OTTAWA — State Sen. Frank LaRose, 27th district, spoke during the Putnam County Republican Party meeting Wednesday at the Putnam County Educational Services Center.
He spoke to the local republicans about his 2018 candidacy for Secretary of State and what he will bring to the office should he win.
“So I grew up in the Akron area,” he said. “My county is one of those counties where it’s very hard for Republicans to win. So when I ran for the first time, after having served 10 years in the Army, I moved back home to Akron and ran for a seat nobody thought I could win.”
He ended up winning that seat, he said. Before entering politics his life long dream had always been to serve in the military, he said. He grew up hearing stories from a hero of his, Bill Miller, a 96 year old World War II veteran who landed at Normandy and liberated a concentration camp. Listening to those stories made him want to serve, he said.
LaRose served in Iraq and was there to witness the first elections in that country. He told a story about watching Iraqi men and women voting for that first time. They had to dig their finger in paint as a voter fraud counter measure before casting a ballot, he said. The paint was also significant because Al-Qaeda had declared they would kill anyone with the paint on their finger because they believed voting was un-Islamic and the paint showed their courage voting even after those threats, LaRose said.
There was a 70 percent voter turn out for that first election, he said, adding Ohio doesn’t have voter turnout like that and no one is threatening to cut their fingers off.
LaRose has a perfect voting record when it comes to pro-life matters and gun control, he said. Voter rights and regulation are his true passion, he said.
“I am somebody who has not recently become interested in election issues,” LaRose said. “It’s been my passion back to when I served in the Army and now since I served in the state legislature as well. Again, for me elections are worth fighting for. Preserving our right to vote, making sure that our elections are free of fraud, but also accessible to all Ohioans.”
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