Ginter, Dyce set for rematch

LISBON — The race for state representative is a rematch from 2016.

State Rep. Tim Ginter, R-Salem, is opposed by Democrat John Dyce of Guilford Lake, who Ginter defeated 71 percent to 29 percent to win a second term.

Both candidates issued brief statements after filing their candidacy petitions. This is what they had to say:

“It has been a real privilege to serve the people of Columbiana County. I have worked hard to represent them in Columbus and I pledge to do so in the future,” Ginter said.

He currently serves as chairman of the Ohio House Community and Family Advancement Committee and has sponsored legislation that will exempt organizations representing disabled military veterans from paying property taxes. Ginter also voted in favor of providing $180 million in funding for innovative community-based programs to fight the opioid addiction problem.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger praised Ginter, describing him as a steadying influence that he has come to rely on. “His calm demeanor and the care and passion with which he handles his business are just two of the many reasons that his colleagues and clearly the voters of Columbiana County have such a high regard for him,” he said.

Dyce, in his statement, said he has seen the impact of decisions made by our elected officials and that is what has motivated him to run again. “It’s time to put our people first,” he declared.

“The foundation of a prosperous community includes diverse educational opportunities, good jobs that pay a living wage, access to quality health care and a strong infrastructure. If we are serious about addressing Columbiana County’s economic challenges and transforming into a new economy, we need a far greater investment in Ohioans, in real people,” Dyce concluded.