A longtime Clark County resident and businessman announced plans on Friday to run as a Republican for Ohio’s 79th District seat.
Argeri Lagos, 28, joins Republican Kyle Koehler and Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Darrell Jackson, a Democrat, in a race for the district seat that represents Springfield, New Carlisle, Enon and South Charleston.
Rep. Ross McGregor, a Republican now in his fifth term in the Ohio legislature, will soon vacate the seat as he can’t run for re-election because of term limits.
Lagos announced his plans to seek the seat in a news release to the Springfield News-Sun in which he vowed to work to bring jobs to Clark County.
“We need to aggressively compete for jobs,” he said. “We must work together to make it known that Clark County is the best place in the state and in the nation for businesses to start and grow.”
Lagos is a graduate of Shawnee High School. He also has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree in tax law from Boston University and a law degree from Capital University.
He is an attorney at Springfield law office Lagos and Lagos and is president of Springfield Spartans, LLC, a company that specializes in purchasing and managing commercial, residential and multi-family real estate in Clark County.
The company recently reached an agreement to purchase the News-Sun downtown building. As part of the agreement, the News-Sun staff will remain as tenants.
Lagos’ run for the House seat is his first for public office.
He said he hopes area residents vote for him based on his plans to ensure that Clark County remains a great place to live and raise a family.
“The way to do that is to bring jobs and the state representative has to make that the top priority,” Lagos said.
Lagos’ announcement to seek office comes weeks after Mike Walters, a Democrat, dropped out of the race and endorsed Koehler, a Republican.
Koehler is part owner of K.K. Tool Co. in Springfield. He lost a close race for Clark County commissioner last year, but he said he believes his focus on jobs and smaller government will grab the attention of local voters.
Jackson, a Stebbins graduate, is a long-time county resident. The first-time candidate is endorsed by the Clark County Democratic Party. Jackson has told the News-Sun he plans to focus on jobs, family and the community.
“We must continue to work hard to make the region an attractive place to live, work, attract businesses and raise a family,” Jackson told the News-Sun after announcing his candidacy.