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Government and Politics

Stark Countian will head powerful PUCO
Todd Snitchler expected to become chairman of utilities commission.

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M.L. Schultze
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Stark County  will be looking for a new lawmaker. Today (Thursday), Gov. Kasich appointed Todd Snitchler as chairman of one of the most powerful agencies in Ohio. 

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  If the Ohio Senate goes along, Todd Snitchler will be serving at least three years as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. That's the time remaining on the term of  Alan Schriber’s, who retired. 

Snitchler is just starting his second term in the statehouse, representing a House district that essentially encircles Canton.

He a graduate of the University of Akron’s law school and was in private practice before going to Columbus. He also worked in the insurance industry.

In the House, he chaired the public utilities committee.

It will be up to house Republicans to appoint a replacement to fill out the remaining nearly two years of Snitchler’s term.   Mike Dittoe of the House Republican Organizing Committee says House Speaker William Batchhelder thinks the governor made a good choice. 

The Office of Consumer’s Counsel – which represents  consumers in cases before the utilities commission says in a statement that it appreciates what it calls Snitchler’s "willingness to consider the residential utility customer perspective."








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