Mark Gooch
Ohio House, District 77

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I like to tell people “I came to Wooster as a student and haven’t found my way out of town.” I met my wife, Cheryl, when we were students at The College of Wooster over 30 years ago.  We decided Wooster and Wayne County were good places to raise our two sons, Peter and Jacob. 

I graduated from Loudonville High School, earned a degree in history at The College of Wooster, then I worked full-time while earning a graduate degree in library science.  I have since worked in several libraries and have been a librarian at The College of Wooster for over 20 years.  

I learned from my parents--my father who was a Presbyterian minister and my mother who worked outside the home--when you are a part of a community, you have a responsibility to take an active role in supporting and improving your community.  As a result, I have been involved with many organizations and activities in Wooster such as:

  • First Presbyterian Church

    • Elder, deacon, usher, “bus” driver, Sunday school teacher

  • Kiwanis Club of Wooster

    • Past president, chair of the Grandstand cleanup for 9 years, chair of the Jaycee Park playground project including obtaining grant funding

  • City of Wooster

    • Citizens’ Police Academy;

    • Compensation Review committee;

    • Comprehensive Plan Review Steering Committee

  • Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts

    • Den leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster for 13 years, father of two Eagle Scouts, Troop spaghetti dinner coordinator for 10 years

  • Wooster City Schools

    • Marching band uniform parents, Speech and Debate Parents Association--volunteer judge, tournament volunteer, cross country volunteer 

  • Friends of Christmas Run Pool

    • Helped to organize a grass roots group in the community to raise over $100,000 to keep Christmas Run pool open when faced with closure

  • “Backpack of Food” Program

    • Worked with the Wooster Hope Center to develop a program to provide kids with food over the weekend