Mike Dovilla (R-Middleburg Heights) announced officially today that he will run for the United States House of Representatives in the 10th Congressional District of Ohio.
Dovilla returns home from a nine year public service career that spanned three years as a senior staffer to Senator George Voinovich and two years as an executive director in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, a position to which he was appointed by President Bush. While in Washington, Dovilla was also appointed to serve in the U.S. Departments of State and Defense. He graduated with distinction with a Master of Public Administration from American University. In 2002, he was awarded a highly prized commission and continues to serve as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Also, Dovilla worked with Senator Voinovich to write five bills that were enacted to restructure and reform the federal civil service today, positively impacting 1.8 million workers.
"There is serious work to be done in Cleveland, and we need a Congressman who has experience working successfully with Members of Congress in both parties and the White House. Congressman Steve LaTourette has done a great job for the people of the 14th District and greater Cleveland. I'm ready to go to D.C. to work with him," Dovilla said.
When more than 1,000 jobs at the Cleveland office of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), affecting federal employees throughout the region, were targeted for downsizing through the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process last year, it was Congressman LaTourette who intervened. His staff researched and uncovered significant accounting flaws dramatically overstating the operating costs of the Cleveland office, among other errors that initially led the BRAC Commission to recommend closure. When Congressman Kucinich was asked about this matter, his response was, "This administration has basically told Northern Ohio to go to hell. This community needs these jobs and Washington is fully aware of that."
Dovilla observed, "No matter who was in the White House, as a sitting U.S. Congressman, I would have been actively advocating the needs of the people of my district. Hard work, not rhetoric, is what gets the job done for communities. Congressman Kucinich's comments are not a productive contribution to the public discourse. I guess this is how he figures he is representing the best interests of the people of this district."
At the announcement on Saturday from the front porch of the residence of Tom and Amy Dewey, Dovilla outlined his campaign's positive message. "By working together, we will rekindle Cleveland's economic prosperity, ensure our national security, and protect the traditional values that northeast Ohioans cherish."
"Cleveland is a very special city. It's a great place to live, work, and raise a family," Dovilla said. "The people of this area are hard-working, good-hearted Midwesterners who believe in the American Dream." Dovilla's family, the descendents of Italian, Irish, and German immigrants, made northeast Ohio their home several generations ago, and Dovilla has continued to keep this strong ethnic heritage as a part of his life.
Dovilla chose the site of his announcement to focus on the importance of retaining and attracting top talent to the region. "We've heard a lot recently about Cleveland's brain drain.' Regrettably, some of those statistics are true. And it's up to us to turn that around. The Deweys are prime examples of the young professionals we need to keep as our neighbors - people who contribute to this community and to greater Cleveland. I made the choice to come home because I believe positive action starts with each one of us."
"It's time to ensure we take care of our seniors, our children, and our veterans," Dovilla added. "As your Congressman, I will work with Cleveland's civic and business leaders, other members of Ohio's Congressional delegation, and the people of the 10th District to focus on our communities' needs."