“Regardless of where it is — at the local or state level or in Washington D.C., — to me service is service. I enjoy it and I’m good at it,” Perales said.
The seats occupied by Greene County Commissioners Tom Koogler and Bob Glaser are up for re-election next November. Republican voters will be asked in March to choose who the Republican nominee will be for those November races.
Perales submitted petitions to be a challenger for Glaser’s seat. Glaser is not expected to run for re-election, officials said.
Perales is the only person so far to submit petitions for the county commission races, McCoy said.
Perales said his priorities will be supporting local municipalities, supporting water and sewer infrastructure as the county continues to grow, and talking to constituents to find out what their concerns are.
Perales said he would work with State Sen. Bob Hackett (R-District 10) in a collaborative way to the benefit of Greene County and its residents.
“Bob Hackett and I have done some great legislation. Having him as a friend in the Senate with my knowledge of the needs and requirements in local government is another positive point for me doing this,” he said.
As an Ohio representative, Perales' base salary per year is $63,700. He receives an additional $9,000 per year for serving as the chairperson on the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee, according to the Ohio Revised Code. Greene County commissioners’ annual salaries are set at $75,963, according to the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.
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