After losing the three-way Republican primary for state representative of Ohio’s 88th House district, Fremont-based environmental engineer Ed Ollom said he will support Democratic candidate Chris Liebold, who currently serves as a Fremont city councilman, over the Republican nominee for the seat, controversial Baptist preacher Gary Click.
Ollom said in a statement that he was disappointed with the results of the primary election, but expressed gratitude for his supporters.
Click won the three-way race against Ollom and current Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas with 40.97% of the vote. Thomas garnered 35.77% of the vote and Ollom received 23.26%.
The 88th House district includes all of Sandusky County and the majority of Seneca County.
“I will be supporting Chris Liebold in the fall,” Ollom said. “Better a good Democrat than a bad Republican.”
Click, originally from Indiana, 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 in the area without any private sector experience, currently serves on the Republican State Central Committee, representing the 26th Senate district.
Click will face off against Liebold in the November general election.