|State Representative Adams Announces Retirement|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00|
State Rep. Richard Adams of Troy said he’d retire at the end of 2014 after three terms in the Ohio General Assembly serving the 80th House District.
A Republican, Adams announced his retirement at a press conference Dec. 6 in the Miami County commissioners’ meeting room.
He said the location was significant as the place where he started his public service efforts by becoming a county commissioner. That followed his retirement as founding superintendent of the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua.
Adams then served on the county Board of Elections before running for the state legislature.
He said his wife, Sandy, his unofficial district chief of state, had told him many times that “you have been successful in a lot of things but in retirement you have been a failure.”
This will be the fourth time he has retired, Adams said, adding, “I am determined to make the best of it.”
The retirement opens the door to a race for the house seat representing Miami County and a portion of Darke County.
John “Bud” O’Brien, county Republican chairman, said he did not immediately know of any specific party candidate. Dave Fisher, county Democratic Party chairman, said he was not aware of Adams’ plans to retire but was confident the Democrats would field a good candidate.
The filing deadline for the May primary is Feb. 5 at the county Board of Elections.
Adams made his announcement in front of a gathering of county Republican elected officials and supporters. He thanked them for helping him gather information on bills proposed for legislative action.
Those working daily in offices from sheriff to prosecutor to county engineer were asked if a bill would be useful to them and if its requirements would be affordable, Adams said. “I want to express appreciation to all of you for what you have done in advising me while I have been in Columbus,” he said.
Following retirement, Adams said he plans to continue involvement in four main activities. They include serving as chair of the county Republican Central Committee, renewing activities in Rotary, working on the Miami County Foundation Board of Directors and becoming more active as a director of Unity National Bank.
He and Sandy also plan to travel again.
Adams said he is proud of the leadership in Miami County, and of the constituents who live in the district.
“I don’t get a lot of constituents who say we need more laws in Columbus, but they do need, frequently, either advice or assistance,” he said. “That part is about 75 percent of the job of a legislator. I have enjoyed working for the constituents … it is a privilege to work in the public sector.”
Adams grew up on a dairy farm and received a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University. He holds master’s and a doctor of philosophy degree, both from OSU. Before moving to Miami County, he taught at Northwestern High School in Clark County and was vice president of Clark State Community College.
He and Sandy are the parents of three adult children. They live in Concord Township near Troy.