COLUMBUS, OH (TiffinOhio.net News) — A controversial pastor from Fremont who served on Governor Mike DeWine’s Faith Advisory Council has resigned this week.
Gary Click, pastor of the Fremont Bible Baptist Temple who announced last month his candidacy for State Representative of Seneca and Sandusky counties, resigned from the Governor’s Faith Advisory Council on Tuesday.
Additionally, Click stepped down from his role as the national legislative director for the Buckeye Christian School Organization.
The controversial pastor says his decision to step down from these roles is solely to “focus on his race to represent the 88th district in the Ohio Statehouse.”
Click’s resignations come after the Seneca County Republican Party chairwoman, Vanessa Treft, could be heard on leaked voicemails blasting Click’s candidacy, saying, “He’s only doing all this bullsh*t for his own personal gain, and I’m f**king tired of it.”
In addition, following statewide media reports just a few weeks ago of Click “getting in the face of” and berating GOP Ohio Senate candidate Melissa Ackison, current State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) has distanced himself from the pastor.
“Mr. Click was not asked to attend the fair on behalf of our campaign and does not represent the campaign,” the statement from Reineke’s campaign said.
Click is running to succeed Reineke as the 88th district state representative, which includes Seneca and Sandusky counties. Reineke is currently running for State Senate.
So far, Click is the only announced candidate in the race for state representative in the 88th district.
Click’s behavior received statewide backlash, with many asking “how a pastor could act so cruel.”
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