MARYSVILLE, OH (TiffinOhio.net News) — Melissa Ackison is officially running for Ohio State Senate District 26 in order to “give a loud conservative voice” to the people of Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Morrow, Marion, and Union counties.
“With her experience as an independent business owner and working closely with local governments, she has the ability to relate to the hard-working tax-payers of this district,” a press release stated.
“As a mother of four boys, she also understands the hardships that may fall on a family’s plate and how far a couple extra bucks can really go. Ackison will have a sharp focus on creating jobs, promoting small business, and strengthening our depleted vocational schools and skills training,” the release continued.
“As an independent business owner and mother of four boys, I know what it’s like to struggle and make ends meet. Our political climate in Columbus is in shambles. It seems these politicians get elected, get comfortable in Columbus, cozy up to lobbyists, and leave the hard working men and women of this great state behind in the process. I fight to brighten the path for you and your family.”
The 26th district seat is currently held by Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville).
Bill Reineke, who currently serves as the House District 88 state representative representing Sandusky and Seneca counties, announced earlier this month that he plans to run for Burke’s seat in 2020. Reineke, whose family runs a chain of auto dealerships, cited job training and job creation as top issues. Burke cannot seek another term because of term limits.
Ackison, who ran in the 2018 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, and came in third behind Jim Renacci and Mike Gibbons, describes herself on her Facebook profile as a “Liberty loving, gun toting, Bible carrying, 80/90’s hip hop enthusiast & habitual line stepper.” She criticized Reineke in a Facebook post after attending his campaign announcement event, calling him an “establishment candidate.”
Ackison calls Reineke an “establishment candidate.”
“[Reineke] has ZERO major legislative accomplishments under his belt as a state rep, is rated as a “somewhat conservative” and is another wealthy stately looking gentleman (not that I ever expect any level of diversity),” Ackison noted.