Andrew Brenner and Craig Schweitzer are seeking the Republican nomination for the 67th District Ohio House of Representatives seat in the March 6 primary election.

Andrew Brenner and Craig Schweitzer are seeking the Republican nomination for the 67th District Ohio House of Representatives seat in the March 6 primary election.

With recent pending redistricting, the county now contains two Ohio House districts: the 67th and 68th. Replacing the 2nd District, the 67th includes virtually all of the county west of 3B's and K Road and west of the Orange-Genoa township boundary.

In the November general election, the winner of the primary will run against Democratic candidate David Hogan of Dela-ware.

Brenner, 41, is married to Sara Marie Brenner. They reside in Powell.

He is the 2nd District representative, and began his first term in January 2011.

An Ohio native, Brenner graduated from Buckeye Valley High School and from the Ohio State University with a degree in business administration with majors in economics and marketing.

He served as Delaware County recorder from January 2005 to December 2010, following two successful runs for the office beginning in November 2004. He earlier worked in the mortgage industry.

Brenner is a member of organizations including area chambers of commerce, Powell Arbor Committee and the Delaware County Friends of the Trail.

Brenner said, "I enjoy serving the residents of this district, solving problems and tackling big issues. I want to continue my work on education reform, helping businesses, lowering taxes, and bringing jobs to the district."

Schweitzer, 40, has been married to Linda Schweitzer for 19 years. They reside in Liberty Township and have three school-age children: John, Harrison and Emma.

In the 1990s, he founded two companies, Mr. Mulch Inc. and JP Transportation Inc. in the Dublin area. He still owns those businesses.

An Ohio native, he graduated from Northmont High School in Clayton and from the Ohio State University with a bachelor degree in criminology. He served seven years in the Air National Guard, being called to active duty in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Desert Storm.

Schweitzer said, "I was raised with the principle that all Americans should serve their country. For me, service to my family, community, and country are prime motivations in my life.

"Our community deserves a representative that truly reflects the community's conservative values and life experiences of raising a family, interacting with neighbors and friends in schools and churches and working successfully in the local business community. A valued community asset, employer and taxpayer, I'm that guy," Schweitzer said.

Brenner sees jobs as the most pressing issue facing the state.

"Ohio needs to continue to improve its business climate. I understand government's stranglehold on businesses, and I am working to cut government red tape in order to make Ohio more business-friendly," Brenner said.

For Schweitzer, the most pressing issue is that "career-politicians have over-politicized governing in Ohio."

"The rancor and vitriol flowing from them overwhelms the issues they are trying to deal with, so much so that little is accomplished to effectively govern and move the state forward," Schweitzer said.

Brenner's vision for the state is for Ohioans to "be able to fulfill their vision for themselves and their family. Ohio should be a place where we educate our children well (and) find good-paying jobs, where taxes are low, where we can retire and where we can pass on what we have created to our children."

Schweitzer's vision for the state is "for Ohio to return to a prominent and powerful place in the economy of our nation, where people want to live, work and raise their families."

Both candidates see a need to keep the state budget trim.

Brenner said, "I supported House Bill 153 which cut $8 billion from the state budget. The budget is now balanced, and we are now starting to see a surplus. We need to continue to stream-line government and make it more efficient."

Schweitzer said, "Our career-politicians have grossly politicized the budgets and business of the state. We don't need fake, politically motivated budget cuts that are restored later and funded by supplemental appropriations along with bloated, over-priced contracts to a career-politician's special interest cronies. All elements of the state's budget must be examined to sensibly eliminate excesses during the next budgeting sessions for the 2014 biennial budget."

Asked how the state can increase its revenue, Brenner said, "The state will increase revenue once we attract more businesses and jobs. Increasing taxes is not the answer."

Schweitzer agreed that neither taxes nor fees should be increased.

" We can accomplish lean, cost-effective government by getting our economy going again. People with jobs are taxpayers. I have created jobs, hundreds of them. Ohio can and should lead the process of enabling real job growth by getting government out of the way and providing broad incentives for job growth beyond just a few special-interests with sweetheart deals."