Carey to seek state rep seat

Published 10:15 am Friday, July 31, 2009

State Senator John Carey (R-Wellston) has announced that he plans to seek the 87th Ohio House of Representatives seat being vacated by Rep. Clyde Evans.

That district includes Gallia, Jackson, Vinton and parts of Lawrence and Ross Counties.    

Both he and Evans are term limited and cannot seek another term in their current posts.

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“I believe that with my experience that I can best serve the constituents of the 87th district.  It is important to have the experience and background to fight what is right for families and taxpayers in the this region and across Ohio,” Carey said.

Among Carey’s legislative accomplishments is the creation of the Home First program that allows seniors to return home from a nursing homes with the support necessary.

He also rewrote the fireworks law after the Scottown strategy to prevent such an event from happening again.    Other legislative initiatives include the Silver Alert for missing seniors and the Gold Star License plate to honor our fallen soldiers.   

Carey said he is also proud of his efforts to create jobs.

“One of the things I have prided myself on is working with stakeholders such as the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation and the chamber of commerce to bring funds to both the industrial park in Ironton and The Point,” Carey said.

If elected to the senate, his goals are to reform business regulations and the tax code to make the state more business friendly and more competitive with other states. He said he also wants to work to insure the area’s natural resources are used to their maximum potential.

Carey has served as Chairman of the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee for the past three legislative sessions.   

 “I look forward to continue to represent the people of the 87th House District.    I will continue to work toward policies that will lead to jobs, the best education possible and a state government that is efficient and responsible to the people it serves,”  Carey said.    

Carey lives in Wellston with his wife, Lynley, and their two sons, Justin and Jordan who are students in Wellston City Schools.