MIAMI COUNTY — Stephen A. Huffman has announced his intention to run for the Ohio Senate Seat in the 5th District in the Republican primary election May 2, 2018.
The seat is currently held by Bill Beagle who is unable to run for re-election due to term limits.
“Bill Beagle has served 5th Senate District district with distinction during his two terms representing us in Columbus. I thank him for his service to 5th Senate District,” Huffman said.
Huffman currently is serving his second term as State Representative for the 80th Ohio House District, which covers parts of Darke and all of Miami counties. Huffman is also a physician and former Miami County Coroner.
“As a husband and father of five children I work every day to make Ohio fiscally responsible, our communities attractive to employers to stimulate job growth, to make sure our schools receive their fair share of the state’s education dollars and to use my experiences as a physician to find commons sense solutions to health care and the opiate/heroin crisis Ohio is facing,” Huffman said.
Huffman said Ohio has progressed in the recent years under its current leadership.
“Under Republican leadership Ohio has made positive strides over the past several years. Our economy is moving in a positive direction. Real job growth has happened in our region,” Huffman said. “Tax dollars are being given back to our citizens and small business owners and we’ve balanced our state budgets by making smart decisions.”
Huffman said he promises to work just as hard for residents at the next level.
“As a State Senator, I will continue what I did in the House of Representatives, doing what’s best for families, being fiscally conservative, protecting the sanctity of life and our Second Amendment rights,” he said. “When I represent the citizens in the Senate the taxpayers of this district can rest assured that I will work every day to reduce the size of government and make the tough decisions.”
Huffman said he looks forward to campaigning for the seat.
“I look forward to the campaign trail where we can meet the citizens of the district to talk about what is important to them and inform them of my vision for Ohio and the 5th Senate District,” he said.
Supporters also believe Huffman is the right man for the job.
“We need to have more people of integrity like Senator Bill Beagle in the Senate. Rep Huffman has the conservative values of the people in the fifth senate district,” said former Darke County State Representative Jim Buchy.
“I have worked with Dr. Huffman as Miami County Coroner and as a state representative in fighting the opioid epidemic. I look forward to working with Dr. Huffman on these issues when he is in the Senate,” said Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger.
Huffman is a 1983 graduate of Milton-Union High School in West Milton.
Huffman received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in 1992 and a bachelors of arts degree from the University Toledo in 1988 where he was also a three-year starter for the Rockets football team.
During his career, Huffman has volunteered on medical missions where he treated the under served in St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia, Bahamas, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Belize, Guatemala, Cameron, Jamaica and Dominican Republic.
Huffman resides in Tipp City with his wife Kathryn and their five children.
The 5th Senate District includes all of Miami and Preble County’s, the southern portion of Darke County and parts of the Western portion of Montgomery County.
For more information, contact Steve Huffman’s campaign at SteveHuffmanforSenate@gmail.com