Voters in the Ohio House 24th District will have a choice this fall between Democratic incumbent Ted Celeste and Republican newcomer Nathan Larger.

Voters in the Ohio House 24th District will have a choice this fall between Democratic incumbent Ted Celeste and Republican newcomer Nathan Larger.

Celeste, 64, a resident of Grandview Heights, was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2006, defeating three-term incumbent Geoffrey C. Smith. Celeste is the chair of the Alternative Energy committee, as well as the Higher Education subcommittee of Finance and Appropriations. He also serves on the committees for Consumer Affairs and Economic Protection, Finance and Appropriations, and Judiciary.

Celeste said he is running for re-election because there are still many things to accomplish.

"I'm running because we haven't finished the job yet," Celeste said. "I feel like we've made a good start, and that there's lots to do."

He pointed toward focusing on jobs in the short and long term, supporting the Grandview Yard commercial/retail project and being active in helping to pass the Third Frontier Program as accomplishments of his current term. He said some of his key issues have included making Ohio a leader in alternative energy and green job creation, keeping college affordable and putting forth a new state primary education plan, as well as focusing on health care and quality of life issues.

Prior to serving in the State House, Celeste and his wife, Bobbie, taught school in the Fiji Islands in 1969 and 1970. After their return, Celeste served as acting chief of the Bureau of Consumer Services in the Ohio Department of Public Welfare, and then as assistant to the director of the Ohio Department of Finance.

Celeste is also president of Celeste and Associates Real Estate, Inc., a residential real estate company, as well as founder of Advanced Interactive Video, Inc., an electronic marketing and promotions company. Celeste holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of Wooster. He and his wife have two daughters, Christiana and Liz.

Larger, 26, a Hilliard resident, is currently a project manager for Ferguson Construction of Hilliard. He came out on top in a highly competitive primary election earlier this year, defeating Republican Party-endorsed candidate Jason Rafeld by only 89 votes.

Campaigning as a "true Conservative," Larger supports pro-life issues, traditional marriage, reducing the tax burden on Ohioans and pro-Second Amendment rights. He is also involved in his area's 9/12 Project group.

"Citizens of the 24th District, and throughout Ohio, are fed up with the political games that dominate government today," Larger said in a news release. "And in this time of economic turmoil, Ohio needs citizen leaders, not politicians."

Larger received his bachelor's degree in construction systems management from Ohio State University in 2007. The eldest of five children, Larger grew up in New Bremen, Ohio. He and his wife, Samantha, were married last May.

The Ohio House of Representatives 24th District encompasses Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff, Grandview Heights, parts of the Hilltop area, and a portion of Columbus in the 270/70 area.

More information on Celeste can be found online at More information on Larger can be found at http://nathan

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