A mayor, city and village councilmen, school board members, and others have put their names into contention for Wood County’s seat in the Ohio House, recently vacated by former Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R., Bowling Green).
Ms. Gavarone was recently sworn in as a state senator, replacing now higher education Chancellor Randy Gardner in that chamber’s 2nd District. The Senate district consists of Wood, Ottawa, and Erie counties; western Lucas; and most of Fulton.
That left the House vacancy in the 3rd District. The next representative to complete the nearly two years left in Ms. Gavarone’s term will be selected by the remaining Republicans in the chamber.
This was the same process that first brought Ms. Gavarone to the House in late 2016, when she was appointed to replace former Rep. Tim Brown (R., Bowling Green).
Those who have thrown their names in the ring include:
- Haraz N. Ghanbari, Perrysburg city councilman and former director of the University of Toledo’s military and veteran affairs.
- Ed Schimmel, Northwood mayor.
- Sue Larimer, Perrysburg School Board member.
- Matthew Beegle, North Baltimore village councilman.
- Tiffany Densic, Rossford School Board member.
- Peter Range, director of the Office for Life and Justice of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo.
- Mark Tolles, Grand Rapids attorney.
- John E. Clemons, of Northwood.
- Kathy W. Wojcicki, Bradner information technology specialist.
“I don’t know all of them, but the ones that I do know are high-caliber leaders and have potential to do a great job for Wood County,” county Republican Chairman Jon Jakubowski said.
The screening committee will interview candidates next week and make a recommendation for the full House Republican caucus. The chamber will next be in session on Wednesday.