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Fremont city councilman Chris Liebold planning to run for state representative Staff




FREMONT, Ohio — A Fremont city councilman is planning to launch his candidacy for state representative of Ohio’s 88th House district soon, News has learned.

Christopher Liebold, a Democrat, has started to collect petition signatures to get on the primary ballot for the 88th district seat, which represents all of Sandusky County and the majority of Seneca County.

Liebold is a recent University of Toledo College of Law graduate and works at a law firm in Fremont alongside serving as a city councilman.

Although he has not yet officially announced his candidacy, Liebold is the only Democratic candidate actively collecting petition signatures to be on the ballot for the seat, according to a source familiar with local Democratic candidates.

On the Republican side, three candidates have announced their intentions to run for the seat: Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas; controversial Fremont pastor and failed Sandusky County Commissioner candidate Gary Click; and Fremont environmental engineer Ed Ollom.

Originally from Green Springs, Liebold moved to Fremont and was elected to city council in 2018. Liebold also currently serves as Chairman of the Sandusky County Democratic Party.

Previously, Liebold unsuccessfully ran for Sandusky County Commissioner in 2016, the same year he pleaded guilty to an OVI charge.

“Like anything else in life, it’s not how you fall down, but how you pick yourself back up that truly matters. It’s time to move on and face larger issues that affect the people,” Liebold previously told the Fremont News-Messenger of the charge.

The primary election will take place in March 2020. The deadline for candidates to file to run in the primary is December 18.

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