The 63-year-old Republican from Strongsville joins fellow GOP House member Christina Hagan in the May 8 party primary.

Ohio House member Tom Patton has announced his candidacy for Ohio's 16th Congressional District race next year.

The 63-year-old Republican from Strongsville joins fellow GOP House member Christina Hagan in the May 8 party primary. Hagan announced in the spring that she was seeking the seat. The deadline to file petitions to run in the primary is on Feb. 7.

The district is comprised of communities in Cuyahoga, Medina, Wayne, Summit, Stark and Portage counties. They include North Canton, Canal Fulton, Jackson and Lawrence townships, as well as portions of Lake, Plain and Perry townships in Stark.

The office is currently held by Republican Jim Renacci, who has already announced he will run for governor next year.

"I want folks to look at me as the conservative who gets things done," said Patton, the Majority Whip in the Ohio House of Representatives, which comes on the heels of his eight-year stint in the Ohio Senate, where he served as Majority Leader.

In a news release, Patton noted he has been able to help "tackle balancing the budget, cutting taxes, helping small businesses and getting things done for working families ... I want to represent the people of Northeast Ohio as a voice of sanity and common sense."

Patton, a father of five and grandfather of seven, is a widower. He said the politician he admired most was Ronald Reagan. "The only one I'd even mention the same sentence as my father," Patton said.

A lifelong resident of Cuyahoga County, Patton's father was a Cleveland police officer. Patton's only son, Thomas Patton II, chose a law enforcement career after considering the priesthood. A Cleveland Heights police officer, he died in the line of duty in 2010.

Patton said that as the Ohio House 7th District representative he represents 28 communities in Cuyahoga County.

According to the press release, Patton has taken up many legislative initiatives pertaining to police, firefighters, and first responders. He has been recognized by a variety of groups, including the Autism Society of Ohio for his work to increase awareness and has also been named a "Watchdog of the Treasury" by the United Conservatives of Ohio multiple times for his commitment to fiscal responsibility.

Patton is an active member of St. Colman’s Catholic Church and is chair of the parish finance committee. He also serves on other community boards, including as a trustee for the Cleveland Police Historical Society.

If elected to Congress, Patton said, he would continue to be focused on creating a climate for job creation and to help families. "Somehow common-sense, conservative values have become uncommon in Washington — let’s change that," he said in the press release.

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