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Fraizer to replace Ryan in Ohio House

COLUMBUS – Former Newark City Council member Mark Fraizer was sworn in Wednesday to represent the 71st District in the Ohio House of Representatives, Speaker Larry Householder announced November 13.

“I am pleased to welcome Mark Fraizer to the House today,” said Speaker Householder. “He is a dedicated public servant who will serve the 71st district well.”

“I am very grateful to the people of Licking County and to the Ohio House of Representatives to serve in this new capacity,” said Fraizer. “I am looking forward to serving the constituents of the 71st house district.”

Fraizer has served as a city council member for the City of Newark since 2016 where he served as the Chair of the Economic Development committee and was a member on the Finance, Safety, Rules and Recreation Committees. He also serves as a board member on the Historic Hudson Community Association and on the non-profit Invest Hope.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Otterbein University. Currently, he is a Sr. Project Manager at Huntington National Bank.

Fraizer was sworn in November 13 at the Ohio House session.

The seat, which includes portions of Licking County, became vacant due to the resignation of State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township). Ryan announced his resignation, effective November 12, from the Ohio House. His resignation marks the end of his nearly nine-year tenure as an elected official. Ryan served as Licking County Treasurer from 2011-2014 and has been the State Representative for the 71st House District since January 2015.

“It has been a high and distinct honor to represent the citizens of Licking County and the 71st Ohio House District”, Ryan said. “I offer my most sincere appreciation to them for their confidence in me, their willingness to provide valuable input, and for their role in making Licking County a fantastic place to grow up and to raise a family. I leave with great appreciation for the institution that is the Ohio House of Representatives and offer my thanks and best wishes to members and staff.”

Ryan will move to serving Ohioans in his new role as Executive Director of Ohio Third Frontier, within the Development Services Agency. Third Frontier works with startup companies in a variety of ways to help transition innovative ideas into scalable businesses with the goal of continually ushering in new eras of entrepreneurship and opportunity.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to join the DeWine-Husted administration and eager to begin working alongside the team at Third Frontier/DSA. Our task is extremely important and will require a great deal of collaboration between many stakeholders to help Ohio remain on the cutting edge well into the future”, said Ryan.

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