abortion access for the past two decades and wants to repeal the current six-week abortion ban in Ohio. She boasts of her experience as president of the health committee of the Toledo city council.

“It’s been a very important role for me on city council,” Grim said. “We were able to resolve issues such as the cancellation of Roe v. Wade, mental health, strengthening health services in the city. I’m proud of it.

She recently launched a mail ad campaign targeting Ortiz’s votes as a citizen against levies to fund emergency services and road repairs.

“Primaries are about choice,” Grim said. “It would have been catastrophic for our city, and we would have spent years trying to recover from it.”

Ortiz said he doesn’t want funding to depend on taxes imposed on working families. He called the photos included in the ad campaign sensationalistic and misleading. He said in a statement that he felt the ads were crossing a line.

He said he wanted to serve in Columbus to bring a different perspective to issues.

“My experience is very similar to most people’s and yet very few people have our experience as a chosen one.”

Watch our full conversations with the candidates below.

Daniel Ortiz is challenging Michele Grim in the Democratic primary for Ohio’s 43rd district, which includes the Ottawa Hills and parts of Toledo.

Michele Grim is challenging Daniel Ortiz in the Democratic primary for Ohio’s 43rd district, which includes the Ottawa Hills and parts of Toledo.

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