Ohio state school board member who lobbied resigns

JULIE CARR SMYTH AP Statehouse Correspondent Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A member of Ohio's state school board has resigned after questions arose over his work as a lobbyist.

Bryan Williams, an Akron-area Republican, said in an email to board President Debe (DEH'-bee) Terhar (TAYR'-hahr) Monday that recent media reports drew his attention to an Ohio Ethics Commission opinion saying elected members of state boards shouldn't be registered lobbyists.

Williams was one of four board members identified by the Akron Beacon Journal as having ties to businesses with a stake in education funding overseen by the 19-member panel.

A message was left for Williams, who is a lobbyist for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, a group of non-union contractors.

Williams pushed recently for a bill establishing a contractor apprenticeship program paid for by school districts.

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.