COLUMBUS, Ohio -- State Rep. Michael Stinziano, D-Columbus, plans to continue to represent citizens and business of central Ohio by seeking election to the Ohio House in the newly constituted 18th Ohio House District.
Stinziano, an attorney and the former director of the Franklin County Board of Elections who is in his first two-year term in the Ohio House, said he made his decision after speaking with his wife, Caroline and with community leaders.
‘My work in the General Assembly is unfinished. Now, more than ever, voters need leaders who are willing to help solve the critical issues facing Ohioans and I hope to be able to continue to do that,” Stinziano said.
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue helping the neighborhoods of the 18th District that are in the district I currently represent and to the opportunity to introduce my record of achievement and constituent service to voters in the University Community, Grandview Heights, and Bexley, all of which are in the new 18th House District,” Stinziano said.
Stinziano, who resides in Columbus in Victorian Village, grew up in the University Community while spending considerable time throughout the 18th District and said that he knows the issues that are important to voters in this new district.
“Working with residents and local businesses, we can make our great community the best place to live, work and raise a family in Ohio,” Stinziano said.
Stinziano said he believes there is more work necessary at the state level to create jobs and that he is also committed to ensuring there are enhancements to Ohio’s election laws so that every qualified voter has the fullest opportunity to participate in our democracy. Stinziano said he wants to work towards an election system that is free, fair, open and honest.
Stinziano said he’s also committed to continuing his work to:
- protect our young athletes from concussion injuries
- encourage the elderly and disabled to make improvements to their homes so that they can stay in them safely and for longer periods of time
- protect all young people from being bullied, including those who are gay/lesbian/bisexual and transsexual.
- provide tax incentives to people to get involved in making sure their neighborhoods are safe and crime free
- boost the criminal penalties for those who prey upon pharmacies
- protect the identities of victims of sexual and other assaults by those who would use public records to identify them by creating an “address confidentiality” register.
Stinziano, who worked on the legal staff for former Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, serves on the House Insurance, Judiciary and Ethics, Public Utilities and State Government and Elections Committees.
Stinziano is a graduate of The Ohio State University law school and holds a master’s degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond.