Anthony Adornetto to run for Muskingum County commissioner

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ZANESVILLE — Anthony Adornetto, a Zanesville native and self-employed consultant, is the first resident to seek to fill Jim Porter's seat as a Muskingum County commissioner. Porter said he will not run for reelection in the fall.

Anthony Adornetto
Anthony Adornetto

As of Friday morning, Adornetto was the only person who has filed to run ahead of the Feb. 2 deadline. The board of elections will certify candidate petitions for the November general election shortly after the due date.

Adornetto works in commercial real estate and consults on fundraising and grant writing projects, including writing a grant for the Muskingum County jail.

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He said his experience working with the public sector since leaving his last position at Zane State College has helped prepared him for a full-time job on the board of commissioners.

One commissioner will be elected in the general election this November. Commissioners Mollie Crooks and Cindy Cameron retained their seats in the 2020 election.

It's important to plan for the future with routine projects like water, sewer and broadband, Adornetto said, but he also wants to take advantage of other leadership opportunities afforded to commissioners. That may include observing or serving on certain boards, like the land bank or port authority.

"I've seen that being present, being prepared, asking questions and planning it out, it doesn't get done overnight," he said. "But we wouldn't have Eastpointe, Northpointe (business parks) if 20 or 30 years ago a bunch of folks didn't sit down (and plan it)."

A major priority for him, Adornetto said, would be encouraging economic development.

"I believe a strong local economy is the best thing for everybody," he said. "You have locally-owned businesses, which means you keep the capital here locally, which means they're then investing in the community foundations and community colleges and things like that."

In addition to promoting economic development, he cited broadband expansion as a goal if elected.

"Given that it is critical to the current economy, it is a high priority for Muskingum County," he said.

Adornetto received a bachelor's degree from Muskingum University in public affairs and political science in 2012. He received a master's of business administration from Ohio University in 2018.

Prior to becoming self-employed, he worked for Zane State College Foundation. He also was a field representative for the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, and is a Marine Corps veteran.

He has served on the boards of the chamber of commerce and the Center for Seniors. He was also a member of an OMEGA committee and co-chair of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance board of directors.

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This article originally appeared on Zanesville Times Recorder: Anthony Adornetto to run for Muskingum County commissioner

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