Jeff McClain said he hopes to continue serving as a member of the House of Representatives to create a climate to bring jobs to the area.
McClain, who is in his second term representing the 82nd District, is running in the newly created 87th District. McClain said he hopes to use his experience in helping to set taxes appropriately, cut back on bureaucracy and regulations and insure infrastructure is in place to entice job growth.
McClain, who lives in Upper Sandusky, has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Tiffin University. For 26 years, he was Wyandot County auditor, and he has used that experience by sitting on the Finance and Ways and Means Committee at the Statehouse.
In the area of finances, McClain said he is happy state lawmakers were able to pass a budget which included closing an $8 billion shortfall without raising taxes, and "getting government back to a sustainable level."
He now sits on the Health and Human Services Committee, where he said he hopes to continue serving, as they work to make changes to Medicaid, which he said could save $1 billion for the state while still providing services for Ohio's neediest citizens.
"It's been an exciting time in Columbus," he said. "It's been difficult, but already we've started to see improvements with jobs. I hope people realized we're trying make things better moving forward."
The 87th House District contains about 4,000 residents in Big Spring and Loudon townships.