EAST LIVERPOOL - City native Jim Betts
will be guest speaker Friday at the annual East Liverpool Build-a-Champ Campaign breakfast.
The breakfast is set for 7:30 a.m. at the YMCA Memorial Auditorium on Fourth Street.Betts
was a standout basketball player for East Liverpool High School
in the late1940s.He
went on to set scoring records for Ohio University
, graduating with high honors in 1954.He later became an attorney, graduating with his juris doctorate from Cleveland State University School of Law in 1976.
is a longtime state political figure who has been a candidate for U.S.Senator and lieutenant governor, and was a six-term state House legislator representing a Cleveland-area constituency.As a Columbus attorney representing a consortium of about 60 Ohio school districts, Betts
has been involved in the 14-year legislative and judicial struggle to find a more equitable solution for public school funding in the state.He is chairman of the Ohio Rail Development Commission, and has served on a number of public-private groups involved in stadium development and high-speed rail projects.