Anthony Gonzalez, a former Indianapolis Colts first-round draft pick who also stared at Ohio State, won the Republican primary for Ohio’s 16th congressional district on Tuesday.
According to USA Today, Gonzalez topped Rep. Christina Hagan and physician Michael Grusenmeyer with 53 percent of the vote in the Republican race to replace Rep. Jim Renacci, who isn’t running for re-election. He’ll face Democrat Susan Moran Palmer, who won the six-candidate Democratic primary, in November.
“Our goal has been to authentically represent our shared values while articulating our vision for the future of Northeast Ohio and our great country,” Gonzalez said in a social media post following his victory. “As we look forward to the November election and a new challenge, we will continue to double down on this same strategy.”
Gonzalez, 33, reportedly began his run for the U.S. House of Representatives in August of 2017 and raised over $500,000 in the first month after announcing his bid, including contributions from former Colts teammate Peyton Manning and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
Selected by Indianapolis in the first-round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Gonzalez played five seasons in the league with the Colts and the New England Patriots before his career ended in 2012 due to knee injuries.