In a news release, Arndt announced he plans to retire on July 31. Arndt represents the 89th House District, which covers Erie and Ottawa counties.
“I am sad to conclude my service to the people of the 89th House District, but I am also excited as I enter the next chapter in my life,” Arndt said. “I look forward to having more time to spend with my family and sail my boat. This summer, my wife and I will fulfill a dream we’ve had for a long time, and that is to do extended sailing and eventually complete the Great Loop of North America. Thank you to everyone in the 89th House District and in Columbus who has made my experience as your state representative unforgettable. It has been an honor and a privilege of a lifetime to serve you in the People's House.”
Arndt said he wanted to give the Ohio House “advanced notice” so that a replacement could be found.
Erie County commissioner Matt Old provided a statement on Arndt’s statement.
“I want to thank Representative Ardnt for his service to our community over the past several years. His work in Columbus on workforce development, elder care issues, clean Lake Erie initiatives and so many others issues has made a positive impact on the 89th House District. His motto has always been ‘community first’ and he has lived out his motto each and every day. In the coming weeks I will work with local community, business and political leaders to ensure the best candidate is recommended to Speaker Householder. Erie and Ottawa counties need a strong voice in Columbus.”