Meet Jim Spurlino

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He’s the only major Republican candidate in the race who’s neither a government employee nor a professional politician

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While other candidates in the campaign for Ohio’s 8th congressional district were seeking public employment, running for office, or supporting more big government policies, Jim Spurlino was building a prosperous business and creating jobs. He’s the only major Republican candidate in the race who’s neither a government employee nor a professional politician.

Jim’s father worked in the concrete business in southwest Ohio, pouring foundations for businesses and churches throughout the area. While that family business grew, Jim went to college, graduating from the University of Dayton with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration.

As a young man, Jim poured concrete and worked at construction sites in every part of southwest Ohio. He worked his way up in the construction industry, holding several positions of responsibility with local companies.

In 2000, Jim started his own company, Spurlino Materials. The firm has grown rapidly. It now has nine concrete plants in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, as well as a national division operating mobile plants throughout the U.S. Recent projects include supplying concrete for the Indianapolis Colts’ new stadium and the newly rebuilt Bristol Motor Speedway. Jim’s company employs more than 100 people, many of whom live in the 8th congressional district, where the company has its headquarters in Middletown, Butler County.

Jim is an industry leader. He serves (or has served) in many leadership positions for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. This work often requires Jim to meet with elected officials and political candidates, many of whom aggressively solicit businesspeople like Jim for contributions. In some cases, the only way Jim was able to directly talk with officeholders was by making contributions.

One of the issues most important to Jim is his work for charitable organizations in and around southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley. In particular, Jim has volunteered much of his time advocating for non-government solutions to help children who are less advantaged than others. Jim knows that intervening to help at-risk children before they go to kindergarten can not only change the lives of those children but also keep them from becoming government dependent later in life. Spurlino believes in the power of the private sector to reduce the need for many costly government expenditures on juvenile crime, truancy, and remedial education.

Jim is also an active supporter of the ReadyNation Pledge, joining hundreds of business leaders, organizations, and other individuals nationally that have taken the ReadyNation Pledge, indicating their belief in the importance of quality early childhood development programs.

Along the same line, Spurlino is currently the Chairman of the Board of Every Child Succeeds, a Cincinnati-based home visitation program serving first-time, at-risk mothers in southwest Ohio. Every Child Succeeds is nationally recognized organization and leader in providing innovative and evidence-based interventions to the most vulnerable families.

Spurlino is 52 years old. His parents and grandparents all lived in southwest Ohio. He and his wife Tricia live in southwest Ohio and have raised eight children, three of whom are married. Jim and his family are active members at the Southbrook Christian Church.