COLUMBUS – Third-term state Rep. Steve Hambley (69th District) announced he will not be seeking re-election to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2020.
Instead, he will seek to challenge Pat Geissman for the Board of Medina County Commissioners, where he previously held a seat for 18 years.
After being elected to succeed Rep. William G. Batchelder III in 2014 with 69 percent of the votes, Hambley was re-elected in 2016 by another 69 percent of the votes and in 2018 with 64 percent of the votes cast. Over the last five years, he has served on various House committees, including Finance, Ways & Means, Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, Education, State and Local Government, Judiciary and Civil Justice.
He currently serves as chair of the House Civil Justice Committee and co-chairs the Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee along with state Sen. Rob McColley.
“Since 2020 has an early March primary election scheduled, I wanted to announce my decision not to run for another term at this time in order to give an opportunity for some quality candidates in the 69th District to consider running for this important position,” Hambley said. “I have also decided to prepare for a campaign to return to the Board of Medina County Commissioners in 2020.”
Prior to being elected to the Ohio House, Hambley served as Medina County Commissioner for 18 years. He also served as a Brunswick city councilman for five years, chairing the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee and Economic Development Committee in the early 1990s.
“I have over sixteen months remaining on my term of office in the Ohio House and will continue to devote my time and efforts diligently representing the 69th district and Medina County. If I am successful with being elected to the January 3, 2021, seat of the Medina County Board of Commissioners, I will be able to bring with me six years of experiences and hard-won insight of state government processes, policies and groups that could benefit the interests of Medina County and its residents,” Hambley said.