COLUMBUS - The Ohio Democratic Party Executive Committee voted to endorse the candidacy of Linda Secrest, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for state representative in Ohio's 93rd House District.
The Ohio Democratic Party's endorsement is in addition to the endorsement of outgoing State Rep. Jennifer Garrison, D-Marietta, at the time Secrest announced her candidacy.
"I am excited that the state Party has put its faith behind Linda Secrest's candidacy for the Ohio House," Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said. "Linda is not just the right candidate for this race, but is also the right person for the job of representing the people of the 93rd District. She understands her community and will fight hard for Southeast Ohio, just like Jennifer Garrison did. I am happy to join Jennifer in endorsing her."
Endorsers also include assistant Majority Floor Leader Rep. Allan Sayre, D-Dover, State Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Athens, State Rep. Dan Dodd, D-Hebron, and other members of the Democratic caucus.
Secrest is currently the executive director of the Alcohol and Drug Services center of Guernsey County, a member of College Drive Presbyterian Church, a board member of the Family First Council, and a member of the Cambridge Art Guild. Additionally, she has served on the Guernsey County Health Department Board and as a parent volunteer of East Muskingum City Schools.
Public service is an important and longstanding tradition in Secrest's family. Her husband, Joe, previously served southeast Ohio for five terms as state representative and is current head of the State Controlling Board of Ohio. Additionally, her uncle, Robert Secrest, was a former U.S. Congressman representing the area.