FREMONT, Ohio — State representative candidate and current Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas (R-Clinton Township) attended Downtown Fremont’s holiday tree lighting Friday evening.
Thomas’s visit to Fremont is likely to be one of many, as he will need to introduce himself to Sandusky County voters if he wants to win the Republican primary for the 88th district Ohio House seat, which includes all of Sandusky County and the majority of Seneca County.
“A festive mood filled the air tonight,” Thomas said in a Facebook post Friday evening.
The 88th district seat is currently held by State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), who is term-limited and cannot run for re-election. Instead, Reineke is running for the Ohio Senate, district 26, in 2020.
While Reineke is locked up in his own heated primary race for the state senate seat, Thomas is facing off against two others who have announced their intentions to seek the Republican nomination for Reineke’s 88th district Ohio House seat: Fremont-based environmental engineer Ed Ollom, and controversial Fremont pastor and failed 2016 Sandusky County Commissioner candidate Gary Click.
Thomas graduated from Seneca East High School in 1986, from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1990 and from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate Banking School in 2004.
Thomas also studied graduate economics and finance at Bowling Green State University. Thomas spent time working for Fifth-Third, National City and First Bank of Ohio from 1990-1999. In 1999, Thomas was named the Vice President of Commercial Banking at Old Fort Bank.
In 2007, he left the bank to become the Vice President of Business Development at MGQ Inc., where he stayed until 2013. He also was a co-founder of MGQ Terminal from 2009-2015.
Thomas serves or has served on several county boards and committees including the Fostoria Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. board, the Kiwanis Club of Tiffin Board of Trustees, the Leadership Seneca County board, the Ritz Theatre Board, the Sandusky Valley Center Mental Health Center Board, the Seneca County Regional Planning Economic Development Committee, the Tiffin Columbian High School Musical board and the Tiffin-Seneca United Way Board of Trustees.
Thomas’ wife Angela is a professor at Bowling Green State University. They have lived in Clinton Township for 26 years, raising two children.
“The community has been good to me and I want to be able to give back to the community,” Thomas previously said. “I think it’s going to be a good fit.”
The primary election will take place in March 2020.