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Local Political Newcomer Announces Run for 94th Ohio House Seat
Posted on: 01/31/2014
By  Mike Cullums
State Rep. Debbie Phillips, the Albany Democrat who represents western Washington County including Belpre and part of Marietta, has a Republican challenger from Washington County.
Yolan (pronounced “yo-lon”) Dennis of Warren Township filed her petition to run at the Athens County Courthouse yesterday.
She grew up on her parents’ farm in Watertown. She’s a graduate of Waterford High School, Washington Technical College and the Bethesda Hospital Nursing School in  Cincinnati. She and her husband of 35 years, Dr. Lloyd Dennis, operate a small farm on Salster Road.
Yolan Dennis tells WMOA News that she’s been urged to run for office several times over the years but now, with her children grown, it seems like the right time and the right office to run for…to make a positive difference for the area. We asked about her main priority if she is sent by voters to Columbus…
“The big thing is the economy, and jobs. I think that with the availability of natural resources in our area, we have an opportunity to economically and safely develop those resources and bring good quality jobs to the area for people who want to stay in this area and raise families.
“We’ve raised five children; now we have a grandson and another grandchild on the way. We’ve really enjoyed raising our family here and being involved in the community, and we want other families to have the opportunity to stay here, with good-paying jobs.”
Dennis is a member of Tunnel United Methodist Church, where she is a Certified Lay Speaker. She’s a member of the National Rifle Association and a supporter of Right to Life, Relay for Life, and missionary outreach efforts.
Many residents of the Warren Local School District know her from being active in her children’s education as a school volunteer for 15 years.
She told us she hopes that her lack of political background will be seen by voters as a plus on Election Day.
In addition to part of Washington County, the 94th House District includes all of Meigs County, most of Athens County and eastern Vinton County.
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