Kasich Appoints Democratic Senator To Head Governor's Office Of Appalachia

By
Cheri Russo

Dateline
Updated Sat, Nov 19, 2011 6:43 pm

Ohio's Republican Governor has appointed a Democratic State Senator to head the Governor's Office of Appalachia.

According to a news release, John Kasich has appointed Jason Wilson of Columbiana to become the GOA director.

The Governor's Office of Appalachia is the state's lead agency for fostering job creation and development in the 32-county appalachian region.

Wilson has represented Ohio's 30th Senate district, which includes Columbiana, Belmont, Jefferson, Harrison and part of Tuscarawas counties.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols says it's not a surprise that Kasich would appoint a Democrat to the position.

"He doesn't put a lot of stock into the party ID," says Nichols.

Nichols says Wilson is a good fit for the job because he has a solid business background.

Wilson is the son of Former U.S Representative Charlie Wilson.

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