MOUNT VERNON — Throwing her hat into the ring for re-election as Ohio 68th District State Representative, formerly District 90, is Margaret Ann Ruhl. Representing the Republican Party, Ruhl is the incumbent candidate and is seeking her third two-year term as state representative.
“I’m running because I enjoy what I’m doing. I enjoy representing the people of Knox County,” said Ruhl. “With the new district, I’m excited about meeting the new people and working for the constituents.”
In looking at the needs of the district, “I think infrastructure is one of the major things we need,” said Ruhl. “I’ve been working with ODOT and trying to get money for this district so our businesses have better ways of getting commodities in and out. I passed the one K2 bill on bath salts, and I’ve been updated that I may need to make more changes to that. I think we need more legislation to keep our kids safe.
“I like working with agriculture and know this is a large agricultural area,” said Ruhl. While part of the district is more urban now, I’m trying to learn what their needs are.”
Getting the right people for the right job is what Ruhl sees as a struggle in facing our current jobs situation. “I think it has to do with education,” she said. “I’ve been working with some of the businesses and educators to try and coordinate what they need with what education is doing. In working with JobsOhio, I think they will be instrumental in getting jobs into the district.”
Funding for schools has also been a concern for Representative Ruhl. “I do think there is a need for funding,” she said. “We are working on plan at the state. We’re trying to get more money to the classroom. The casinos are one way, and we’ve allocated some money from the casinos. We need to be smarter about how we educate our kids.”
The success of many small businesses is another concern today within the business markets of many districts. “I believe in listening to their [small business] concerns and helping them by changing what obstacles are in the way,” said Ruhl. “We passed a law last year making up the Common Sense initiative through Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, and that seems to be working fairly well. We are also working on websites where people can go to with information before they start a business. I kind of like being the conduit between those people and Columbus.”
Addressing what she can do specifically for Knox County, “I will continue to do what I have been doing. I attend many different organizations and try to listen to them, and I try to be a voice for them in Columbus,” she said. “They’re the ones that tell me best which direction we need to go.”
Ruhl believes she is the best candidate for the job, “Because I have a proven record. I do enjoy the job, and it’s the only job I have. You have a full-time person working for you in Columbus, although I don’t stay in Columbus,” she said. “I think I’m responsive to the needs of the district. I just try to listen to the people and do the best I can.”
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