PREBLE COUNTY — Voters in Ohio’s 43rd House District will be faced with selecting either Republican J. Todd Smith, or Democrat Dan Foley as their next state representative.
The 43rd District includes Preble County and a portion of Montgomery County.
On Thursday, Oct. 25, Smith and Foley participated in a Meet the Candidates event hosted by the Preble County Farm Bureau and Preble County Chamber of Commerce.
Discussion topics and questions raised ranged from education to CAUV and the opioid epidemic.
The event was moderated by Matt Aultman, and questions were facilitated by representatives of the PC Farm Bureau Board and PC Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
This event was designed to give the citizens of Preble and Montgomery counties the opportunity to meet and listen to the candidates for the 43rd House District and to establish a connection between candidates and constituents, allow voters to make informed decisions on Election Day, and give the candidates an opportunity to present their platforms and make the case why they are the best candidate to represent the district.
Smith is the current incumbent representative for the district, having been sworn in as state representative on July 24, filling the vacant seat left by the appointment of former representative Jeff Rezabek to Montgomery County Juvenile Judge.
Born in southern Ohio, Smith graduated from Cincinnati Christian University and was awarded a Master’s Degree in the New Testament earlier this year. He has been a pastor at The Church at Farmersville for 21 years, and his pastorate recently expanded to its sister church in West Chester.
Smith is actively engaged in his community, serving on the Valley View School District Security Committee, which explores the prevention of school violence. He is also involved with other school activities including tutoring, chaperoning, and substitute teaching.
“It is a great privilege to become a member of this honorable House,” said Smith. “I am honored, excited, and eager to get to work for the great people of the 43rd House District and look forward to representing their needs and desires to the leadership in Columbus.”
He and his wife of 24 years, Jennifer, have four children and live in Germantown.
Dan Foley was born and raised in the 43rd district, attended Chaminade-Julienne high school, Bowling Green State University, and Wright State University.
He and his wife Kathleen have been married for 25 years, and have two daughters together – aged 21 and 23.
Foley was elected Montgomery County Clerk of Courts in 2000, and served until he was elected Montgomery County Commissioner in 2006.
As county commissioner, Foley says he advocated for growing the number of jobs and diversifying the economy in areas such as advanced manufacturing, logistics/distribution, and a focus on international development. He also developed JusticeWeb, a criminal justice database that keeps our community safer and is used by over 4,500 law enforcement professionals in Montgomery, Preble, and 10 other southwest Ohio counties.
Foley says he is running for State Representative this year because “it’s become increasingly clear to me that Columbus has not done right by our communities. As a local official, you can only see the state funding that paves our roads, funds our fire departments, and keeps the lights on in our county medical centers cut so many times before I realized something needed to be done. As a parent, I could only see our public school and mental healthcare infrastructure erode so much before I realized something needed to be done in Columbus. As a taxpayer, I could only see so many dollars given to for-profit-charter scams run by influential political donors before I realized that something needed to be done in Columbus.”
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