PAYNE — State Representative Tony Burkley has made it official. He has filed petitions to run for re-election in the 82nd District.

Burkley is in the midst of his first two-year term of office. The 82nd District includes Van Wert County, as well as Paulding and Defiance counties and a portion of Auglaize County.

Burkley served as county commissioner in Paulding County for 16 years before running for the Statehouse. He currently serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, State and Local Government, and Economic Development and Regulatory Reform committees.

Recently Burkley, along with Rep. Bryan Hill, introduced HB 416, which will increase the number of calamity days allowed for school districts in Ohio for the current year only from five to nine. That bill passed out of the House Education Committee last week and will be voted on in the House as early as this week.

”With having several Level 1, 2, and 3 Snow Emergencies, I wanted to address this topic promptly and I appreciate those constituents for contacting me on this issue,” Burkley announced.

Burkley and his wife Nancy reside at rural Payne. He will be on the Republican ballot in the May 6 primary election.