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Jodi Salvo to challenge Brett Hillyer for State Rep

| December 5, 2023

BOLIVAR (WJER) (December 5, 2023) – One of Tuscarawas County’s leading voices for substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment is seeking a larger platform in state government.

Jodi Salvo has announced her plans to run for State Representative. She says she will challenge incumbent Brett Hillyer for the Republican nomination for the 51st District in the March 19 primary.

Salvo is the coordinator for Empower Tusc, formerly known as the anti-drug coalition, and the director of substance use prevention services for OhioGuidestone, a nonprofit behavioral health care provider.

She says her work often takes her to Columbus to address policy making at the state level.

“I’ve really learned the importance of well-crafted legislation to really protect communities, but I have also really understood that, my goodness, every single rural voice needs to be heard. Those conservative voices need to be heard,” Salvo said.

She says she hasn’t agreed with Hillyer in the past year.

“I feel that I can better represent our conservative views in Columbus,” she said. “Maybe a little bit of a frustration started on Jan. 3 when Brett was instrumental in a nomination for the current speaker of the house which was against the Republican caucus.”

Hillyer did not immediately return a phone message. The deadline for candidates to declare for the March primary is Dec. 20.



BOLIVAR, OH – Jodi Salvo announced this morning that she will seek the Republican nomination for the 51st District in the Ohio House of Representatives.

“The 51st District needs a representative that reflects the conservative values and traditions that we hold dear. I have spent the last 17 years in Tuscarawas County, raised a family and developed relationships with leaders who are striving every day to make a positive impact on their community.” Salvo said, “I am running because of a deep passion to serve our amazing district. My commitment is driven by a desire to champion the values of our community and ensure our voice is heard in Columbus. I want to see to it that legislation is well crafted and addresses the unique needs of our rural county. My desire is to listen, learn and take decisive action on behalf my constituents.”

Salvo currently serves as the Director of Substance Use Prevention Services at OhioGuidestone, and is the coordinator of the Empower Tusc Coalition. In 2018, Salvo was named Citizen of the Year from the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce. Jodi attributes her values of faith, family, and service to others from being raised in a Christian home, and working on their dairy farm in Western Pennsylvania. She knows how to work hard.

Salvo currently resides in Bolivar, Ohio with her husband Phil of 32 years. They are proud parents of two adult sons Matthew & Jeremey. Jodi is not a stranger to Columbus and has the experience to bring fresh ideas on day one.

“My passion is being a voice for those that face challenges in society, especially around mental health and addiction. My work has given me tremendous insight into the issues facing our communities and the experience to know how to make changes for the better,” said Salvo More Information:

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