From The (East Liverpool) Review:
LISBON – Local businessman Craig Newbold has announced his candidacy for the state representative seat held by Democrat Linda Bolon.
Newbold, founder of the NewLife Technical Institute, will seek the Republican nomination for the state representative seat in the May 4 primary election.
“I have stood by for too long and watched this region of Ohio slide backwards. I believe that I could bring a fresh new perspective to the General Assembly and help shape policies that will put us back on the right track,” said Newbold, in a news release issued Thursday.
Newbold, who grew up in St. Clair Township and graduated from Beaver Local High School, founded Best Consulting in Seattle 20 years ago, which he said grew into a $100 million operation and one of the premier software service companies on the West Coast, with 1,100 employees.
Selling the company in 1996 gave Newbold and his wife, Rose, the opportunity to become what he calls a “social entrepreneur” by returning to the county and using his expertise in the software industry to start a new business.
“Rather than trying to revive the faltered industries of the past, I looked to the IT service industry and launched NewLife, a non-profit IT training school for people that needed a ‘hand up,’ a hand that I could give them,” Newbold said in the news release.
Newbold said he wanted to be able to do more, which is why he decided to run for state office. “Rather than focusing on creating substantive new jobs, we resort to gambling casinos. This is not sound public policy in my mind,” he said.
“Meanwhile, the state is facing budget deficits that are of staggering proportions. Had it not been for the federal government’s bailout, we would have had to shut down much of the state government. This has to be addressed and addressed now,” Newbold said.
Mr. Newbold’s private sector accomplishments are amazing. I would like to know more about his American Spirit Initiative, which has an important cause but unfortunately requested millions in Federal stimulus dollars. (I guess we now know why Gov. Strickland turned down the American Spirit Initiative’s requests… Once again showing how political the doling out of “stimulus” dollars is.)
Newbold was featured in Mahoning Valley Leaders Magazine, which can be read here.