Ohio Rep To Step Down As House Democratic Leader

After five years, Ohio House Democratic leader Armond Budish says he'll step down before his term ends next year.(Photo: Ohio House of Representatives)
After five years, Ohio House Democratic leader Armond Budish says he'll step down before his term ends next year.(Photo: Ohio House of Representatives)

The Democratic leader in the Ohio House says he’s stepping down from his role before his term ends next year.

Rep. Armond Budish of Beachwood has led House Democrats for five years. His resignation as minority leader is effective Tuesday night and comes as he considers a run for Cuyahoga County executive.

Budish told The Plain Dealer in Cleveland that he’s been looking at the county seat for months.

Democrats also are losing their assistant minority leader. Rep. Matt Szollosi of Toledo is resigning his seat this month to become executive director of the Affiliated Construction Trades of Ohio.

The House Democrats’ leadership team also includes Tracy Maxwell Heard of Columbus and Debbie Phillips of Albany.

The caucus planned to pick a new leadership team Tuesday night.

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