Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:39 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:39 PM
By: Lynn Hulsey – Staff Writer
— Regardless of who wins, there will be a new face in the Ohio Statehouse representing west-central Montgomery County and Preble County next year.
With state Rep. Jeff Rezabek deciding to run for Montgomery County Juvenile Court judge, two Republicans and one Democrat are running to fill 43rd Ohio House district seat.
Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley is unopposed in the May 8 primary and so is not profiled here.
Two Republicans, Clayton Councilman Kenneth C. Henning and Germantown pastor J. Todd Smith, are vying for the Republican nomination.
Here’s a look at the two Republicans based on interviews and their comments in the Dayton Daily News Voter Guide.
Kenneth C. Henning
Henning has served on Clayton council since 2012 and he said his experience in governing and the relationships he’s built as a “conservative collaborator” make him the best candidate for the 43rd.
Henning said it important that Clayton stays represented in the Statehouse since the two current state representatives from the city of about 13,000 are both leaving office.
He said he has worked to build relationships in Preble County and wants to make sure they have a state representative “with the same morals as them.” Henning said it is important to be in line with what the Ohio Farm Bureau wants, but he said there will be times when he would need to balance competing demands from the agricultural portions of the district and the more urban ones.
Clayton Councilman Kenneth C. Henning, Republican candidate for Ohio House 43rd District
His two priorities will be fighting the opioid