Stephanie Kunze is running for the Ohio House of Representatives because she cares deeply about Ohio’s future and wants to serve the state she has come to love and call home. Eighteen years ago, Stephanie chose to call Ohio home when she met her now husband, Matt, who was earning his degree from The Ohio State University. Stephanie and Matt have been happily married for the past 17 years.
Stephanie moved many times growing up. Her dad is a Vietnam Veteran who started college after his return home from the war, marrying Stephanie’s mom and starting a family. He moved the family with each job promotion which gave Stephanie great experiences living in Michigan, New York, South Carolina and Indiana. Stephanie graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a BA in English. After college, Stephanie relocated to Ohio where she has focused much of her adult life exclusively on service to her family and community. She has spent her time and passion on raising her two daughters, Hannah and Abigail and serving the community she loves through volunteer leadership and service.
Stephanie also has a passion for advocating for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She is a founding member of Local Level, whose mission is to connect people to their community and to support local businesses. The website, www.localevel.com was created to give people the platform to get to know their community better and encourage those who live and work in an area to support their local businesses.
Through her work in her community as a volunteer, Stephanie felt the call for public service. She answered the call by running for Hilliard City Council. As the top vote getter in her first run for office, Stephanie felt that her work as a leader in the volunteer community together with her strong work ethic and ability to communicate were key reasons for the people of Hilliard trust her with their vote. As a member of Council she has served as Chair of the Recreation & Parks Committee, as a member of Finance & Administration, Safety & Legal Affairs Committees and also served as the D.A.R.E. Liaison for Council, representing the City of Hilliard at all Hilliard City School elementary DARE graduations. She currently chairs the newly formed Lifelong Community Enrichment Committee, which strives to create opportunities for all ages to locate and remain in Hilliard.
Stephanie serves as an elected member of the Franklin County Republican Party Central Committee, where she has campaigned and worked hard to support candidates in all branches and levels of government. She is a member of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, Upper Arlington Lutheran Church at Mill Run, Hilliard Area Republican Club, Capital Area Republican Women and is a graduate of the Hilliard Citizens Police Academy. She has served in various roles within the Hilliard City Schools PTO; from holding offices to volunteering on many different events and activities. She is also a volunteer and serves on the Leadership Team for Serving Our Neighbors, Inc.