As wind turbine projects remain a hot topic for Seneca and Sandusky County voters, Fremont-based environmental engineer Ed Ollom, a candidate in the Republican primary for the 88th district Ohio House seat, said Wednesday that he is the only candidate in the race who “has the credentials” to get on the House Energy and Natural Resources committee.
“It’s a significant discriminator in the benefit of our candidacy,” Ollom said at a meet and greet event at Camden Falls Reception & Conference Center in Tiffin. “I’m the only candidate in this race, respectfully, who has the credentials to get on the Energy and Natural Resources committee, the Public Utilities committee, and the Environmental committee, where I will have an impact greater than just my single voice and vote in the statehouse.”
Ollom discussed a wide range of issues in a speech, including energy & environmental issues (including the Sunny Farms landfill in Fostoria), education, and the economy.
“My qualifications for this job include managing multi-million dollar projects throughout my career, working for government agencies at the federal, state, and local level, including early in my career working with NASA on the Mars Exploration Rover project,” Ollom said.
Ollom said he is a “solid conservative,” adding that he supports “intelligent investments in our infrastructure and schools.”
“The more decisions and resources we can relegate from Columbus down to our local towns and townships, the better,” he said.
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.
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 was recently endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party and touts a long list of endorsements from mayors and other officials in the 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.