Angola dentist Dennis Zent announced Wednesday he will run for state representative in the seat currently held by Rep. Dick Dodge, R-Pleasant Lake.
Dodge reportedly told area Republicans over the weekend he would not seek re-election in the reconfigured House District 51 district, which includes nearly all of Steuben and LaGrange counties. Dodge has been in the House since 2004.
Zent is the current chairman of the Steuben County Republican Party, and has served as a precinct committeeman and a delegate to the GOP state convention numerous times.
"As a dentist, I am a small business owner who struggles with the same challenges and concerns all business owners face: over regulation, high taxes and constant government intrusion," he said. "Healthcare professionals nationwide are finally becoming alarmed by the increasing interference of the government at all levels. I believe doctors need to step out of their comfort zone and attempt to find a cure for the sick state of affairs we find in all levels of government."
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