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GOP state rep candidate Ed Ollom to host first meet and greet event in Tiffin

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Fremont-based environmental engineer Ed Ollom, a candidate in the Republican primary for the 88th district Ohio House seat, will host a January meet and greet event in Tiffin, his campaign announced Monday.

SEE ALSO: Meet the candidates: Three running so far in Republican primary for state representative

Ollom’s meet and greet event will take place Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Camden Falls Reception & Conference Center.

“There will be refreshments and Hors d’oeuvres served free of charge at this relaxed come and go style event that gives Sandusky and Seneca County voters in the 88th district the opportunity to ask questions, make statements and get to know Ed Ollom before the March 17th Primary election,” an event description from Ollom’s campaign Facebook page states.

Ollom is locked up in a heated primary race for the 88th district Ohio House seat, which is currently held by Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin).

Reineke is term-limited, meaning he can’t run for re-election to that seat, so he’s now seeking a promotion to state senator. Reineke is running against Marysville businesswoman and conservative activist Melissa Ackison in the Republican primary.

In addition to Ollom, two other candidates have announced their intentions to seek the Republican nomination for the Statehouse seat: Gary Click and Shayne Thomas.

Gary Click is a former community theater actor and currently works as a pastor at Fremont Baptist Temple. Click, one of the first candidates for state office from our area without any private sector experience, currently serves on the Republican State Central Committee, representing the 26th Senate district.

Click has come under fire after a video surfaced showing him berating a female GOP candidate for the Ohio Senate, Melissa Ackison, calling her “trash,” a “phony,” and other insults.

Back when rumors were flying high about Click’s potential candidacy, Seneca County Republican Party chairwoman Vanessa Treft said in a voicemail that Click is only running for State Representative “for his own personal gain.”

“[Click] is only doing all this bullsh*t for his own personal gain, and I’m f*cking tired of it,” Treft said.

Shayne Thomas currently serves as president of the Seneca County Board of Commissioners. 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.

SEE ALSO: Meet the candidates: Three running so far in Republican primary for state representative


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