State Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, on Monday announced his bid for re-election to the 69th District seat.
Hambley, 63, said he filed his petitions Monday at the Medina County Board of Elections.
The deadline for candidates to file for the May 8 primary is Feb. 7, and the board has until Feb. 19 to certify petitions.
Hambley earned 69 percent of the vote in the 2014 and 2016 general elections. He amassed 23,179 out of 33,489 votes cast in 2014, and was re-elected in 2016 with 40,972 out of 59,611 votes cast.
If he’s successful in May, he’d be eligible for one additional two-year term because of term limits (four consecutive terms).
“If I’m re-elected again (this year and in 2020), God-willing, I’d be 68,” he said in a phone interview. “If the voters don’t want you, you pick other things to do.”
At that point, he said, he’d like to return to teaching at the college level. Hambley has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Akron.
Hambley said he considers helping to balance the state’s budget as his crowning achievement.
“I have worked diligently to continue the progress that has been made over the past few years in rebuilding our state’s economy,” he said in a statement. “In this term, we passed a fiscally responsible budget that prioritized Ohio’s needs and did not raise taxes. Lowering taxes, a more responsive and smaller government, and promoting a bright economic future have been the cornerstone of my legislative priorities and will continue to guide my work for as long as I am serving Medina County in Columbus.”
He said although the state has had to deal with the opioid crisis, it still was still able to provide more money for education.
Hambley serves on the following House committees: Education and Career Readiness; Ways and Means; and State and Local Government, where he is vice chair.
He also was appointed by House Speaker Clifford A. Rosenberger as a member of the Joint Education Oversight Committee and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.
Hambley, a 1972 Brunswick High School graduate, previously served five years on Brunswick City Council and 18 years as a Medina County commissioner.
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