Lawrence Hartlaub

Lawrence (Larry) Hartlaub is a native of Port Clinton, Ohio. He graduated from Port Clinton High School before attending Wright State University where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Economics in 2004. Hartlaub was elected Auditor for the City of Port Clinton in 2009. During his term, he managed two full state audits, wrote three city-wide budgets, assisted in negotiating two union contracts, and aided in obtaining financing for equipment and large capital projects.

Since taking over as Ottawa County Auditor in 2012, Hartlaub has effectively facilitated the transition between leaders and gained the respect and support of his office personnel, county elected leadership, and department heads. He has devoted countless hours to learning and updating county and statewide processes to improve efficiency, reduce waste and deliver better services to the citizens of Ottawa County. In January 2015, he received the Ohio Distinguished County Auditor award.

Last year, Hartlaub billed and distributed more than $70 million in property taxes to political subdivisions like school districts, townships, and local municipalities. He saved and refunded nearly $945,000 in real estate fees back to political subdivisions from his own office operations budget. As a key member on the Ottawa County Board of Revision, Hartlaub has participated in more than 300 property valuation decisions.

Hartlaub is focused on using modern communication tools to listen to his constituents in new ways and bring their voices to the legislature. He wants to create jobs by investing in a 21st century local infrastructure, restoring Lake Erie, investing in our schools, bolstering Ohio’s manufacturing and clean energy industries, and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit for low income families. But after six years of government accounting, he knows that we have to make progress in a fiscally responsible way through a simplified budget process that doesn’t let special interests insert unrelated pet projects into the budget. Hartlaub believes that we need to make sure that the wealthiest among us are paying their fair share in order to provide high-quality services to everyday Ohioans.

Hartlaub has committed years to serving his community. Whether it’s with United Way, Main Street Port Clinton, or Ruth Ann’s House, he has worked hard to make his home the best it can be. Now Hartlaub is running for State Representative to give back to the community that has given him and his family so much. He has been honored to serve the people of Ottawa County and would like nothing more than to extend the reach of my public service.