Highland County Commissioner, Shane Wilkin, has announced his candidacy for the Ohio House of Representatives.
Wilkin, a Republican, is running to represent the 91st District seat, which includes Clinton, Highland and Pike counties, and part of Ross County. The seat will be open this year due to term limits.
"It is after much thought and consideration that my family and I stand together today to announce my candidacy for State Representative," said Wilkin. "This is not a decision that was taken lightly. I have taken the time to talk with many people throughout the 91st district regarding issues they face regarding jobs, the economy, and infrastructure. I am confident that my experience and understanding of the needs of our local governments, businesses and working class will prove invaluable at the state level and end the disconnect between Southern Ohio and Columbus."
A Lynchburg native, Wilkin is currently serving in his third term as a Highland County Commissioner, where he has focused on keeping and creating local jobs. During his tenure, he has helped create over 400 new jobs, along with nearly $40 million in new capital investment. As Chairman of the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, Wilkin has been actively involved in local and regional projects to improve our economy and way of life.
In private industry, Wilkin is involved in real estate development and owns a small business. He has used his private sector experience to make government more effective and efficient by reducing the county’s debt and cutting spending.
“We need experienced leadership in Columbus to cut wasteful spending and reduce excessive government rules and regulations that cost Ohio jobs,” Wilkin said.
Shane and his wife, Kristy, were born and raised in the 91st District. Currently, they live near Hillsboro, where they are raising their two daughters, Piper and Parker, and attend Good News Gathering. Wilkin’s wife, Kristy, is an attorney with Peelle Law Offices with offices in both Hillsboro and Wilmington.
Wilkin has served the community for years and is active on the Community Improvement Corporation and Highland District Hospital Foundation boards.
Wilkin is an avid outdoorsman and member of the NRA.
Learn more about Shane Wilkin, candidate for State Representative at WilkinForOhio.com