It didn’t take long for folks to announce their bids to replace Sen. Randy Gardner of Bowling Green, whose district includes Ottawa County. Gardner, who had two years left on a four-year term, was sworn in on Monday, Jan. 7 as Senate Majority Leader. Two days later, he was a cabinet pick by Gov.-elect Mike DeWine for Chancellor of Ohio Higher Education, which he accepted.
Gardner’s district also covers Erie and Wood counties and part of Fulton and Lucas counties.
Theresa Gavarone, State Representative for Ohio’s 3rd House District, on Friday, Jan. 11, announced her intent to seek appointment to the 2nd Ohio Senate District.
“With the support of my family and at the urging of so many people across the district, I have decided to pursue the appointment to the 2nd Senate District,” Gavarone said. “We have had a lot of success during my time as State Representative and I look forward to the opportunity to serve a larger population and play a bigger role in ensuring North and Northwest Ohio continues to be an amazing place to live, work and raise a family.”
Gavarone has never been elected to state office. She was appointed to her seat in 2016, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She previously served on Bowling Green City Council.
Gavarone is an attorney and the co-owner of Mr. Spots restaurant with her husband, Jim. They have three children and reside in Bowling Green.