The Official Report of the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee | September 18, 2018
State Sen. Rob McColley, State Rep. Jim Hoops and Congressman Bob Latta convened on the campaign trail. (Don't worry, Hoops pulled off to the side of the road first.)
Franklin County candidate Bobby Mitchell continued his record of selfless service and his communication with voters at the Taking Back Our Streets Festival.
State Rep. Craig Riedel interacted with Ohioans young and old - and handed out candy (also a fan favorite!) - during the Delphos Canal Days Parade over the weekend.

Ohioans should vote NO on Issue 1

Issue 1, the constitutional amendment bankrolled by out-of-state billionaires like George Soros, would prove to be a raw deal for Ohioans should it pass this November.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor has said that Issue 1's provisions would leave Ohio with "some of the most lenient drug crime laws in the nation." It would also hogtie judges and legislators when it comes to handling these issues moving forward.

As Ohio continues to grapple with the tragic effects of lethal drugs like fentanyl and heroin, approval of Issue 1 would be a step backwards in the ongoing effort to help the addicted find the treatment they need.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine has taken a firm stance in opposition, which, as Toledo Blade columnist Tom Troy writes, puts him "on the side of most of the judges, prosecutors, sheriffs, and chiefs of police, and even the Ohio Bar Association."

State Representative and candidate for State Treasurer Robert Sprague has been on the front lines of curbing drug abuse for the past eight years. Issue 1, he says, "gives up Ohio's fight against heroin addiction."

Finally, even if, with further review, some of the provisions contained in the constitutional amendment do possess some merit, they should be addressed separately and comprehensively over time - not rushed through in one gigantic ballot measure. As Governor Kasich's office rightly said last week, "These complex issues deserve a full discussion in the Ohio General Assembly."

Ohioans should vote NO on Issue 1.

"Issue 1's passage would gravely endanger Ohioans while doing very little, if anything, to help our addicted population. Lives will be lost."

- Maureen O'Connor

Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, on the effects of Issue 1
We see a lot of good names worth voting for on this float during a parade in Wood County!

At a Glance

Foster Care
Rep. George Lang shared his emotional experience of growing up in foster care and the impact that has had on his life all these years later. He is sponsoring legislation to ensure that Ohio's foster care system remains a strong and positive program for children so that they too may have the opportunity to grow up and become successful and prosperous adults.

"Why I'm running"
First-time candidate Bob Mazeroski explained the passion and drive he has to serve the hardworking families of eastern Ohio, which has led him to pursue the Ohio House's 96th District.

Welcome to Ohio, Mr. President
Not only has Ohio been the home of eight presidents, but the Buckeye State is no stranger to welcoming presidents from both political parties. The Plain Dealer took a look through history at the times that Cleveland specifically has said hello to POTUS.

Secure, trustworthy elections
You already have every reason to trust the integrity and security of Ohio's election process. But to remove any potential doubt, here are six specific reasons why Ohioans can go to the polls in November with absolute confidence.

RIP Roger Beckett
1974 - 2018

Ohio, and indeed the country, awoke to sad news over the weekend as Roger Beckett, Executive Director of Ashland University's Ashbrook Center, passed away suddenly Friday. He was 44.

He will always be remembered as a man who impacted so many young lives in teaching the importance of understanding America's founding documents and principles.

Former Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder was a close friend of Beckett. He released the following statement:

“The cause of accurate education in the history of this great country has suffered a major blow with the death of Roger Beckett on Friday.  Through his leadership of the Ashbrook Center, whose master’s degree program for history teachers has produced hundreds of teachers schooled in our founding documents, Beckett has had a huge and lasting impact on countless American high school students.

"And under his direction, the Ashbrook Scholars at Ashland University have been challenged to explore the great ideas of Western civilization.  Roger Beckett’s legacy is profound.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Roger Beckett's family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.
Volunteers for House candidates Reggie Stoltzfus and Bill Roemer, Senate candidate Kristina Roegner and gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine joined forces in northeast Ohio to keep Republican leadership strong at all levels.
It was another successful week at the doors for our candidates, who continue working hard to talk directly to voters as we head into the final 50 days of the campaign season.

Democrat Candidate for Ohio House Referred to Police Officers as “Murderers,” “Monsters” and a “Death Squad”

BOWLING GREEN—Recently uncovered Facebook posts by Aidan Hubbell-Staeble, the Democrat candidate for Ohio’s 3rd House District, reveal that he has described police officers as “murderers,” “monsters” and even as a “death squad.” He also shared a Facebook post earlier this year that alluded to law enforcement as being racist.

Hubbell-Staeble’s comments, posted over the past three years, appear to have been deleted from his personal Facebook account shortly after being nominated for the 3rd District seat by the Wood County Democratic Party. The 3rd District covers all of Wood County.

“Our police officers are heroes who deserve respect, but Aidan Hubbell-Staeble clearly views them much differently,” said OHROC spokesman Brad Miller. “Aside from running for public office, he is clearly also trying to run from his past remarks, which are derogatory and offensive towards brave law enforcement officers. These radical views do not belong in the Ohio House of Representatives and do not reflect the values of Wood County residents.”

The anti-police Facebook statements, shown below, were posted July 6, 2016 and December 8, 2017. The post he shared was dated May 21, 2018.

Candidates in the Press | 9/12/18 - 9/18/18

Renewable Energy Magazine: Republican Reps. Carfagna, Lanese and candidate Jon Cross named “Conservative Clean Energy Champions”
Richland Source: Rep. Kick lends his opposition to Issue 1
Fremont News Messenger: Guest column from Rep. Bill Reineke: E-school regulations aim to improve education for young Ohioans
Highland County Press: Congressman Wenstrup praises legislation by Reps. Reineke, Ryan to help at-risk high school students

Candidate Spotlights

Rep. Theresa Gavarone
3rd District
Rep. Gavarone is seeking her second term serving Wood County.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo College of Law, Gavarone has served on Bowling Green City Council, including on the Finance Committee. She is an attorney and the co-owner of a family restaurant.

Gavarone and her husband, Jim, have been married 25 years. They live in Bowling Green and have three children.

Rob Weber
56th District
Rob Weber is seeking his first term in the House, serving parts of Lorain County.

A lifelong resident of northern Ohio, he served nine years of active duty in the US Army. A graduate of the University of Louisville and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Weber has been a trial lawyer for 15 years.

He lives in Henrietta Township with his wife, Mickie. They have four adult children and two grandsons.

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