Galena, OH – Beth Lear, Republican from Galena, announced today that she will campaign for State Representative in Ohio’s 2nd House District, currently held by Kris Jordan (R – Powell). Representative Jordan is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by Senate President Bill Harris.

“For a long time now it has been true that as Ohio goes, so goes the nation,” said Lear. “But Ohio hasn’t been leading, we’ve been following. I want to change that.”

Lear said that, according the most recent “Rich States, Poor States” report from the American Legislative Exchange Council, Ohio ranked 49th in economic performance, with only Michigan doing worse.

“There’s a simple reason for that poor performance,” Lear said. “Republican and Democrat leaders alike for the last 20 years have been unwilling to rein in our state government,” Lear said. “Add burdensome taxation and regulation and it becomes awfully difficult to grow jobs. Ohio needs a different kind of leader, one who understands that government is best when it governs least. I pledge to be that kind of leader.”

Lear said Ohio must have a government that gets out of the way and allows small businesses to thrive. “If you want to keep college graduates in Ohio and encourage new business to locate here, then you must allow them to create and thrive, and reward them for it, rather than punish them,” Lear said.

Lear is a strong conservative who values small government and lower, simplified taxes. She has experience as a policy analyst, including work for the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, and she was a legislative aide for more than eight years in the Ohio House of Representatives.

She also served in the Ohio Air National Guard and was assigned to the Pentagon during Operation Desert Storm.

Friday, December 5, 2009


Beth’s parents, Sid and Alice Umbstaetter, moved to Delaware County in 1969. Beth graduated from Olentangy Local School in 1985. Her mother was raised in Orange Township by her grandparents, Dorothy and Frank Chambers. Beth and her husband Jeff, a firefighter for the city of Westerville, live in Galena and their two children attend Big Walnut Schools.


  1. Kathy Oster

    December 14, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I received a phone call from Alice Umbstaetter. She indicated you may be interested in coming to our Discussion Group. The Olentangy Area Senior Citizens meet on Monday morning for a Discussion Group. We are booked until February. As discussed with Alice, I marked in the book that you may be interested in coming. I have February 1st available. We would be honored to have you come speak to our group. We meet from 9:30 a.m til 10:30 a.m on Monday at Panera Bread. I can give you more details, please feel free to give me a call or reply by email.
    Kathy Oster

  2. Philip Motter

    January 24, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Ms. Lear:

    I/We could go on forever discussing the problems with state and federal misgivings.

    All I have to say is… I am sick to death of seeing the rule of law totally disregarded by both parties.

    Please stand firm with what you are saying now.

    Thank You for protecting Ohio’s and the Countrys Constitution, not just the Second Amendment but the entire Consstitutions are tp be adhered to.

    Thank You again

    Philip Motter

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