Ohio House 76th: Kostyo (D) to Run as Write-in Candidate
Attorney John F. Kostyo (D-Findlay), who briefly considered running for the Ohio 4th Congressional District seat of retiring Rep. Mike Oxley (R), has announced that he will jump into the 76th Ohio House District race as a write-in candidate. The 76th District is in Hancock, Hardin and Auglaize Counties. Incumbent Rep. Mike Gilb (R-Findlay) is retiring, after considering a run for the Ohio Senate and then halting a brief campaign for the 4th Congressional District seat. Kostyo was prompted to join the 76th District race by the recent withdrawal of the only Democrat in the race, Brett Molk, for health reasons. Kostyo's campaign website is here. Kostyo makes the following remarks in his press release:
"I look at our District and ask, are we better off today than when we grew up here? Are we better off than we were four years ago? The answer is no. We have lost jobs to economically expedient labor or outsourcing in China, Asia or Mexico. We lose jobs only to have inferior goods returned that are sold at inflated prices. Our District has been left without a practical focus on community issues and business. ... We must make sure there is continued funding for our schools; support for education and educators; support for local law enforcement in the protection of our homes and communities; and laws that stimulate business and job growth in our District. It is time we focus our state budget on the people who live in this State rather than a pay-to-play political agenda.
"As a person in business who pays into the Ohio Workers’ Compensation System, I want answers about where over $250 million dollars that Ohio businesses paid has gone and get it is paid back. I want answers about how Ohio fund administrators spent $50 million on rare coins and several hundred million dollars on off shore hedge funds. These answers are important to business people in Ohio. We need to have faith in a system particularly when we are told about increases in Worker’s Comp rates. The most critical side to this issue is that people who need the benefits of those hundreds of millions of dollars may be left short or have benefits cut in politically expedient measures. This is just not acceptable.
"I have said that we are a working district, that the people in Kenton, Ada, Fostoria, Findlay, Wapakoneta and the communities between are working people who grow, build, manufacture and produce goods that support our communities. We must support them and protect and grow jobs here to continue the visions of our communities into the future. We must find ways to keep family farms as family farms for new generations. We must restore balance in laws that impact on people and business while eliminating wasteful levels of costs and needless spending."
Kostyo faces an uphill battle in the 76th District, where the last Democratic candidate won 32.01% against Gilb in 2004. Contending in the Republican primary are Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's high school football coach Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), who left coaching to run for office, and Jeremy Swartz (R-Findlay).