Powell's mayor has plans to represent more than just one city in Delaware County.
Brian Lorenz, who won a new term on Powell City Council in November, announced Dec. 19 he intends to seek the Republican nomination to fill the 67th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives.
City resident Andrew Brenner has held the seat, which represents the western portion of Delaware County, since 2011. Brenner, who is prevented by term limits from seeking the seat again, plans to run as a candidate for the Ohio Senate seat representing the state's 19th Senate District.
Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) is prevented by term limits from again seeking to represent the Senate district, which is made up of Delaware and Knox counties and a finger of northern Franklin County. Orange Township Fiscal Officer Joel Spitzer announced earlier this month he also intends to run for the Republican nomination to succeed Jordan in the Ohio Senate.
Lorenz, who has never run for state office, has served on Powell City Council since 2010. Prior to that, he sat on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.
"All the while, my civic calling and desire to serve the community has grown greater," he said in his announcement speech.
Lorenz said he is running to give the residents of western Delaware County a voice at the Statehouse.
"I believe that our county is exceptional, that our Constitution should be honored, valued and upheld, and that leaders should serve people like you, and not special interests," he said.
Lorenz is the second Republican to announce his or her candidacy for the seat ahead of May's primary election. Delaware resident Denise Martin, the administrator of Delaware County's domestic-relations court, announced her intention to run in November.
Martin touted her time as an assistant prosecutor in Marion County in a statement released that month.
"I have spent my career fighting for justice for victims of crime, and I want to take that fight to the Ohio Statehouse, where I will zealously advocate on behalf of Delaware County residents, local government, businesses and schools and give them a voice at the Statehouse on issues that are important locally and statewide," she said.