Matt Lundy

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Matt Lundy
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 55th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2, 2007
Preceded by Earl Martin
Succeeded by Nathan Manning (elect)
Personal details
Born (1960-01-04) January 4, 1960 (age 54)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Residence Elyria, Ohio
Alma mater Lorain County Community College, Friends University
Profession Full-time Legislator/Former Investigative-Reporter/Anchor
Religion Catholic

Matt Lundy is a Democratic Party member of the Ohio House of Representatives, who has represented the 55th District since 2007.

Career[edit]

Lundy holds an associate’s degree from Lorain County Community College and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. At Avon Lake High School during the 1970s, Lundy hosted a radio show on WLRO 1380 in Lorain, Ohio. By the age of 24, Lundy was anchoring the 11:00 p.m. news on a Toledo, Ohio television station. Lundy made other stops during his television career in Utah, Tennessee, Mississippi and North Carolina. Lundy later served as the statewide political correspondent for a four-station group in West Virginia.

His first public service job was on Avon Lake’s City Council from 1994 to 1995. Later, Lundy began serving under Elyria Mayor Bill Grace as assistant safety/service director. He served in that capacity until being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

In 2006, incumbent Earl Martin, who had been appointed, was seen as vulnerable by Democrats. Lundy, in a primary battle with Alan Caruso, won 68.82% of the vote to face in incumbent in the general election.[1] The race became contentious, when a local property dispute involving Martin became public. Lundy beat Martin, taking 56.23% of the vote.[2]

For his first reelection bid in 2008, Lundy was targeted hard by the Republican Party who sought to take the district back, and Avon City Councilman Daniel Urban was nominated to run against Lundy.[3] Lundy won reelection with 57.61% of the vote.[4] For the 128th General Assembly, Speaker of the House Armond Budish named Lundy Chairman of the Consumer Affairs & Economic Protection Committee.

With his second reelection bid, Lundy hung on to his seat against Republican Rae Brady by winning 50.88% of the vote.[5] He is serving on the committees of Finance and Appropriations and its Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee (as ranking member), Local Government, Education, and State Government and Elections.

Lundy won a final term in 2012 with 62.68% of the vote over Republican Rae Brady.

Initiatives, policies and positions[edit]

With Republicans proposing to privatize the Ohio Department of Development, Lundy has asked the Ohio Ethics Commission to weigh in on the proposal, which he said would exempt the entity from many of the disclosure and oversight measures typical for agencies that spend public money. Lundy raised similar questions after a gubernatorial proposal to privatize prisons, citing that Governor John Kasich's cabinet has individuals who formerly worked in the private prison industry. His questions were answered by the Ohio Ethics Commission as stating that he met ethics requirements.[6] Upon hearing Lundy's concerns, OEC ruled that there was not a conflict of interest with the director.[7]

He has also cited other reasons against privatization, specifically calling the selling of five or possibly six prisons to private operators is "profitization, not privatization."[8]

His initiative, the "Taxpayers' Right to Know Act", would address concerns about the Republican governor's proposed JobsOhio entity being exempt from certain public records and open meetings laws. "As long as public dollars are to be used, the public has a right to know how those dollars are being spent," he said.[9]

In regards to the state biennium budget, Lundy has acknowledged that he is not in favor of proposals that aim to expand charter schools, saying that they are not worthy of support, and has criticized Republicans for supporting them.[10] Lundy has also been considering legal action after being rebuffed in a public-records request, filed April 6, for 17 items of information related to education funding from Governor Kasich].[11]

Lundy involved in controversy over apparent reversal of his promise to support Second Amendment rights in order to obtain endorsements from Ohio gun rights organizations.[12]

In regards to public records, Lundy has criticized Governor Kasich for evading the disclosure of certain documents requested by Lundy and others. Kasich defended this with the ruling from the 2008 Ohio Supreme Court case, Glasgow v. Jones. Kasich maintains that the magnitude of the request for documentation illustrated undue cause and lack of a clear objective. Lundy believes that the case is not relevant due to the specificity of the request and has requested the opinion of State Attorney General Mike DeWine.[13] Lundy has stated that the administration has been secretive from the beginning, yet the public wants as much transparency as possible.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ohio House 57th: Lundy (D) Challenges Martin (R) On Jail Vote and Charter Schools
  2. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2006 general election results (2006-11-07)
  3. ^ Urban, Lundy focus on economy, job needs in the 57th House District race
  4. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 general election results (2008-11-04)
  5. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2010 general election results (2010-11-02)
  6. ^ Johnson, Alan (2011-03-18). "Do the crime, pay more than time". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Alan (2011-04-06). "Prison director cleared of conflict of interest". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Alan (2011-05-03). "Lawmaker calls sale of state prisons 'insane'". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  9. ^ Dem lawmaker unveils “Taxpayers Right to Know Act” -critical of “JobsOhio”
  10. ^ Siegel, Jim (2011-04-29). "Charter-school backer attacks House proposal". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  11. ^ Vardon, Joe (2011-04-21). "Democrats' request for school data is rejected". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  12. ^ Dicken, Brad (2011-04-26). "Group takes shot at Lundy over concealed carry vote". Chronicle Telegram. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  13. ^ Siegel, Jim (2011-06-19). "Opinion sought on Kasich records denial". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  14. ^ Goodenow, Evan (2011-06-19). "Rep. Matt Lundy, Gov. Kasich at odds over info release". The Chronicle Telegram. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 

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