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Ohio Chamber of Commerce endorses Republican candidate Shayne Thomas for state rep

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The Ohio Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that its political action committee has endorsed Shayne Thomas (R-Clinton Township) in the three-way Republican primary race for state representative of the 88th Ohio House district.

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

“I’m very pleased that the Chamber of Commerce has recognized my extensive private sector experience,” Thomas said in a statement. “I am among the select few in the State of Ohio to receive this coveted endorsement.”


According to a press release regarding the endorsement, “the Ohio Chamber of Commerce represents Ohio’s business voice. Founded in 1893, the Ohio chamber is one of the state’s oldest business organizations. The Ohio Chamber is led by a volunteer board of directors that consists of 66 business leaders from all over the state.”

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 said. “I think it’s going to be a good fit.”

The primary election will take place March 17.

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