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Houck will not seek re-election

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Feb 7, 2018 at 10:34 AM

Joyce Houck recently announced her decision to not seek re-election to the 13th Senate District central committee woman seat she has held for the past 22 years.

During the announcement Houck introduced Patty Stein, of Norwalk, as the next candidate for the 13th Senate District seat.

Houck’s career with the Republican Party dates back to 1960 when she served as a poll worker in Sherman Township. That marked her first taste of politics and she has been a Republican ever since.

“I was proud to have the privilege of serving Lorain and Huron counties of the 13th Senate District as their representative to the Ohio Republican Party,” Houck said. “I had the honor to serve as a member of the Huron and Lorain County Republican Party and as the past president of the Huron County Republican Women’s Club.”

Houck described what she did as a committee woman.

“My job consisted of finding and supporting qualified Republican candidates at the state and local levels for elected positions,” she said. “I worked closely with the Ohio Republican Party to bring the concerns and wishes of the 13th Senate District to the leadership.”

Huron County Central Committee Chair Brandon Schwinn has worked with Houck for several years. Despite not running for the 13th District seat, he knows she will continue to play an active role in the party.

“Joyce has served Huron County Republicans faithfully for the past 22 years,” Schwinn said. “She has done an incredible job representing our views in Columbus and keeping us informed of what is going on in our state capital.

“I look forward to working with her in her role on the Huron County Republican Central Committee.”

Huron County Republican Party Executive Committee Chairman Rob Duncan expressed gratitude for Houck's dedication and service.

Stein, wife of current Republican State Representative Dick Stein, is excited about the opportunity.

“I’ve been involved in the Republican Party for a long time,” Stein said. “With the encouragement of other members, I have decided to become more active by vying for the State Central Committee woman position in the 13th Senate District.”

“The State Central Committee Members help manage the affairs of the Republican Party and direct the general policy of the party in the state of Ohio. I look forward to having an active role in that process.”

Despite the Republican Party having control of the House, Senate and White House, Stein understands the challenges facing the party.

“With the opposing views the Democratic party has of our current president, we need to be very aggressive in supporting his agenda, which is doing very well economically,” Stein added. “We need to continue to fund and support our Republican candidates to maintain the momentum.”

“Stein is a great choice to be our next candidate for this important position,” Duncan said.

Stein praised Houck for her work with the party.

“The outgoing State Central Committee woman Joyce Houck had a great working relationship with the people in Columbus,” Stein said. “She has worked on various fundraising committees for current and upcoming elected state officials.

“If elected I would enjoy doing the same to maintain and acquire future conservative individuals to serve in Columbus and in our local races and to keep the Republican ideals alive and running, both in our district and at the statehouse.”

Stein has spent her entire life in the Huron County area. She has been married to Dick for 40 years and they have two grown sons who are married and have given them seven grandchildren. She and Dick owned and operated Stein Photography for 40 years until they recently sold and they currently maintain a wholesale printing operation.

The state central committee is the governing body of the Ohio Republican Party. This committee manages the day-to-day operations, fundraising, and deciding which candidates to support and supply with resources.

The election is set for May 8.

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