On Friday, Henry County Community Improvement Corp. Executive Director Robert McColley filed petitions to run as a Republican for state representative of Ohio's 81st House District.

On Friday, Henry County Community Improvement Corp. Executive Director Robert McColley filed petitions to run as a Republican for state representative of Ohios 81st House District.

I feel it is important that we have someone like myself who will fight for the rights of unborn, the rights of gun owners and who will advocate for traditional families, McColley said. I also feel Ohio is at an economic crossroad after the recent recession, so it is important we have someone in Columbus who promises to rein in government spending and who has a history of working with the needs of our small businesses and our manufacturing industries. This is important because a thriving economy leads to stronger families. Throughout my career as an attorney and now as an economic development professional, I have had many great opportunities to help local businesses and manufacturers grow and prosper. I look forward to taking that experience with me to Columbus.

McColley has been endorsed by the Henry County commissioners, Fulton County commissioners Perry Rupp and Bill Rufenacht, Henry County Auditor Kevin Garringer, Hamler Mayor Jeff Brubaker and the Northern Ohio Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

The economic director recently filed a campaign finance report which revealed approximately $20,000 in contributions to his campaign.

He will appear on the Republican primary ballot May 6 to represent Putnam, Henry, Williams and part of Fulton counties.

(Information courtesy of Robert McColley.)