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A State Representative is seeking appointment to a vacant Senate seat.
Troy Balderson currently represents Muskingum and Coshocton Counties as the representative of the 94th District. He's seeking appointment to the open 20th District Senate seat of Jimmy Stewart, who resigned effective June 30th. The 20th district is the largest in the state.
"At first I wasn't going to do it, but then some other people were reaching out to me and I thought this will be a great opportunity for me to take on," said Republican Representative Troy Balderson.
The representative in his second term expressed concern to stay close to his constituent. If appointed to the senate he'd cover seven additional counties.
"I have people in several counties that will be able to help me outside the two counties," said Balderson. "They'll be part of the team that keeps me involved in their communities."
The appointment will cover the last 16 months left by former Senator Jimmy Stewart, then Balderson would be free to run election in 2012. Currently he serves as member of the House Finance and Natural Resources and Agriculture committees, which he hopes to continue if appointed.
He said that energy will be important. In fact the Zanesville grad is on the Mid-East Leadership Council for energy programs.
"We have a boom that could possibly happen with the Marcellus and Utica Shale," explained Balderson. "We have the solar project in Noble County. In fact I go to Indianapolis in 2 weeks and the group of us are going to meet."
Also applying for appointment to the open senate seat is Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson, Meigs County Commissioner Mike Bartrum, Zanesville Attorney Jeanette Moll and a Township Trustee from Guernsey County Donald Warnock.
Interviews take place Tuesday and the new senator will be sworn in Wednesday July 13th by the Senate Republican Caucus.