When voters in Toledo and northwest Ohio go to the polls Tuesday, they’ll be casting ballots in state legislative districts that have been reconfigured and renumbered as a result of reapportionment that followed the 2000 census.

The reapportionment was carried out by Republicans, who dominate state government. All signs point to continuing GOP majorities in both the Ohio House and Senate, but that should not deter Toledo-area voters. While the changes to the districts may pose some confusion, the good news is that this year’s candidates - Democrats as well as Republicans - seem better prepared and the races more competitive.

One example is in House District 46, where four-term incumbent Rep. Lynn Olman (R., Maumee) is being challenged by Democrat Abbey Mortemore to represent Maumee, Toledo’s western and southwestern suburbs, and western Lucas County.

We endorse Lynn Olman for re-election because of his experience and demonstrated ability to get things done in the legislature’s Republican majority. Even so, we are impressed with the energy put into this race by Ms. Mortemore, community relations coordinator for the area organ and tissue bank, Life Connection of Ohio.

District 46 is heavily Republican, but Ms. Mortemore, 31, knows that Mr. Olman would be term-limited after two more years in the House, and she intends to run again if she isn’t successful this time. We hope she does.

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