RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of articles intended to inform voters of candidates running for election this fall.
Former State Representative Todd Book is seeking another elected office in November; announcing his candidacy for the 10th District of the State Board of Education. Book, a Democrat, is challenging the incumbent Republican candidate Jeff Hardin.
“Education is of paramount importance. I don’t think the State has a more crucial function than properly educating its children,” Book said. “I’m excited about the possibility of serving on the State Board.”
Book is a Probate and Estate Planning attorney in Portsmouth with the firm of Harcha Book & Beck. He previously served as a State Representative from 2003 until 2010, when term limits required him to leave the legislature. Book received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and his law degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He is active in Portsmouth Civic Forum and is a Trustee at the Second Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Emily have three school‐aged children and live in McDermott.
“I would be honored to serve in such a critical position and work toward making Ohio’s Education system the best it can be,” Book said.
Book’s challenger, Jeff Hardin, was elected to the district seat in November 2008. According to his website, www.hardin4ohio.com, Hardin graduated from Wilmington University with a business degree and is an adjunct faculty at Hondros University. He is a member of the National Association of Scholars, and former School Board Member at McNicholas High School.
“The Ohio Board of Education needs to take a more proactive role in making sure teachers have what they need to teach. A high school human anatomy teacher that attends my church has not had access to a text book for the last two years. Nationally, it is estimated that each teacher spends $1000 of their own money on supplies and materials for their classes. Our teachers and their students deserve better,” Hardin wrote on his website.
The 10th District of the State Board of Education includes all of Adams, Brown, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Greene, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Madison, Pike, Ross and Scioto Counties and parts of Pickaway and Vinton Counties. The district encompasses over a million Ohio residents. The State Board establishes the education policy for Ohio through its 19 members. Eleven Board members are elected and the Governor appoints eight.
The general election is Nov. 6, 2012.
Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org.