(Press Release) Kenton, OH – Jon Cross, president/CEO and economic development director of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, has officially announced his campaign to run for State Representative of the 83rd Ohio House District for the Republican Primary in 2018. The district includes Hancock County, Hardin County and portions of Logan County.
“With the support and encouragement of family and friends, I am excited to kickoff my campaign for State Representative as a conservative business leader with proud, passionate and principled leadership values.”
“I am running to serve the people and communities in Hancock, Hardin and Logan counties by supporting a pro-business environment and strengthening community, education and business partnerships to champion new growth and job creation for the 83rd district.”
Cross believes in effective public service and stands behind the principles of the Republican Party. His campaign platform will include strategic business principles regarding small business growth, business and education collaboration, local infrastructure improvements, agribusiness innovation and entrepreneurship, and drug prevention and rehabilitation efforts as a smart growth plan to make Ohio competitive for the success of our hometown communities.
The decision to enter the race comes after State Representative Robert Sprague announced his campaign to run for statewide office in 2018.
“Representative Sprague has served the district well, and I am proud to support his campaign become the next Ohio Treasurer.”
Cross launched his campaign with an announcement video on social media and will host a campaign kick-off party tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Table One Restaurant in downtown Kenton. The campaign launch also includes meet-and-greet events in Logan County on March 22nd, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at PeachTree Boutique in downtown Bellefontaine, and Findlay/Hancock County on March 28th, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Logan’s Irish Pub in downtown Findlay.
The campaign recently filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State to form the Friends of Jon Cross Committee. The committee has over 50 members representing various industries, communities and generations throughout the district. Mathew Jennings, CEO of Quest Federal Credit Union will serve as campaign chairman. Findlay resident, Sheryl Haushalter Sopher, president of Robinson Fin Machines, will serve as campaign treasurer. Nathan Brooks of Brooks Tax Office will serve as deputy treasurer, and attorney Thomas Roof will serve as fundraising chair.
Cross is a native of Hardin County and has enjoyed the opportunity to work with talented people, diverse industries and communities of all sizes throughout the United States. His career pathway has allowed Cross to obtain a vast amount of public and private sector work experience in business, commercial/industrial development and economic development, as well as supporting Republican candidates and conservative causes at the local, state and national levels.
A supporter of public schools, Cross graduated from Kenton High School and The Ohio State University. He is a member of the Young Professionals Alliance, Hardin County Ambassadors, Elks Lodge #157, Rotary International, Ohio State Alumni Association, and Ohio Farm Bureau.
Jon is married to his wife and best friend Christina Cross. She is a practicing business attorney and educator, teaching the University of Findlay’s College Credit Plus courses in American Politics and Government at Kenton High School. They are loving parents of their two young boys, Carson and Connor, and are members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
To learn more about Jon Cross, and ways to support his campaign, please visit www.votejoncross.com.