OHIO VALLEY — Nick Owens officially announced his candidacy Tuesday for the position of Ohio Board of Education member representing the 10th District.
Owens is a practicing attorney who works as an assistant prosecutor for the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office, primarily handling criminal cases.
“A quality education is the key to a successful and productive life. All children in the state of Ohio deserve an education that enriches their minds and prepares them for future prosperity,” Owens said. “The building blocks for a vibrant Ohio start in the primary and secondary classrooms across our great state. We must never stop fighting tirelessly for the educational opportunities of Ohio’s children.”
The 10th District includes 17 counties (15 completely and two partially) for an estimated overall population of 1 million people. It includes Adams, Brown, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Greene, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Madison, Pickaway (partial), Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton (partial).
Owens said he wants to help improve public education’s graduation rates.
“I believe in our state and I believe in our public education system, but we must do a better job of increasing our public high school graduation rates. It is no secret that young adults who fail to earn diplomas face substantial employment difficulties the rest of their lives. Further, we must face the reality that children are exposed to drugs and the drug epidemic on a daily basis. One of the best ways to combat this problem is to fully bring back drug education and awareness classes to students of all ages. We must educate our youth to identify drugs and their harmful effects,” Owens added.
Owens grew up in Batavia, in Clermont County. He attended Batavia Local Schools from kindergarten through high school, and graduated in 2003. While in high school, Owens attended college full-time as a post secondary student at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College. In 2005, Owens graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in finance and real estate. He was the first person in his immediate family to graduate with a college degree.
Upon graduating from college, Owens began his public service career as an aide to Congresswoman Jean Schmidt of Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District, ultimately working in both her Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., offices.
In 2010, Owens left his congressional staff position and began law school at the University of Dayton School of Law, where he graduated in just two years. In 2012, Nick Owens was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio.
He accepted a position working as assistant prosecuting attorney in Brown County, where he works to this day. As a prosecutor, Owens was instrumental in the founding of the Brown County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force.
Owens also volunteers his time as a coach for the Western Brown High School Mock Trial team, which last season qualified for the state competition.
Additional campaign information can be found at: www.ElectNickOwens.com.