ST. CLAIRSVILLE- Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede announced recently that she has received the support of the Ohio Optometric Association in her bid to be the Ohio State Representative for the 95th district.

The Ohio House of Representatives' 95th District, includes Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Noble and Washington counties. Currently in her second term as county commissioner, Favede serves as President of the Board. She was twice elected as a councilwoman for the City of St. Clairsville before joining the county commission.

"I am proud to be supported by the Ohio Optometric Association. As the wife and daughter in law of two optometrists, I am very aware of the importance of high quality optometric care for the residents of Ohio. As the next State Representative of the 95th District I have the unique ability to understand and support optometrists as health care professionals as well as small business owners," Favede said.

"Ginny is uniquely qualified to serve in the Ohio General Assembly and address issues important to our members and our patients," said Dr. Jason Miller, President of the Ohio Optometric Association, which represents nearly 70 percent of the state's optometrists. "Her knowledge of health care issues and the pressures facing small businesses is extensive and will be beneficial to Ohioans."

In addition to her work as a county commissioner, Favede serves as the 2nd Vice Chair of the Ohio Association of County Commissioners (CCAO). The St. Clairsville lawmaker is also Chairwoman of the Belmont County Land Reutilization Corporation, the newly-formed land bank she helped establish to reduce blight and increase property values.

She also serves on the Belmont County Transportation Improvement District, the Belmont County Planning Commission, the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association as well as the Board of Directors of Eastern Ohio Development Alliance.

Throughout her career, Favede has been known to work in a collaborative manner, valuing ability over political affiliation to improve the community.