For the past 3 years I have had the honor and privilege of representing Licking County and the 71st Ohio House District. My tenure has been marked by unprecedented challenges, opportunities and achievements.
I have spent my time building relationships with local communities and state seamen and working on critical issues facing our county and state. Over the course of my tenure, I have witnessed a 100-year district flood, a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, the largest economic investment in Ohio history, significant local investment by the state, and the resilience of the place I call home.
When you represent a district that raised you and invested so much in you, it was never a job, it was an affair of the heart. My goals in office went beyond local government and the state, to work tirelessly to improve government, serve my communities, and provide my constituents with better opportunities than when I took office. I’ve passed legislation to ensure access to loved ones in nursing homes, enable telemedicine in Ohio, improve our business climate and education systems, and more. Many of these bills come directly from voters asking for help and relief.
The surprise of the August primary is long gone, and what is most fulfilling is the gratitude to the people for the time I was able to represent this district and inspire real change, support local efforts, and help voters. I will always be grateful to the people of Newark for giving me my first opportunity to thank local administrators and councilors for the mentoring and training and support of my family and friends over the past 3 years of near-constant political campaigning. It’s hard to believe that in the last 3 years I’ve faced 4 elections, had 2 kids and kept my job as an IT project manager while balancing the statehouse.
Regrets about the things left behind will always remain, from solving the housing crisis, helping Ohioans alleviate rising tax burdens, investing in local infrastructure, fixing the unemployment system, improving the state’s IT system or even inspiring children to show how government works by sharing my story.
Good character isn’t what you do when things are going your way, it’s how you carry yourself through adversity. I am very blessed with the confidence of our constituency to uphold your values at the Statehouse. I will take the next year to reflect, grow, connect and focus on my family and career which often suffer from this work. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve now and in the future.
Mark Fraizer is the State Representative for the 71st Ohio House District