LIMA — With just over 40 days until Election Day, the Allen County Republican Party announced it’s ready for the campaign season during a grand opening of its new headquarters Monday afternoon.
Allen County Republican Chairman Keith Cheney said a lot of work was completed in the last few weeks to transform the former car wash at 2144 Elida Road into what local conservatives call the Allen County Victory Center. The party will use the location as its county-wide base of operations during what State Rep. Bob Cupp called one of the “most consequential midterms in recent memory.”
“The outcome has high significance,” Cupp said. “There is, of course, the contest for the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate that will determine the direction of our nation perhaps for a very long time.”
“This election is about one guy that’s not even on the ballot, the President of the United States,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, said. “The left is out to get this guy who loves our country, who truly knows it is the greatest nation in history, who wants to make our country great again. This is about President Trump, and the left is out to get him.”
Jordan faces retired school teacher Janet Garrett, D-Oberlin, this November. If Republicans are able to keep a majority in the House of Representatives, Jordan is currently on the shortlist of candidates for Speaker of the House.
As for state elections, Republicans will be defending seats throughout the state government. The state GOP currently holds the governor’s mansion and super-majorities in both legislatures of the General Assembly.
“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,” Cupp said.
Cupp faces Democratic candidate Tristam Cheeseman, a recent Bath High School grad, this November.
“We’re not going to elect governors unless we have strong local party organizations,” State Sen. Matt Huffman said. “We’re not going to be able to do all the things that we’ve been doing in the General Assembly — 66 seats in the house, 24 in the Senate — unless we have strong local parties. This is the backbone of the Republican Party.”
Huffman is not facing an election this year, but he came out during the grand opening to explain the importance of county organizations in state elections. Other event attendees included the Republican candidates for Allen County positions, all uncontested, as well as Susan Manchester, R-Waynesfield, who is running against Joe Monbeck, D-Wapakoneta, for state representative of Ohio’s 84th House District.
“They claim this blue wave is going to go across,” Cheney said. “They claimed it was going to happen just east of us in a congressional district. … They brought Obama in. They brought Holder’s money in. They brought Soros’ money in. And our guy won. That’s what we need to do throughout our state, certainly throughout our county.”
”We need our folks to work hard, come out and help Republicans up and down the ticket. If we do that, we’re going to be fine,” Jordan said.
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