Ohio Senator and Decorated Veteran Frank LaRose Announces Campaign for Secretary of State
COLUMBUS – Ohio Senator Frank LaRose today officially declared his candidacy for Ohio Secretary of State. LaRose is a two-term state senator from northeast Ohio and decorated combat veteran who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces. His candidacy was announced through a video posted on FrankLaRose.com and sent to supporters.
“I am running for Secretary of State because of my great respect for the power of free elections. Because of this, I have an unwavering commitment to protect the integrity of our elections and defend Ohioans access to this fundamental right,” said LaRose. “I believe our elected leaders must aspire to civility, find common ground and work together while still upholding their deeply held briefs. As a principled conservative, I have endeavored to work with my colleagues on opposing sides of an issue while holding true to my core beliefs.
As Secretary of State, I will work to foster cooperation and inspire confidence in Ohio’s election system and those who administer it.”
As a Senator, LaRose has authored laws that protect the integrity of the ballot box, modernize voter registration and prevent voter fraud. His successful legislative initiatives include Ohio’s new online voter registration system and state funding for electronic poll books. LaRose has also authored legislation to reform Ohio’s redistricting process.
In addition, LaRose has sponsored legislation eliminating antiquated business regulations and streamlining the interactions between state government and small business owners.
During the Iraq War, LaRose earned the Bronze Star for his service as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army Special Forces. As a Green Beret and also as a member of the 101st Airborne Division, he defended American interests in several troubled areas including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and on the southern U.S. border.
“In Iraq and Kosovo, I had the privilege of witnessing dedicated men and women taking great risks to exercise their right to vote,” said LaRose. “I witnessed first hand their sacrifices in order to vote and have a voice in their government’s future for the first time in history.
As Ohio Secretary of State, those experiences will continue to inspire me as I work to administrator fair, free and open elections.”
In advance of his candidacy for Secretary of State, LaRose has shadowed board of elections directors in multiple counties to learn more about their Election Day responsibilities. In recent months, he has visited with local Republican leaders in 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties and attended 38 local Republican Party events, such as Lincoln Day Dinners.
LaRose is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He lives in Hudson with his wife Lauren and their three young children.
LaRose key legislative initiatives include:
• Sponsored legislation that created Ohio’s first online voter registration system, enhancing access while combating fraud;
• Successfully pushed for state funding of electronic poll books;
• Championed legislation to reform Ohio’s legislative and congressional redistricting processes;
• Sponsored legislation enhancing transparency by requiring electronic filing of campaign finance reports by local candidates;
• Sponsored legislation to fund the replacement of aging voting equipment;
• Sponsored cost-savings elections legislation that would eliminate primary elections when only one candidate appears on a partisan ballot;
• Sponsored legislation eliminating antiquated small business regulations and streamlining communication between state government and small business owners; and
• Co-sponsored legislation that reduced filing fees for new business registrations at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.
LaRose career highlights include:
• Currently serving his second term in the Ohio Senate representing citizens in Stark, Summit and Wayne counties;
• Awarded the Bronze Star for his service as a Green Beret in Iraq; and
• A 10-year U.S. Army veteran, serving in the 101st Airborne Division and the U.S. Special Forces, achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class.
High resolution headshots of Senator LaRose are available (here) for your use.
The campaign announcement video is available (here).
To learn more, please visit: FrankLaRose.com