Genoa Township Trustee Rick Carfagna has formally announced that he will seek the 68th District Ohio House seat that serves the eastern half of Delaware County and all of Knox County.
State Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl’s seat in the House will be vacated at the end of 2016 due to term limits.
Carfagna made his announcement on July 29 in front of an audience of family, friends and supporters at Carfagna’s Kitchen on Polaris Parkway,
In addition to Genoa Township department heads and officials, notables in attendance were former Genoa trustee and current Delaware County Commissioner Barb Lewis, Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien, Delaware County Auditor George Kaitsa, Delaware Municipal Court Clerk Cindy Dinovo, and Delaware City Council member Kent Shafer.
Following an introduction by his father, Dino, owner of Carfagna’s Kitchen, Carfagna said he stuck his toe in political waters six years ago and that now it was time to jump into the pool.
“We’ve been able to do a lot of great things in Genoa Township,” Carfagna said. “We’ve kept millage low on our levies, strengthened our safety forces. We hired professionals, then gave them the tools they needed to succeed. We even changed a state law opening up investment opportunities for townships. ”
Carfagna said Ruhl retiring leaves a big hole in the Ohio House and that he said he has the experience and temperament to do right by residents of the 68th District.
“To be effective in the state legislature you have to be able to have a positive impact on people beyond your own district,” Carfagna said. “I’m running to be part of a team. As a candidate for the 68th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives, I will work constructively to build credibility. If you want to be a creditable officeholder, you have to be a credible candidate.”
Carfagna will be on the March 16, 2016, primary election ballot as a Republican candidate. The general election will be held on Nov. 8, 2016.
A graduate of St. Francis DeSales High School, Carfagna went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science from John Carroll University. Since 2002, Carfagna has worked for Time Warner Cable as government relations manager.
In 2009, Carfagna was elected to the Genoa Township board of trustees. He ran unopposed for re-election in 2013, and has served as the township board’s chairman in 2011 and 2014.
In January 2011, the Delaware County Local Government Association, a consortium of the county’s 28 local governments, elected Carfagna to serve as the organization’s first president.
He sits on the government affairs committee formed under the Delaware County Chambers of Commerce (Delaware Area, Greater Powell Area, and Sunbury/Big Walnut Area chambers), and he represents his company before 26 additional chambers of commerce throughout central and southeast Ohio.
Carfagna has been a longtime elected member of the Delaware County Republican Party’s Central Committee, and has assisted with numerous political campaigns over the years.
Carfagna and his wife, Jill, reside in Genoa Township.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093