NEWARK – Businessman and community leader Brad Chute, R-Newark, announced Friday that he will seek the Republican nomination in 2022 to replace outgoing state Sen. Jay Hottinger, R-Newark, who is term-limited.
The current 31st Senate District includes all of Licking, Perry, Tuscarawas, and Coshocton counties, and part of Holmes County. The state of Ohio will redraw the lines for all state aand federal seats later this year.
Chute described himself in a news release as a strong conservative with deep personal and professional roots in the community, whose family has lived throughout the district for generations. This is his first run for public office.
For nearly two decades Chute has been a licensed funeral director with Vensil & Chute Funeral Home in Newark. A graduate of Newark High School, he returned to Licking County after completing his studies at Ohio University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He has been active with the Rotary Club of Newark and recently served as resident of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife Meghann, a longtime teacher in the Southwest Licking School District, live in Newark with their three children.