Van Wert commissioner to run for Congress


By Craig Kelly - [email protected]



Todd Wolfrum, of Van Wert, will run for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District seat in 2018. He is a Van Wert County Commissioner and an attorney.

Todd Wolfrum, of Van Wert, will run for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District seat in 2018. He is a Van Wert County Commissioner and an attorney.


Courtesy of Todd Wolfrum

VAN WERT — Van Wert County Commissioner Todd Wolfrum has announced his intention to run for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District seat in 2018.

A practicing attorney in Van Wert currently in his second term as county commissioner, Wolfrum would be running in the Republican primary against incumbent Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green. He cites a disconnect between congressional Republicans and the conservative voters who sent them to Washington, D.C. as the driving force behind his decision to run.

“I believe that conservatives in northwest Ohio and around the country have been largely betrayed by the Republicans we have sent to Washington,” Wolfrum said in a statement. “Even when Republicans have a distinct majority, they never pursue the agenda they promise.”

Wolfrum pointed to his work as a county commissioner, leading “new economic development efforts to confront the changing problems facing northwest Ohio and much of the country’s rural areas,” according to his statement.

“The problem has been finding qualified employees and retaining young people,” he said.

Wolfrum outlines his political views in “The Conservative Story,” a collection of his weekly newspaper columns and other writings available later this month.

“The book is basically about how to deal with the establishment and get back to the country’s roots in the Constitution,” he said. “The best way to drain the swamp is to unseat Republicans who are not pursuing the goals of limited government, a balanced budget and states’ rights in Congress. Our district’s current representative has been in office long enough to draw a pension, but it would be difficult to find an instance where he has made a meaningful effort at these or any other conservative objectives.”

Latta has represented the district since 2007. The Republican primary will be held in May 2018.

Todd Wolfrum, of Van Wert, will run for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District seat in 2018. He is a Van Wert County Commissioner and an attorney.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/06/web1_image2.jpgTodd Wolfrum, of Van Wert, will run for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District seat in 2018. He is a Van Wert County Commissioner and an attorney. Courtesy of Todd Wolfrum

By Craig Kelly

[email protected]

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

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