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Who is Rick Perales?
I grew up in a military family. My four brothers and I followed my father's footsteps and served in the United States military. I retired from the USAF after 15 years, serving my last assignment as the Commander of the 788th CES Squadron at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. I accepted the position of Executive Director of Facilities Manager at the University of Dayton, and settled down in Beavercreek, Ohio. My family and I decided on Beavercreek, in Greene County, Ohio, as our new home based on its location, amenities and the family-friendly atmosphere. Upon settling into the area, I decided to get involved in my community and applied for (and was appointed to) the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). Since that time, I have been involved and/or currently participate on a number of local and regional boards and committees. Please find these affiliations listed below. Subsequent to serving on the BZA, I ran for a seat on the Beavercreek City Council. I received the most votes in the election and proudly served as Mayor of the City of Beavercreek from 2002 through 2003. I served one year as a Council Member, before moving onto a County Commissioner position. I spent 2007 serving as the President of the Greene County Board of Commissioners.In November 2012, I won the General Election to represent the Ohio 73rd District in the Ohio House of Representatives. I was sworn into the Ohio 130th General Assembly January 7th, 2013. I am currently in my 5th year as State Representative. I was recently asked to join the Ohio Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. I proudly accepted the invitation.The USGLC is a organization dedicated to promoting U.S. engagement abroad. I will join other business, faith-based, and military leaders; as well as national security and foreign policy experts advocating for US investment in diplomacy and development alongside defense in building a strategic, modern foreign policy. See more at www.usglc.org
My wife Becka and I have four children--Justin, Trisha, Aaron, and Ashley. I also have 7 grandchildren. Our family is the most important aspect of our lives. My decision to retire from the Air Force after 15 years is directly correlated with our desire to provide our family the opportunity to settle down and establish roots in a community. We feel that Greene County provides us a community that promotes and supports family activities and values. This is an aspect of our community that I would like to not only maintain, but also enhance. My family is excited and extremely supportive of my role serving the 73rd district,