Melissa in the News

Ackison goes viral in photo

Apr 26, 2020

SANDUSKY — State Senate candidate Melissa Ackison is finding out what it’s like to be included in a photo that’s gone viral.

Ackison, a Marysville resident, can be seen in a now-famous photo, originally published in the Columbus Dispatch and shared around the world on social media, showing angry protesters yelling and pressing their faces against glass at the Ohio Statehouse. The people in the photo appear to be Trump fans.

Ackison is a Republican candidate in the Ohio Senate District 26 primary election, scheduled to end Tuesday. She’s facing off against state Rep. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, in a district that includes Sandusky County. The GOP primary winner will face Democrat Craig Swartz in the fall election.

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Protesters on ending coronavirus stay-at-home orders.

April 19, 2019

 Protesters rally coast-to-coast demanding an end to their state's stay-at-home orders amid coronavirus pandemic..

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Pro-Trump protesters push back on stay-at-home orders

April 17, 2020

While many Americans are filled with fear, Melissa Ackison says the coronavirus pandemic has filled her with anger. The stay-at-home orders are government overreach, the conservative Ohio state Senate candidate says, and the labeling of some workers as “essential” arbitrary.

“It enrages something inside of you,” said Ackison, who was among those who protested Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s orders at the statehouse in Columbus with her 10-year-old son. She has “no fear whatsoever” of contracting the virus, she said Thursday, dismissing it as hype.

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Ohio Senate candidate attacks DeWine’s ‘tyranny’ in coronavirus response

April 14, 2020

Republican Melissa Ackison was among about 100 protesters outside the Statehouse during DeWine’s appearance inside on Monday.

A Ohio Senate candidate took part in a protest Monday of Gov. Mike DeWine’s handling of the coronavirus shutdown, accusing the fellow Republican of fear-mongering and calling him a tyrant.

About 100 protesters gathered outside the Statehouse during DeWine’s appearance at his daily news conference inside. At least one protester wore a Donald Trump hat, and many carried signs expressing opposition to the governor’s stay-at-home order or waved American flags.

In the crowd was Melissa Ackison, a Republican from Marysville running for the open District 26 seat. She said she agrees with Trump’s assertion that the president has authority over state governors in deciding to lift restrictions on the economy.

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Bill Reineke feeling ‘uneasy’ about upcoming GOP primary election against Melissa Ackison: source

March 14, 2020

State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) is reportedly feeling “uneasy” about Tuesday’s primary election, in which he’ll face off against small business owner and conservative activist Melissa Ackison (R-Marysville) for the 26th district state senate seat.

While Reineke, the wealthy heir to his family’s car dealership enterprise, has the on-paper advantage in the race against Ackison — more cash left in the bank, coveted endorsements from the Ohio Republican Party, Congressman Jim Jordan, and others — a source familiar with Reineke’s line of thinking told News that he is privately expressing concern to those close to him that Ackison could pull off a stunning victory.

The 26th district state senate seat includes Seneca, Sandusky, Marion, Morrow, Crawford, Wyandot, and Union counties. It is currently represented by Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville), who is term-limited and has endorsed Reineke for the seat.

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