The Official Report of the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee | October 2, 2018
Yards across Ohio continue to be ornamented with all kinds of fonts and colors. In the 86th District, expect to see a lot of these!
Rep. Rick Perales didn't even have to walk up to the door to talk to this constituent as he was walking through Sugarcreek and Bellbrook.
As Rep. Gavarone's opponent posts hateful things about police, Gavarone was endorsed by Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn.

Surprise, it's October!

In politics we often hear about the "October Surprise," an event or series of events that voters may not have foreseen happening that can change the complexion of a race.

Sometimes, however, October's very first surprise is merely its arrival. Yes, candidates have been working for most of the year - if not longer - on their respective campaigns, and, with 35 days until the election, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

But seeing the calendar flip to October still carries with it its own jolt of energy, as voters will begin casting their ballots next week. From there, it is full throttle until the end.

The best thing to do during the remainder of the campaign is simply to keep working hard, knocking on doors until fingers are raw and feet are sore.

No matter what you have read about this election cycle thus far, know this - if Democrats expect us to let up even a little bit over the next month, we've got one word for them: Surprise!

"I think the choice is very clear, that we continue to progress in the state as we have over eight years of Republican can-do leadership."

- Rep. Bob Cupp

On the importance of Ohio remaining under Republican leadership following this election
If there's a giant elephant roaming the streets, you must be in Lorain County. The OHROC team was happy to join Senator Gayle Manning, Rep. Nathan Manning and Senator Frank LaRose in the Avon Lake Homecoming Parade. But Edna the Elephant was the real star!

At a Glance

NO on Issue 1
Over the past week, Reps. Craig Riedel and Steve Hambley penned their opposition to State Issue 1, which will appear on the November ballot. Riedel said its passage would lead to "devastating outcomes" for Ohio and Hambley described the measure "flawed and foreboding."

Reducing truancy
The Dayton Daily News reports that, thanks to last year's passage of House Bill 410, truancy rates have been dropping in Greene County schools. Prior to the bill being signed into law, the rate of children missing school had increased during the previous four years.

Fighting breast cancer
Advocates arrived at the Statehouse last week to express the importance of breast cancer treatments and to show their support for legislation introduced by Rep. Sarah LaTourette, which increases access and awareness of palliative care options in Ohio.

It was a beautiful evening last Wednesday to take a quick jog down to Butler County and help out first-time candidate - and soon-to-be-state-rep - Sara Carruthers.

It was a terrific community event in Canal Winchester last week that brought together hundreds, including (L-R): Attorney General Mike DeWine, state representative candidate Bobby Mitchell, Franklin County commissioner candidate Michelle Reynolds and Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo.

As you can see, it was standing room only as people came together to rally the Republican ticket.
Rep. Laura Lanese and her team have done a phenomenal job when it comes to work ethic and connecting with voters. Sunday, as you can see, was no exception.
Rep. Dave Greenspan commended the Westlake Fire Department for receiving the EMS Star of Life Award and for their tremendously positive impact the department has in the community.
Ohio Democrats today began their quest to emit fumes all across the state. Looks like Kathleen Clyde drew the short straw for name placement.

Candidates in the Press | 9/26/18 - 10/2/18

Pew: Rep. Seitz: Red-light camera bill “aimed at threading the needle between revenue and safety”

Canton Repository: Senator Oelslager welcomes new community restoration center

Fremont News Messenger: Rep. Reineke details priorities in legislature during candidate forum
Port Clinton News Herald: Rep. Arndt commends constituent for receiving travel award
Hamilton Journal-News: Rep. Lang lays out vision for 52nd House District
Mount Vernon News: Rep. Carfagna attends ribbon cutting for local economic development foundation
Van Wert Times Bulletin: Letter from Rep. Riedel: No on Issue 1
The Daily Jeffersonian: Rep. Hill thanked for support of local YMCA gymnastics team
Mansfield News Journal: Rep. Romanchuk to honor Mansfield Noon Optimists Club for 95th anniversary
Lima News: Rep. Cupp emphasizes importance of 2018 election
The Review: Rep. Ginter, Disable Veterans of America work together to exempt veteran groups from property taxes
Columbus Dispatch: University audits spearheaded by Reps. Schaffer, Duffey could save millions of dollars

Candidate Spotlights

Rep. Sarah LaTourette
76th District
Rep. LaTourette is in her second term serving parts of Geauga and Portage counties.

A 2006 graduate of Miami University, she went on to work for a political communications firm, as well as for a nonprofit, helping people with Parkinson's disease. She is also a mentor for children in foster care and works with a dog adoption program in Cleveland.

LaTourette lives in Chesterland with her husband, Scott, and their son, Matthew.

Shareeque Sadiq
26th District
Shareeque Sadiq is seeking his first term to the Ohio House in Franklin County's 26th District.

A graduate of Harvard and Ohio Wesleyan University, Sadiq earned degrees in Black World Studies, Performing Arts and Political Science. He currently is the assistant director of a mediation services company in central Ohio.

Sadiq lives on the east side of Columbus.

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