Thursday, November 03, 2011

Eklund Selected to Fill Vacany in 18th District

(Columbus) - Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond) announced today that a Senate screening committee will recommend John Eklund to fill the vacancy in the 18th Senate District, which includes all of Geauga and Lake counties and a portion of Cuyahoga county.

"I am most grateful for this appointment and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate on behalf of the people of the 18th District and the State of Ohio," said Eklund.

The Senate screening committee selected Eklund following an interview process that began with 13 candidates for the appointment. He will be sworn in as the new senator for the 18th District during the next Senate session, currently scheduled for Wednesday, November 9.

"We had a strong group of candidates for this appointment, but John clearly stood out as a dynamic, thoughtful and informed person who is eager to serve the people of the 18th District," said Senator Niehaus. "John's experience in the private sector and as a leader in the community makes him uniquely qualified for this position. His personal story is a testament that success comes through persistence and hard work. We value the perspective he will bring to the Senate and look forward to his active engagement in our caucus."

Eklund is a partner at the law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold in Cleveland, where he serves as chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation group and is head of the Antitrust Litigation practice. He has received national recognition for his work in antitrust law. Eklund is also active in the community, having served on the boards of the Geauga County YMCA and the United Way Services of Geauga County.

Eklund is a graduate of Union College and the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He and his wife Meg live in Chardon and have two daughters.