Self employed Farmer and Independent Trucker born and raised in Lorain County Ohio where my family has called home for over 100 years. I am from LaGrange, Ohio but I've now lived in Amherst, Ohio for 23 years.
I graduated Keystone High School in 1997. I attended the Lorain County JVS for 2 years and obtained a certificate in Computers and Accounting. I attended ITT for 2 years and in 2001 received an A.A.S. in Computer Design & Drafting. I completed fire fighter training through the Ohio Fire Academy at the Oberlin Fire Department and received certification from the State of Ohio in 2003. I served on the City of Amherst Fire Department from 2003 until 2013.
I am blessed with a wonderful wife, whom I have been with for 15 years. Tracey and I have 2 little girls, Emily and Macy. Just like many couples we have had good times and tough ones. Every one has some ups and downs in life. On May 1st 2007 my wife and I lost our son Tyler at birth. An extremely difficult thing for a young couple to get through. Nine long years later, our miracle, Emily Elizabeth Lacko was born on October 10, 2016. Just over 2 years later we were doubly blessed with another little girl we named Macy Lynn Lacko on December 17, 2018
My great grandfather Andro Latzko (Andrew Lacko) Sr. came from Hungary to LaGrange Ohio in Lorain County early in 1919. Like many immigrants, he brought his family here for opportunity and a new life. He brought his wife Elizabeth and 3 sons, Michael, Frank, Andrew Jr. He settled in as a dairy Farmer south of LaGrange in Penfield Township. My grandfather Andrew Jr. would follow in his father's foot steps and become a dairy farmer. Andrew Jr married another immigrant, my grandmother Catherine Lucas, who came to Ohio from Berlin, PA. Her father and family came from Yugoslavia. Her father was in the cattle sales business, which brought him to Ohio. They moved less than 2 miles away from the Lacko farm on State Route 301. My grandparents met at the local school, Penfield High School. This old school later became the Elementary School that I attended and part of the Keystone School District. My grandparents had 5 children: Jerry, Shirley, Alan, Janet, and Ken (my father). A large farming family which was needed to run a dairy and 100+ acres. My father Ken Lacko graduated from Keystone High School in 1974, and he had attended the Lorain County JVS where he took courses in Agricultural Mechanics. After working at the Foundry and Screw Products in Elyria, my dad got a job in 1976 at Ford Motor Company in Lorain, Ohio. He married my mother Connie (Irish) in 1978, That same year they had a baby girl Angela but lost her a month later August 23 1978. One year to the day of losing Angela, I was born August 23 1979. In 1984 my parents had another child, my sister Alisha. My father was a hard worker, a proud Union man. He worked at the Lorain Ford plant by day, then farmed when he came home in the afternoon and into the night. He learned hard work from my grandfather who had worked at General Industries in Elyria during the day and farmed after his shift was over.
Agriculture, and hard work runs deep in my family roots, I am the 4th generation to carry on my family farming heritage.
While we all are or can be political in some type of way, not all of us choose to be publicly involved. I am your public voice, I have chosen to be involved.
My grandmother Doris Irish was a volunteer for over 25 years in Rochester, Ohio and wasr recognized by Senator Sherrod Brown for her dedicated service to the election polls.
A month before my 18th birthday, my mother asked me to do two things for her. First, register for the selective service "The Draft" and register to vote. Both of these you can do a month before your 18th birthday. In school during my time politics was not taught or discussed much. In short I had no idea what I was doing. I asked my mother, what do I do? My mother said "You vote for the person who you think will do the best job in that position." Simple right?
I was asked by a respected and trusted friend to run in a Ward race here in Amherst City in 2017. During and after that election I gained a greater respect and understanding for the importance of voting and serving our community. I ran again in 2019 for a Council at Large seat and have listened to my fellow citizens. I am listening to you now. I want to hear from you.
I am now a candidate for State Representative of the 56th District of Ohio. I look forward to serving you and our community.