YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – John Boccieri will replace Ron Gerberry in the Ohio House of Representatives, Boccieri confirmed to WKBN Tuesday.
Gerberry resigned from the 59th District Ohio House seat Aug. 21 after being found guilty for improper compensation of a public official. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, all suspected, and three years probation.
Boccieri is a also former state representative who has been working as a pilot and serving as a member of the Western Reserve Port Authority.
As state representative, Boccieri said he will focus on Ohio’s “rainy day fund” and bringing resources back to the Valley.
“Why are we sitting on $2 billion of rainy day funds? It’s raining outside. We have a lot of work that needs done around the state,” he said.
Boccieri looks back on his time in Congress, the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. He said he has the experience to work with those who have differing views to move the Valley, as well as the state, forward.
“We may have different perspectives and and ideas about how to get things done, but we’re all Americans. We’re all Ohioans,” he said.
On Aug. 21, Gerberry agreed to be found guilty for improper compensation of a public official and officially resigned his seat as an Ohio representative.