Prominent ABC Member Thad Claggett Announces a Run for Ohio Statehouse

Thad Claggett, president of Claggett & Sons Inc., has thrown his hat into the Republican primary for Ohio House District 71. Claggett is a civil engineer and a fourth-generation commercial and industrial construction contractor based in Newark, Ohio.

Claggett previously served as chair of the ABC Central Ohio Chapter and the statewide association, ABC of Ohio. His company has deep roots in the Central Ohio area construction industry dating back to 1953 when the company was founded by Claggett’s grandfather, Lloyd Claggett. Thad himself has been involved in the family business for more than 40 years.

Claggett is mounting a primary challenge against speaker-appointed incumbent Rep. Mark Fraizer in a race that has been named one of the top 10 legislative primaries to watch in Ohio this year by The winner of the primary will be a heavy favorite to win a full term this fall for House District 71, where the Republican nominee has exceeded 60 percent of the vote in every general election since 2012.

Claggett has been endorsed in the election by ABC of Ohio.

The Ohio Republican Primary is quickly approaching on March 17, and we encourage you to visit to learn more about his candidacy.

ABC is excited to follow the race of yet another ABC member who is exemplifying the association’s mantra of “Get Into Politics or Get Out of Business,” and we look forward to updating you on the outcome of this important race.