EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct State Rep. Darrell Kick's status.
LOUDONVILLE — Loudonville Council President Matt Young announced Tuesday he will make a run for the newly formed 67th District of the Ohio House.
The new district will include all of Ashland County and parts of Medina. Ashland and parts of Medina and Holmes counties have been represented by District 70’s Darrell Kick (R-Lakeville) since 2017. Kick will vacate the seat on Dec. 31, 2022.
Young, 31, will run against Ron Falconi as the second Republican interested in representing the new district. Falconi, 52, is the mayor of Brunswick in Medina County.
A primary takes place on May 3.
Young, an Ashland native who lives and works in Loudonville, was elected to Loudonville’s council in 2019. He serves as council's president pro tempore.
During his announcement party, which took place in the historic Ohio Theatre in Loudonville, he said he stands for gun rights, veterans, first responders, police officers, hard work, fair and simple taxes, educational, personal and religious liberties, the agricultural community and Christianity.
“I stand before you as a servant — a small part of a much bigger plan,” Young said in front of the crowd of around 50. “A public servant that will bring your conservative voice to Columbus.
"We need a strong leader, someone that will fight for our citizens with an unwavering zeal — someone that knows who we are and what we, as conservatives, want.”
Young works for Burgess Ambulance as a sales manager. His campaign kick-off featured patriotic videos, Americana and complimentary snacks. Assistant Prosecutor Victor Perez, who is also running for Ashland Common Pleas Court Judge, opened the event with a prayer.
After some videos, Melody Barnes, of Ashland, led the audience in the singing of the National Anthem. Ashland County Commissioner Jim Justice then encouraged those in the crowd to vote for Young.
“Matt has long been one of those that … says what he believes and does what he believes,” Justice said. “I believe Matt is one of those, when he goes to office, he’ll do what he says he's going to do.”
Young ran for Loudonville Village Council on a platform to revitalize its downtown area. In his two years in office, he said the “town is re-energized.”
He said bringing lights to the village’s park is a project set to begin in the spring, which he hopes will make Loudonville’s downtown area more usable after hours. In particular, the lights will help boost the village’s summer concert series, he said — a project he coordinated.
He hopes to bring more events downtown in his time on council.