John Russell announces candidacy for state representative

6213735Produce farmer John Russell of Galena announced his candidacy for the 68th District State Representative seat, the only Democrat to do so by the filing deadline last Wednesday.

“A lot of people feel stuck in a tough economy, I want to better their chances to make it,” Russell said. “I think people need a representative that will work as hard as they do.”

In a district that’s never been won by Democrats, Russell certainly has work to do.

“Lots of my friends are Republicans. I guess they still like me,” he said.

The owner and operator of Fall Creek Farm, Russell followed the family tradition of small-business ownership. His roots go back to Columbiana County where his grandfather tended a dairy herd and his father ran a small savings and loan.

“Small businesses help drive our economy, and I feel lucky to have that in my family,” he said.

Russell graduated from Cornell University with a degree in agricultural science. Before starting Fall Creek Farm, he spent a year working as a legislative associate for Cornell Government Relations.

“The experience from my first job will be useful as a representative,” Russell said.

Russell wants to focus on infrastructure.

“Building roads, bridges, and internet capacity puts people to work while improving our communities. That’s something everybody can get behind,” he said.

The 68th Ohio House District is comprised of Knox County and the eastern part of Delaware County.

Updates from Russell can be found on his campaign website at

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