The race is officially on.
Terry Boose, Republican candidate for the state’s 58th district seat, has filed petitions to run against Democratic incumbent Matthew Barrett (D-Amhert).
Barrett said this morning he would file Wednesday.
“I’ve talked to some people in the Republican party in Columbus and around here and it seems I have the support I need,” Boose said. “I’m ready to take the plunge.”
Boose served as Huron County commissioner from 1997 to 2004. He was recently elected as fiscal officer in Norwalk Township.
“In January, I need to work on putting together a campaign committee and getting a treasurer,” Boose said.
The 58th district is made up of Huron County and parts of Lorain and Seneca counties.
“There’s definitely new territory,” Boose said.
Boose said during the campaing, he wants to stick to the issues and avoid negativity.
“The issues haven’t changed,” he said. “Education, the economy the way it is — we need economic development and support for businesses,” he said.
“That’s one of the reasons I’m running — nothing has changed down there,” Boose said.
Boose said he’s very aware of the negativity that comes from the state level during campaigns.
“I’ve talked to a lot of people who are really tired of the negative campaigns,” he said. “I’ll talk about voting or issues, but I don’t want private or personal issues brought out. I made that real clear to the Republican party, but I realize I can’t control it. But I’ve voiced my opinion I don’t want that.”
Barrett spoke of his strategy.
“Essentially, running as the incumbent, it’s getting the record out there — the accomplishments of the last year,” he said.
Barrett said the two parties are working together better than ever.
“This year, there has been a lot to learn, but it’s an exciting job,” he said. “And I go to bed thinking I did some good for the day.”
Barrett said he, too, would like to stick to the issues, but didn’t know if that would happen.
“I would like to have a campaign that’s nice and clean,” he said. “If Terry can convince his party to change its method, that would be very good. I hope he has that kind of pull with the state party. That would be great.”