Doug Chamberlain, candidate for the 85th Ohio House District seat, speaks Thursday during a campaign kickoff event at Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana. The 85th Ohio District covers all of Champaign, most of Logan and parts of Shelby County. (PHOTO | KIKI CHAMBERLAIN)
URBANA — Doug Chamberlain, a Republican candidate for 85th Ohio House District seat, hosted a campaign kickoff and open house event Thursday evening at Champaign Aviation Museum at Grimes Field in Urbana.
About 85 supports, including some elected officials from Champaign, Logan and Shelby counties, attended the two-hour event.
"The weather didn't stop our supporters," Mr. Chamberlain told the crowd as he presented the platform for his candidacy and laid out his qualifications to be a state representative.
"I have been fortunate to have a career that is a great combination of private sector experience, public sector experience and the experience of serving on various community boards, the Bellefontaine resident said, adding, I think that uniquely qualifies me to hold the position of a lawmaker; I understand the connection between government and the private sector.”
The former Logan County Family Court Judge and Logan County Prosecutor has held a variety of posts during a long career in the legal profession.
“For 34 years I was a private practice attorney representing families and businesses. From manufacturing to service providers to farmers, I have worked on legal issues that affect the most important industries of our district, Mr. Chamberlain said.
He also has served as village solicitor for Huntsville, DeGraff and Russells Point and worked on Logan County Area Community Improvement Corporation.
“No other candidate for this position can offer the same experience in both the private and public sectors."
Among the goals discussed by the candidate were job growth in Ohio.
"We need to lower taxes and reduce the restrictions and regulations that get in the way of job growth. A smaller less intrusive government at the state level would also benefit the food and agriculture community."
He also believes the state needs to be more supportive of local governments.
"Businesses and citizens need local government services such as police and fire protection, utilities and highways and financially sound local public schools, he said.
Cuts in local government funds and declining revenues have challenged local governments' ability to provide these needed services. The state needs to look for ways to help and support local government."
Chamberlain concluded his talk on the topic of gun ownership.
"We must be vigilant and protective of our second amendment rights."
The setting at the aviation museum was appropriate for Chamberlain who represents the second of three generations of pilots in his family.
Light refreshments were served by Doug and Michelle Hall of the Airport Café.
Chamberlain will face three Republican opponents in the May 6 primary election.