Ginter wins second term as state rep

LISBON — A Salem minister has earned the trust of the county to continue serving at the state level.

Voters overwhelmingly supported Republican Tim Ginter for state representative from the Fifth District on Tuesday over his Democratic opponent John Dyce. According to complete but unofficial results from the Columbiana County Board of Elections, Ginter earned 70 percent of the vote out of the 44,086 who cast votes for that race.

Ginter is currently finishing his first two-year term.

During their campaigns, Ginter and Dyce both agreed they would like to see more accountability when it comes to funding for charter and online schools, more funding and resources to combat the growing drug problem, and an increase in local government funding from the state.

However, Dyce was not pleased with how the state voted on legislation that he claimed would have increased the LGF allocation from 1.66 percent to 2.25 percent. The amendment legislation offered up by Democratic legislators was tabled, he has said.

Meanwhile, Ginter is already working to address the school funding and LGF issues and has attended seminars to discuss the drug problem. With a foothold on the problems due to his first-term experience, Ginter has said he plans to continue making improvements in those areas.

Dyce has not held a political office although he is currently president of the Ohio State Association of Letter Carriers.

Dyce also felt more changes were needed from state legislators regarding taxes, and if elected, wanted to see a yearly review of the tax code enacted. He also felt that a majority of seniors citizens are not receiving enough retirement benefits and that legislators could have vote differently to address that.

Ginter, on the other hand, was optimistic the cuts included in the last state budget bill were beneficial. Specifically, the cuts were up to 75 percent in 2015 for businesses up to $200,000 and across the board cuts for families across the state, which he estimated were about $600 per family.

Some things Ginter is continuing to work on for the county as state representative are that medical marijuana is properly regulated, that county taxes do not go toward elective abortions, that the county health department can continue operating without a new required accreditation through the state and that standardized testing in schools is done in a more fair and equitable manner, with input from local administrators and teachers.

“I’m humbled and honored by the fact that the people of Columbiana County have chosen to send me back to Columbus to serve them another two years. I believe it’s a strong statement of how the voters feel on both sides of the aisle about how I have served them and I’m very grateful. I want to thank every person who voted for me and all of the volunteers who worked so hard on my behalf. I appreciate it,” Ginter said Tuesday night.