Friday, January 25, 2008

Widener wins Award


Candidate for State Senate named "Outstanding Public Official of the Year"
SPRINGFIELD, OH (1/24/08) - The American Subcontractors Association of the Miami Valley (ASA) has awarded Chris Widener, conservative Republican candidate for the Ohio State Senate, with their Outstanding Public Official of the Year Award.

The ASA recognized Widener's proven leadership on small business issues - especially those that impact the sub-contracting industry and the billions of dollars of investment in Ohio's infrastructure they represent.

The ASA indicated that they are honoring Widener because of his leadership and for his unique role as a liaison between the construction community and the state legislature. He's used his experience in the industry to be both a powerful voice for his constituents, and a voice for fairness to Subcontractors across Ohio.

As a small businessman, Widener understands that government red tape hinders job creation. That's why he's worked hard to represent business interests and fought to remove bureaucratic obstacles.

"I'm honored to be recognized for understanding and representing the often complex subcontracting industry," said Widener. "As state senator I'll continue to fight against unnecessary government burdens for all industries and small businesses."

The American Subcontractors Association, with which the Miami Valley Chapter is affiliated, is a non-profit Trade Association that has a membership of over 5,000 construction subcontracting firms nationwide. The Association's primary purposes are to promote and protect the rights of construction subcontractors, and to encourage fair business practices and contractor education.

Widener is currently serving Madison and portions of Clark and Greene Counties in his fourth term as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives where he is chairman of the House Financial Institutions, Real Estate, and Securities Committee. As a state representative, Widener voted to cut income taxes, provided prescription drug coverage for 1.4 million Ohio seniors without any additional costs to the taxpayers, and helped pass a state budget with the lowest growth in spending in nearly half a century.

He is a licensed architect and has owned his own firm for 18 years. Prior to starting his own business he worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as a civil service architect and as the installations first full-time Historic Preservation Officer.


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