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There is a second primary election in Ohio on August 2 where voters will decide partisan races in the General Assembly for some House Representatives and some State Senators.
In Geauga County, there are no contested Republican races for the two House Representative seats, and no state senators are up for re-election here this year. However, there is an ongoing internal battle within the Ohio Republican Party for control of its state central committee.
For each Senate district in the state (there are 33 in total), the Democratic and Republican parties have a man and a woman who represent their respective parties in Columbus. Some groups have recruited people to run for the Republican State Central Committee (SCC) and can fund them. I am running for CSC for Senate District 32 for the very first time, which includes all of Ashtabula County, Trumbull County and most of Geauga County (excluding the townships of Bainbridge, Auburn, Troy , Parkman and Middlefield). The Republican statutes of the CSC do not allow elected officials to sit on their committee. For 12 years, I have sat on the municipal council of Chardon (two years as mayor), but I am no longer elected. No one recruited me to run for this, and I’m self-funding my campaign.
I’m running because I know I’m a strong voice and stand up for Republicans and Conservatives. I have served as Geauga County Republican Party Chairman for the past eight years and have just been re-elected for another four year term. I have many years of campaigning and fundraising experience and have built great relationships with my fellow Republican Party Chairs in Northeast Ohio. We see NE Ohio becoming a strong red district, but we still have a ways to go. Since I’ve been party chairman, Geauga County has been in the top 5 percent of voter turnout statewide and sometimes #2 or #3 in general elections. I am proud to say that six elected Republicans from the county supported me: District Attorney Jim Flaiz, Auditor Chuck Walder, Treasurer Chris Hitchcock, Commissioner Jim Dvorak, Engineer Joe Cattell and Coroner John Urbancic.
Sandy O’Brien, our Republican State Senator for District 32 and a resident of Ashtabula County, also supported me. Please vote by mail, in person now at the Elections Office or at the polls on August 2. I respectfully request your vote.
Once elected, I promise to work hard, keep you informed, and do my best to represent all Republicans in our constituency.