Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Eric Ungaro, a Poland Township trustee, will run as a Democrat for the 59th Ohio House District seat this year, he announced today.
In a statement, Ungaro highlighted his involvement in the Mahoning Valley community.
“I am proud and humbled to be from a family that has always represented the area with honesty and integrity. I will be honored to bring that reputation and humility to the Statehouse,” said Ungaro, who is the son of former Youngstown Mayor Patrick Ungaro.
Ungaro, who was elected as a trustee in 2011, is a teacher and football coach for Howland schools. He noted his role as a union representative, as well as his involvement in other community organizations. He serves on the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board; as chairman of the Red Zone, a program that provides counseling to families and young people in the Youngstown area; and previously served as president of SOLACE of the Valley, an organization that promotes awareness about addiction and recovery.
Ungaro has firsthand experience dealing with the impact of drug addiction. His brother, Sean, died of an overdose in 2012.
“Through God’s plan, my brother overdosed five years ago,” Ungaro said. “Since then, I have worked passionately and tirelessly with both law enforcement and affected families to give them a voice of confidence when dealing with the opioid epidemic. I will take that voice to the statehouse.”
In his statement, Ungaro said he understands what is important to residents of the Mahoning Valley.
“Economic development and job creation are the best social cures,” he said.
“I will take a team approach to work with surrounding mayors, trustees, and state and local officials to promote our area.”
The house seat Ungaro seeks is being vacated by Democrat John Boccieri of Poland, who is running for the 33rd Ohio Senate District seat currently held by Democrat Joe Schiavoni of Boardman. Schiavoni faces term-limit restrictions and is running for governor.