Stephen Slesnick

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Stephen Slesnick
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 49th district
In office
March 11, 2008 – December 31, 2016
Preceded by William J. Healy II
Succeeded by Tom West
Personal details
Born (1977-12-03) December 3, 1977 (age 39)
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater Ohio State University
Profession Business Owner

Stephen Slesnick (born December 3, 1977) is a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives who represented the 49th District from 2008 to 2016. A Democrat, Slesnick represented portions of Stark County, including Canton and Massillon.

Life and career[edit]

A lifelong resident of Canton, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University, Slesnick became Slesnick Iron & Metal Company's vice president. He also has worked for Morgan Stanley and Octagon.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

When William J. Healy II resigned from the Ohio House to become Mayor of Canton, nine people, including Slesnick, sought appointment to the seat. However, House Democrats decided to wait for the results of the 2008 primary, where Slesnick was up against four others for the Democratic nomination. He won the nomination with 29.02% of the electorate, and completed the remainder of Healy's term.[1]

In his campaign for his first full term, Slesnick faced Republican Richard Hart. He won the election with 68.6% of the vote.[2] For the 128th General Assembly, Speaker of the House Armond Budish named Slesnick as Chairman of the Agriculture & Development Subcommittee of the House Finance Committee.

In the 2010 cycle, Slesnick ran for reelection against Republican Travis Secrest, and won with 62.89% of the vote.[3] Slesnick won reelection in 2012 with 69.75% over Republican Monique Moore. He won a final term in 2014 with 62% of the vote.

Committee assignments[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results
Year Office Election Votes for Slesnick % Opponent Party Votes %
2008 Ohio House of Representatives General 21,492 69.01% Richard Hart Republican 9,652 30.99%
2010 General 16,563 62.52% Travis Secrest Republican 9,929 37.48%
2012 General 31,354 69.75% Monique Moore Republican 13,601 30.25%
2014 General 15,331 64.00% Dallas Charton Republican 8,624 36.00%