Mayor heading to Columbus

McDonald chief headed to House

110816...R ELEX 7...Warren...11-08-16...
Glenn Holmes, running for Ohio State Rep.  of the 63rd District, right, holds his granddaughter Avery Chambers, 5, of Lordstown, as result come in while at Enzo's restaurant...by R. Michael Semple

110816...R ELEX 7...Warren...11-08-16... Glenn Holmes, running for Ohio State Rep. of the 63rd District, right, holds his granddaughter Avery Chambers, 5, of Lordstown, as result come in while at Enzo's restaurant...by R. Michael Semple

WARREN — The mayor of McDonald will be serving a bigger pool of constituents next year from a desk in Columbus.

With 60 percent of the vote, Democrat Glenn Holmes, 58, won a seat in the 63rd District of the Ohio House of Representatives, according to incomplete and unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Republican Devon Stanley, 44, of Girard, took 40 percent of the vote, with all 158 precincts in Trumbull County reporting, the incomplete and unofficial results state.

The two were competing for the seat Democrat Sean O’Brien decided not to pursue after winning three terms as he successfully sought a seat on the Ohio Senate this election.

Holmes, who was a council member before he was elected to lead the village, said the people want someone representing them who has a trusted record of working for the people, but that it would be hard to leave his position in McDonald.

“I don’t know if there is a better job than being a small town mayor, but I am excited for the new opportunity and looking forward to getting to work for the district,” Holmes said.

Stanley said Trumbull County politics has’t seen the last of him.

“Changing hearts and minds is a slow process. I am in this for the long haul,” Stanley said, vowing to look at the results precinct by precinct to see where he can improve and help the Republican presence in Trumbull County grow.

Stanley congratulated Holmes on the win and wished him luck with getting some of the cash in the state budget to the district’s local governments.

The first few months in the state office will be like “drinking from the fire hose,” Holmes said, but he is prepared to start working on solutions to the heroin epidemic.

“We need to concentrate on drug prevention education, so these epidemics don’t keep happening every 20, 30 years,” Holmes said.

Holmes said he will work to help the district “diversify manufacturing,” incentivize capital investments and get more small businesses up and running.

Regional cooperation and finding ways for the district’s municipalities to get ahead fit in to his plans for the near future, Holmes said, and he’d like to bring some cash from the state budget back to local governments to address some of the most dire issues.

rfox@tribtoday.com

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