The Official Report of the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee | September 11, 2018
During a campaign event, candidate Bob Mazeroski caught up with YSU President, and former OSU fooball coach, Jim Tressel.
Rep. Rick Carfagna leads his band of hardworking volunteers during a soggy parade at the Fredericktown Tomato Show.
Tracy Richardson and Secretary of State candidate Frank LaRose, both military veterans, pose during the Marion Popcorn Festival.

Seventeen years since 9/11 terrorist attacks

It seems we say it every year: "It is hard to believe it has been 'X' years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th."

Today that number reaches 17. Nearly two decades have now passed since the tragic events that killed nearly 3,000 Americans and wounded 6,000 more.

The attacks themselves were concentrated at the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and - thanks to the courage of heroic Americans who sacrificed their own lives to save countless others - a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. But the effects and aftermath of that day spread not only throughout America, but the entire world.

You will see the phrase "Never Forget" displayed often today and this week. Though it is hard to imagine that is even possible. Anyone who witnessed that day knows that those images will remain a part of them for the rest of their lives.

The anniversaries that follow - like this one - are just a number; the memories of the pain and sorrow suffered that crisp September day, remain as vivid as ever.

"I still see the faces of the people that were looking for their loved ones and the grief in their faces. And I just want to make sure...that we will remember that forever."

- Jack Reall

Deputy Chief, Columbus Division of Fire, sharing his experience of combing through rubble at Ground Zero in search of survivors
Keeping with tradition, volunteers place thousands of flags on the front lawn of the Ohio Statehouse in remembrance of September 11th.
(p/c WCMH Columbus)

At a Glance

The Chamber of Endorsements
No, this isn't a spin-off of the second Harry Potter novel. Rather, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce released its endorsements for the 2018 General Election, which includes 59 House Republicans.

Absentee voting
Secretary of State Jon Husted's office mailed out an estimated nearly 8 million absentee voting applications last week. For those who apply, absentee ballots will be mailed October 10th - the first day of early voting. That's right: Ohioans have nearly a whole month to cast a ballot. Click here for more information.

Latest from the Helle file
It wouldn't be an official edition of Battle Line without a Joe Helle update. Last week, the Fremont News-Messenger and Sandusky Register both reported on Helle's contentious relationship with the Fremont Police Department.

"Party of labor" having problems with, ahem, labor

You read that correctly. Last week, the Columbus Dispatch and Toledo Blade both reported on the existing dispute between the Ohio Democrat Party (ODP) and the Campaign Workers Guild, a Washington-based union that represents about 80 campaign field workers.

In a letter penned to county party chairs, the union expressed it has been "continually disappointed and angered as the ODP has refused to present proposals that ensure us the union protections and provide us the working conditions we need and deserve."

It continued: "...ODP has made it clear to us that they are not serious about negotiating a fair contract that lives up to our Democratic values."

Stay tuned. We sure will.
Hamilton County candidate Judith Boyce (left) attended Drug Addiction Awareness Day at Washington Park, where she met several parents who have suffered the death of a child due to opioids.
Golfers, start your engines! It was a packed house for the Rep. Rick Carfagna golf outing.
Call us crazy, but we're noticing a bit of a theme in Clark County.

Candidates in the Press | 9/5/18 - 9/11/18

Hamilton Journal-News: Rep. Jim Butler: “Overcoming addiction and drug trafficking requires comprehensive solution”
Government Technology: House Republicans are driving Ohio’s Blockchain talks
WSYX: Governor Kasich makes first endorsement, Erik Yassenoff for House District 24
WTOV: Candidate Don Jones goes “Beyond the Podium”
Cincinnati Enquirer: Rep. Niraj Antani asks for AC estimates in Ohio schools
Times Reporter: Candidate Brett Hillyer receives “Friends of Agriculture” award
Sentinel-Tribune: Rep. Gavarone voices opposition to State Issue 1
Watchdog & WKSU: Legislation by Rep. Gavarone seeks to address decline in number of primary care physicians
Findlay Courier: Candidate Jon Cross looking to focus on making Ohio more job-competitive, improving infrastructure and community safety
Ashland Source: Rep. Kick provides campaign update during Buckeye Firearms event in Ashland County

Candidate Spotlights

Rep. Steve Arndt
89th District
Rep. Arndt is in his first full term representing Erie and Ottawa counties.

Arndt served as an Ottawa County commissioner for 27 years and has been involved with the Northwest Area Office on Aging and the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce. He also has owned a small business for more than 30 years.

Arndt and his wife, JoAnne, have been married 43 years. They have two children.

Jena Powell
80th District
Jena Powell is seeking her first term in the 80th District, which includes Miami, and parts of Darke, counties.

Powell earned a Business Marketing degree from Liberty University She began building her own company. She started working in sales at the age of 18.

Today, she handles sales and advertising for her business as she negotiates with businesses around Greater Dayton and throughout Ohio.

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