Ryan Ottney, of New Boston (Scioto County), Ohio, is an elected member of the New Boston Village Council and chairman of the Scioto County Democratic Party.
With a BA in English communications and journalism minor, Ryan worked for nearly 15 years as an award-winning writer and editor for the Portsmouth Daily Times newspaper and now works as director of communications at the South Central Ohio ESC in New Boston.
His work in journalism engraved upon Ryan the importance of transparency and accountability, as well as the value of a free press. He has brought that value with him to public service, and as the first Democrat Senator for Ohio's 14th District he will continue to act openly and honestly to represent the diversity of all people and ideas that reside throughout southern Ohio.
According to Ryan, the most important issues facing southern Ohio are jobs and the opioid epidemic, as well as affordable health care and quality education.
"This district has been under Republican control for too long. Are things really any better? Don't you think we can do better? It's time for a change. It's time we elected someone with new ideas, who will stand up for working families and not for special interest groups and corporations that profit off of the struggles of a shrinking middle class."
Ryan calls himself a fiscal conservative and a social progressive.
"We don't need big government. What we need is a government that works for all people. We need to treat everyone with respect and kindness, regardless of the color of their skin, how they worship, or who they love."
Ryan is the son of Marylin Ottney and the late James Ottney (a former New Boston Fireman), and the grandson of former New Boston Mayor, the late Charles "Burr" Ottney. He has been happily married to Katie Ottney for 18 years, and together they have one young son, Chase