The Official Report of the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee | October 16, 2018
Campaigning is hard work, but someone has to do it. First-time candidate Sara Carruthers remains busy on the trail, here putting up one of her many yard signs in the 51st District.
Western Ohio has long been in good hands, like with former Rep. Jim Buchy. That will continue next year with soon-to-be Reps. Susan Manchester and Jena Powell.
Speaker Ryan Smith helped show his support for addressing Ohio's mental health treatment, especially for children, on World Mental Health Day October 10th.

Political ads on full display

Two things are certain when it comes to political ads during any campaign season: 1.) There will be a lot, and 2.) People will complain.

That's just the nature of the business.

But despite any gripes or grumblings, one more thing is true about TV and radio ads: They are effective.

And as much as some viewers may dispute it, the most effective ads are not just the ones that highlight the flattering facts about one candidate. They also often need to show a distinct difference between the candidates Ohioans should vote for (ours!) and the candidates Ohioans should vote against (not ours!).

As you could see in last week's Battle Line, OHROC is airing a few contrast ads in competitive districts around the state. We added another this week in Cuyahoga County, as you can see below.

People in the real world usually refer to these kinds of ads as "negative." Whatever floats your boat, but what is most important to keep in mind is that the ads are factual and do not make personal attacks against the opposing candidate or their families. And, finally, if a candidate believes in something or has done something that might make them unworthy of serving in public office, then the voters deserve to know that information prior to casting their ballots.

That is what OHROC has done for years - and will continue doing.

"No press is bad press in my opinion."

- Cassimir Svigelj

Democrat candidate in Cuyahoga County's 16th District, responding to a new OHROC ad highlighting his radical views. (If that's how he truly feels, then we are happy to oblige!)
The Democrats' tour bus kept spinning its wheels last week. This photo was taken during a campaign stop in Seneca County and included the caption, "Dems here are fired up..." As anyone can see, nothing says "fired up" quite like this photo. At least the yard signs are colorful!

At a Glance

No longer a Democrat
Candidate Bobby Mitchell wasn't always a Republican, but after the Democrat Party lost its way, he switched parties and is now running a competitive GOP campaign in eastern Franklin County. In this video, he shares his story, which started in Philadelphia and, today, has led him to becoming a pastor, philanthropist and successful business man in central Ohio.

Opposition mounting to Issue 1
Nearly all of Ohio's major newspapers have officially come out in opposition to Issue 1, the dangerous ballot proposal that would give our state some of the weakest drug laws in the country. Check out this site to watch the list of Issue 1 opponents continue to grow.

Libertarian Kryssi Wichers’ Eligibility to Vote Challenged in 77th District Race
A Fairfield County resident has filed a complaint against Kryssi Wichers, the Libertarian candidate running for the 77th House District seat, calling into question whether she is eligible to vote in the district.

“It doesn’t take long to realize that there are a lot of unanswered questions related to Kryssi Wichers and her candidacy for state representative,” said OHROC spokesman Brad Miller. “At the very least, we are calling on Kryssi Wichers to set the record straight and to clarify her true identity and her eligibility to vote in the 77th House District.”

Wichers already has an extensive criminal history. Now, the Fairfield County Board of Elections is investigating the latest complaint.
Cassimir Svigelj's Dangerous Plan

District 16:
Parts of Cuyahoga County

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Rep. Craig Riedel (bottom right, next to the podium) was among the many public leaders and concerned citizens who joined in Northwest Ohio to highlight the dangers of Issue 1, and to urge their fellow Ohioans to vote #NoOnIssue1!
What more endorsement do you need? Voters in Union and Marion counties should elect Tracy Richardson (and we trust they will)!
Rep. Rick Perales honored our troops during the "Salute to Gold Star Families" softball event at Wright State University. The event supported military veterans and featured the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball team.
Another busy week on the campaign trail for our candidates and volunteers. They're all busy at this point, as we continue to ramp up our effort till November 6th.

Candidates in the Press | 10/10/18 - 10/16/18

Newark Advocate: Rep. Ryan voices strong opposition to Issue 1
Columbus Dispatch: Letter to the editor: Tim Schaffer stepped up for dam rebuild projects
Richland Source: Rep. Romanchuk recognizes constituent for education award
Lancaster Eagle Gazette: Readers back Rep. Schaffer for re-election
Huntington Herald-Dispatch: Campaign Spotlight: Speaker Ryan Smith

Sentinel-Tribune: Letter to the editor: Gavarone works hard and cares
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum: Rep. McClain commends Bucyrus for Community Unity mural
Advertiser-Tribune: Rep. Reineke joins several local candidates in Tiffin forum
Bluffton Icon: Rep. Cupp discusses education in Bluffton
Columbus Dispatch: An insider’s guide to Ohio’s hottest legislative races
WDTN: Campaign Spotlight: Rep. Niraj Antani
Norwalk Reflector: Senator Manning secures funding for North Coast Inland Trail expansion
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Rep. Hambley honors Brunswick High School marching band

Candidate Spotlights

Rep. Tom Brinkman
27th District
Rep. Brinkman is running for his third term in eastern Hamilton County.

A graduate of George Washington University, Brinkman is an experienced life insurance salesman. He has received several awards as a legislator, including twice as the Most Principled Legislator and a three-time recipient of the Watchdog of the Treasury Award.

He and his wife Cathy have six children and live in Mt. Lookout.

Rep. Riordan McClain
87th District
Rep. McClain is seeking his first full term in the large, mostly rural 87th District, after having been appointed in 2017.

A graduate of Bluffton University and the University of Findlay, McClain is the Finance Director at Doc Investments LLC, having private sector experience in finance, marketing, customer service and operations.

McClain and his wife Sarah have been married for 10 years and have three children. They live in Upper Sandusky.

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