Interesting Times at the Ohio Statehouse

Oct 26, 2017 | Advocacy

Chris Schmenk.
Bricker & Eckler.

While 2018 promises to be a banner year for Ohio politics, activity at the Ohio Statehouse has already started to get interesting. This week, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) confirmed rumors that he may be exploring a run for Ohio Auditor of State in 2018.

When asked about this possibility by reporters, Speaker Rosenberger said he’s been humbled by phone calls from people encouraging him to run, and that “I’m having very serious conversations with folks across the state. I’m going to continue to have them, and I hope to make a decision really soon,” he said. Representative Keith Faber (R-Celina), who was the former Senate President, has been officially running for the Republican nomination for Auditor of State since January 2017. Speaker Rosenberger’s entrance into the race would create a tough primary for the Republican nomination. Speaker Rosenberger is term limited and currently in his final two-year term in the Ohio House. Some have asked if the Speaker formally decides to enter the race for Auditor of State, whether he will step down as Speaker or continue in that position for the remainder of the 132nd General Assembly? On the Democratic side, former U.S. Rep. Zack Space announced his campaign for the nomination for auditor in August. Other pundits have Speaker Rosenberger running for County Commissioner in his home county of Clinton. The OEDA will continue to keep you advised of these interesting developments.

Additionally, last week, Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, resigned from the Ohio Senate after acknowledging that he engaged in inappropriate conversations and behavior with a state employee. Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced that the Senate Republican Caucus will seek to fill the 1st Senate District seat quickly. The 1st Senate District includes all of Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams counties and parts of Auglaize, Fulton, and Logan counties in Northwest Ohio. Assistant Majority Whip Representative Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) has expressed his interest in the appointment. Representative Craig Riedel (R-Defiance) has also decided to apply for the appointment. The Senate Republicans are accepting applications until 4 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017. A Senate panel will then hold in-person meetings with the candidates. We will inform you of the new appointee once the Senate concludes its process.

Port Authority Celebrates Award-Winning SBDC Member

(Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority is pleased to congratulate David Riggs, Director of the SBDC at Miami Regionals, for being named Ohio’s SBDC State Star in 2021.

America’s SBDC, the national association that represents the nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), annually recognizes one outstanding SBDC employee from each of its 62 members. This outstanding employee exhibits exemplary performance, makes a significant contribution to their state or regional SBDC program, and shows a strong commitment to small business. Using a peer-based selection process, the Ohio SBDC network selected David Riggs for Ohio’s SBDC State Star.

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Tiffin Foundry and Machine to invest in new machinery and equipment

Tiffin Foundry and Machine has announced it will purchase new machinery and hire more staff with assistance from a $50,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant. Tiffin Foundry has eight employees in Tiffin, and has an additional operation in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

JobsOhio’s grant, secured with assistance from the Regional Growth Partnership, will support a planned $321,923 in machinery and equipment upgrades and three new jobs. In addition, Tiffin Foundry and Machine worked with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County on other potential incentives to support the company’s growth.

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