|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the 73rd district
|Assumed office |
January 7, 2013
|Preceded by||Jarrod Martin|
|Born||September 22, 1959|
|Alma mater||Auburn University, Troy University|
|Service/||U.S. Air Force|
|Years of service||1982–1997|
Rick Perales (born September 22, 1959) is a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 73rd district. He was elected in 2012, defeating Democrat Bill Conner. Prior to this he defeated incumbent Representative Jarrod Martin in the Republican primary in an upset result.
Before joining the Ohio House of Representatives, Perales served on the city council of Beavercreek, Ohio, and as commissioner of Greene County. Prior to that he served in the US Air Force. Perales also works as Campus Planning and Real Estate Director at the University of Dayton.
Ohio House of Representatives
2012 Campaign and Election
Perales joined a crowded primary to unseat incumbent Jarrod Martin. He finished with a commanding lead of 59.85% of the vote, followed by Eric Spicer at 20.86% and Martin finishing third at 19.29%. Perales faced Bill Connor in the General, winning by a wide margin of 64% to 36%.
Perales focused his campaign on his experience in local government. After retiring from the Air Force, he ran for Beavercreek City Council and was elected Mayor from 2002-2003. Perales then successfully ran for Greene County Commissioner, a title he held for eight years. When asked about his race for the Ohio Statehouse, Perales cited his experience as a local government official being beneficial to help state leaders appreciate what local governments go through in terms of funding and support.
Perales was sworn in by Speaker William G. Batchelder on January 7, 2013.
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- Aikins, Asia (12 November 2012). "Election night smooth, BCS levy in the air". Beavercreek News Current. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "Rick Perales Upsets Jarrod Martin in Primary for 73rd District". Beavercreek Record. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- Cogliano, Joe (19 February 2013). "Q&A: Rick Perales, Ohio state representative". Dayton Business Journal. Retrieved 27 July 2013.