Anthony Adornetto Candidate for Muskingum County Commissioner

ZANESVILLE – Anthony Adornetto, an independent consultant from Zanesville, is the first resident to seek Jim Porter’s seat as Muskingum County Commissioner. Porter has said he will not be running again in the fall.

On Friday morning, Adornetto was the only person to apply before the February 2 deadline. The Election Board will certify candidates’ petitions for the November general election shortly after the deadline.

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

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He said his experience working with the public sector since leaving his last post at Zane State College had helped him prepare for a full-time job on the Council of Commissioners.

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

It is important to plan for the future with routine projects like water, sewage and broadband, said Adornetto, but he also wants to take advantage of other leadership opportunities offered to commissioners. This may include observing or participating in certain boards, such as the land bank or the port authority.

“I saw that being there, being prepared, asking questions and planning, it doesn’t happen overnight,” he said. “But we wouldn’t have Eastpointe, Northpointe (business parks) if 20 or 30 years ago a bunch of people hadn’t sat down (and planned to).”

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

“I believe that a strong local economy is the best thing for everyone,” he said. “You have local businesses, which means you keep the capital here locally, which means they then invest in community foundations and community colleges and things like that.”

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

“Since this is critical to the current economy, it is a high priority for Muskingum County,” he said.

Adornetto graduated from Muskingum University with a BA in Public Affairs and Political Science in 2012. He received an MBA from Ohio University in 2018.

Before becoming independent, he worked for the Zane State College Foundation. He has also served as a Field Representative for the office of US Representative 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 board of directors of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance.

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