Date: September 17th, 2008
Location: 1600 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH
Middleburg Heights Community Center
Former State Representative Jim Trakas
James P. Trakas, 43, is a lifelong resident of northeast Ohio. Born and raised in Independence, Trakas went on to earn a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from The Ohio State University in 1987. Trakas won his first public office in 1991, serving on the Independence City Council for two terms. In 1996, Trakas was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County (RPCC), an office he held until 2005.
In 1998, Trakas was elected to the 15th and later 17th District of the Ohio House of Representatives. He served for four terms, also assuming the role of House Majority Whip for two terms. As a member of the House, Trakas served on the Economic Development and Environment Committee, the Finance and Appropriations Committee, and the Higher Education Subcommittee. He was also the Vice Chair of the Elections and Ethics Committee.
During his time in Columbus, Trakas pledged to be the voice of his constituents. He was known as a staunch supporter of economic development in Ohio, helping to create the High Technology Third Frontier Initiative, changing Ohio's tax code to encourage investment, and promoting other pro-business policies.
Trakas is now seeking the Ohio 10th Congressional District seat. His campaign headquarters is based in his hometown of Independence, where he currently lives with his wife, Anne Kennedy Trakas.