OHIO VALLEY — State Sen. Lou Gentile, Democrat from Ohio’s 30th Senate district, announced Tuesday he is seeking a second term in the Ohio Senate.
Gentile serves as the assistant minority whip and is a member of the Senate Finance Committee.
“We have accomplished many things working together these past four years,” Gentile said. “I’m running for re-election because there is still more to do.”
“I am optimistic about our future, and I want to continue my work to bring good jobs to the region so our young people stay and raise their families here,” he added.
Gentile has served as the district’s senator since his appointment in 2011 and is currently serving his first full term in the Ohio Senate after winning election to the seat in 2012.
He has previously served as the assistant director in former Gov. Ted Strickland’s Office of Appalachia. The office serves as an advocate for Ohio’s Appalachian region,with the goal of coordinating economic and community development to improve the lives of those living in the region.
Ohio’s 30th Senate district includes Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe, Noble and Washington counties, and parts of Athens and Vinton counties. Athens, Meigs and Vinton have been identified by the Appalachian Regional Commission as distressed counties and Gentile has been able to secure additional funding for economic development in the area through Ohio’s Appalachian Development Districts.
Gentile has been consistent in his efforts to urge state oil and gas companies to use local workers on new energy projects, As a Senate Finance Committee member, the senator successfully secured scholarship funding for college students seeking new energy jobs.
“I have a strong record of standing up for local workers, fighting for fair school funding and advocating for investment in our local communities and infrastructure,” Gentile said.
He has been an advocate for Ohio’s veterans and promoted a bill that became law in 2014, which gives college credit to veterans for their military service.
The senator is currently sponsoring a bill that would give small businesses a tax credit for hiring veterans.
“We have a moral obligation to provide educational and job opportunities to our heroes.” he said.
According to Gentile, his knowledge and experience in Appalachian Ohio helps him to address issues unique to the area.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.