Local state lawmaker to retire, opening up seat

State Rep. Richard Adams, R-Troy, announced Friday he will retire at the end of next year.

Adams, who represents the 80th district made up of Miami County and a portion of Darke County, is in his third term in the legislature.

He was the first superintendent of the Upper Valley Career Center and previously served as a Miami County commissioner and on the county Board of Elections.

Adams, 74, made the announcement in the county commission chambers, where he said he started his efforts in public service.

“This is the fourth time I am going to retire, and I am determined to make a success of it,” he said with a laugh. His wife, Sandy, and several Republican office holders attended Adams’ press conference.

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He made the announcement now to give anyone interested in running for the seat sufficient time to file before the Feb. 5 filing deadline.

No one had filed petitions to run as of Friday, said Drew Higgins, county elections director.

Issues that need additional attention in Columbus next year include school funding, Medicaid reform and economic development/job creation, Adams said.

The most important role of the state representative is constituent service, Adams said. “We don’t get a lot of constituents who say we need more laws in Columbus, but they do need, frequently, advice, assistance,” he said. “It’s been a privilege, really, to serve them.”

John “Bud” O’Brien, county Republican chairman, said he did not know of any specific party candidate for the seat.

Dave Fisher, Democratic party chairman, said the party will look at the position and potential candidates. “We will seriously, seriously look at it,” he said.

Active on many boards and organizations, Adams said he plans after retiring to continue serving as chair of the county Republican Central Committee, renew his activities in Rotary, continue on the Miami County Foundation Board of Directors and take a more active role as a director of Unity National Bank.

Adams and his wife have three adult children and live in Concord Twp. near Troy.

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