PREBLE COUNTY — Another high-profile race on the November ballot will be for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District, where Dr. Vanessa Enoch (D) will attempt to unseat incumbent Rep. Warren Davidson (R).
Ohio’s 8th Congressional District includes 731,637 residents in Butler County, Clark County, Darke County, Miami County, Preble County, and parts of Mercer County.
Rep. Davidson was first elected to the seat in 2016, taking 68.8 percent of the vote in the general election.
In 2018, Rep. Davidson won reelection over Enoch, winning 66.6 percent of the vote versus Enoch’s 33.4 percent.
In the primary earlier this year, Rep. Davidson defeated Edward Meer 53,452-5,125 (91.3-8.7) and Enoch defeated Matthew Guyette 24,297-6,269 (79.5-20.5) to appear on the November ballot.
According to Rep. Davidson’s campaign website, he enlisted in the Army as an infantryman after high school as part of the 3rd Infantry Division, where he was stationed in Germany.
“After the Army, Rep. Davidson returned home, worked with his father, earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and spent fifteen years owning and operating manufacturing companies in Ohio,” his website reads. “In 2016, he again responded to the call of service, and came to work in the U.S. House of Representatives.”
In the U.S. House, Rep. Davidson has served on the following committees and caucuses: Financial Services Committee, Republican Study Committee, House Freedom Caucus, Second Amendment Caucus, Steel Caucus, Warrior Caucus, Values Action Team and the Army Caucus.
Rep. Davidson and his wife Lisa have been married for 24 years and have two adult children.
“[Rep. Davidson] believes it’s not compassionate to bankrupt America, financially or morally,” his website reads. “In Congress he works to defend freedom against growing attacks and advance a pro-growth economic agenda that keeps America the world’s greatest land of opportunity.”
According to Enoch’s campaign website, she is a public policy and business consultant who is passionate about social justice and human rights.
She has been a small business owner for many years and has 16 years of corporate operations experience.
She has been a resident of West Chester, Ohio, for nearly 18 years, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Concentration in Information Technology from Xavier University. She also has two daughters and is a devout Christian.
“For over 20 years, Dr. Enoch has been leading local efforts to drive change in local communities,” her website reads. “Most recently, she has worked alongside state legislators and state court judges to ensure fairness within the criminal justice system and the jury selection process. Enoch is concerned that Ohio’s prisons are filled with individuals who are poor, mentally ill, and disproportionately from minority communities. Not only is this a social justice issue, but also has a direct impact on how taxpayers’ dollars are spent.”