Chuck Curran

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Chuck Curran
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 6th district
In office
January 9, 1979 – December 13, 1982
Preceded byTony P. Hall
Succeeded byTom Fries
Personal details
Born (1939-06-01) June 1, 1939 (age 81)
Galion, Ohio
Political partyDemocrat (1970-1996)
Republican (1996-present)
Spouse(s)Mara Ann Wahl
Alma materBellefontaine High School
Eastern Illinois University
ProfessionSenator, County Commissioner, City Commissioner, Teacher, Professor, Reference Librarian

Charles J. Curran (born June 1, 1939 in Galion, Ohio) is an American politician.[1]

He was born in 1939 in Galion, Ohio, the son of a railroad construction worker. He graduated from Bellefontaine High School in Bellefontaine, Ohio in 1958. After high school, Curran ended up in Charleston, Illinois where he earned a bachelor's degree in government and library science from Eastern Illinois University in 1963. He completed some graduate work at Miami University and the University of Dayton.

Curran relocated to Dayton, Ohio in 1963 to handle government documents for the Dayton Public Library. He then worked as a Social Sciences teacher at Fairborn High School from 1963–65, and he worked as a Reference Librarian at Belmont High School from 1965-66. In 1966, Curran was hired as a Political Science instructor at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.

He served as a Democrat on the city commission of Dayton, from 1970-79. He later served as the Democratic Ohio State Senator for the 6th district from 1979-83. In 1983, Charles began his first of 6 four-year terms as Montgomery County Commissioner (served 1983-2006). In 1996, Curran switched to the Republican Party. In November 2006, he was defeated by Democratic candidate, Dan Foley.[2] He continues to serve as Associate Professor of Political Science at Sinclair Community College.[citation needed]

On June 15, 1963, Curran married Mara Ann Wahl (born October 19, 1941); the couple has three children.


  1. ^ Belcher, Ellen (November 3, 2006). "No dirt here, but Dan Foley should be on county commission". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  2. ^ Huffman, Dale (8 December 2006). "Curran leaving job, but was always there for county". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 3 July 2011.

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