STEUBENVILLE - State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, has announced that he has decided not to enter the race for a U.S. House seat.
In past months, Gentile has been approached by many local leaders and supporters asking him to consider running for a seat in Congress. Gentile did give the possibility some thought, but has decided against it.
Several rumors and speculations have surfaced and spread, but Gentile feels that the best place for him at the moment is to continue his work in Columbus as a state senator.
Gentile noted, however, that he is flattered by the request and response.
"I have been working in Columbus to put more police and firefighters on the streets and more teachers in the classroom," Gentile said.
Gentile has also been working against the cuts that have affected local government and investment in schools.
"I am definitely going to keep all of my options open," Gentile said. "I am honored to represent the hard-working people in Ohio."
Gentile feels that he best represents and can assist the people of Ohio as a state senator.
"In the past few months, I have been humbled by the number of constituents, local leaders and supporters who have asked me to consider running for the U.S. House. During this same time, I have been working in Columbus to protect seniors, homeowners and small business from new taxes and fighting to put more police and firefighters on the street and teachers in the classroom," Gentile said. "After careful consideration and deep deliberation, I have decided not to enter the race for Congress because I believe at this time I can best represent my constituents in the Ohio Senate."
Van Dyne can be reached at kvandyne @timesleaderonline.com.