FREMONT, Ohio — Former state representative candidate Ed Ollom (R-Fremont) says fellow Republican and controversial Baptist preacher Gary Click (R-Vickery) would “embarrass” the 88th Ohio House district, which includes all of Sandusky County and the majority of Seneca County, if elected in November.
Ollom, an environmental enginneer, previously endorsed Click’s opponent in the upcoming general election, Chris Liebold (D-Fremont), who serves on Fremont City Council.
“Better a good Democrat than a bad Republican,” Ollom said following the 2020 primary election in which he and current Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas lost the three-way Republican race to Click.
“I have endorsed Chris [Liebold],” Ollom told The Hub Auction Newspaper. “We have had some Republicans embarrass Sandusky County and the Republican Party; I believe Click would be the worst of all.”
Click, 54, originally from Indiana, is a former community theater actor and currently works as a pastor at Fremont Baptist Temple. Click currently serves on the Republican State Central Committee, representing the 26th Senate district.
Liebold, 29, has served on Fremont City Council since 2017, representing the city’s Fourth Ward. He has also served as the Sandusky County Democratic Party chairman and as a law clerk at the firm of Albrechta & Coble, Ltd.
On Tuesday, Liebold announced an exhaustive list of endorsements he has received in the race for state representative. The endorsements include the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75, Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (AFSCME) Local 11, Ohio Education Association’s Fund for Children and Public Education, Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, Senator Sherrod Brown, former Governor Ted Strickland, and more.
Click and Liebold are facing off in the November general election for the seat representing the 88th Ohio House district. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), who has served three terms as state representative and is currently running to represent the 26th Ohio Senate district.