OHIO VALLEY — Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) was the projected winner of the 93rd district for the Ohio House of Representatives as of press time Tuesday evening.
According to vote.ohio.gov, incumbent and Speaker of the House Smith led votes with 27,910 to democrat opponent Sarah Thomas-Bush with 9,586 votes.
“In all of these elections, I feel so humbled by the support of the people of the 93rd district,” said Smith. “I feel like I’ve worked hard to advance the district and I think people recognize and appreciate that. I’m honored to have one more term to represent them and as Speaker I hope to make some advancements in the district.”
“We’re still working on the same things we’ve been working on,” said Smith. “The broadband bill is still out there that I want to get done to get some money in the district so we can get that expanded. There are a lot of educational opportunities in K-12, and (Smith is) trying to get some more money in the school funding plan, plus there is opportunity at Rio Grande Community College and University. I’ve always said education is a pathway out of poverty and that’s an area I really want to focus on.”
Smith began his career in politics after running for the Gallipolis City School Board in 2007. In 2011, Representative John Carey resigned before Smith would announce his candidacy for the 2012 election. Smith would win the 2012 election and again in 2014 and 2016. Smith was elected the Ohio Speaker of the House in June of this year.
“It is important to me that southeast Ohio have the strongest voice it can have in the state legislature. Being Speaker gives me the greatest opportunity to make a difference for the families in our region,” said Smith in a previous statement to Ohio Valley Publishing. “The drug addiction crisis has plagued our area, as it has most areas throughout the state. Last year, we passed a bill that invested $180 million to help local communities tackle the opioid problem through treatment, prevention and workforce development efforts. That, as well as building a stronger environment for job creation and business growth, will continue to be top priorities of mine for as long as I serve in public office.”
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.