Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges
stopped by The News-Herald to discuss some of his vision for the party’s
Borges was elected to the post in April and is making his
way around the state looking to receive as much input as possible to take back
The 2012 election was disappointing for Ohio Republicans
at the top of the ticket, with President Barack Obama
’s re-election, but
Borges believes there has to be a way to appeal to voters and draw them into
Borges said the method is to work hard and to have better
candidates, with a better message and to run better campaigns.
He also wants to guard against complacency as Republicans
hold so many statewide offices.
“It takes an all-in effort and I want us not to forget
that,” Borges said.
If the issue of gay marriage is placed on the November
2014 ballot, it will be up to the Ohio GOP’s executive committee on how the
party would weigh in on the issue.
But Borges is unsure whether the issue will be on the
ballot or what exactly the language would be.
“If this campaign is one about discriminating against
Americans, I don’t want to be apart of that,” Borges said. “If it’s a campaign
about values, mothers and fathers and the sanctity of marriage, I think that’s
a campaign I could be part of and proud of.”
He defended the party’s reputation and disagreed with
narratives from Democrats who say a war was declared on women by the GOP after
the state budget was passed.
Borges noted that 12 of 18 staffers who worked on the
budget were women and the measure also received good support in the Ohio
General Assembly from Republican women who voted for the budget.
When it comes to potential expansion of Medicaid, Borges
isn’t certain what exactly will transpire as Gov. John Kasich
continued to push, while the GOP leadership in the Ohio General Assembly
refused to put it in the state budget.
He added that the discussion about Medicaid reform is one
that likely would not have happened if the issue had not been brought forward.
Recently filing candidacy petitions in Lake County were Mark Cicero
for North Perry Village Council; and Philip Haskell Sr.
In Geauga County: Claudine Steinfurth
and Michael Troyan
for Auburn Township trustee; Mark Saric
for Chester Township trustee; Edward W.
and Nadine Pope
for Hambden Township trustee; Al Vontorcik
for Huntsburg Township trustee; Lu Ann Burger
Township trustee; Carl Sanbor
n for Troy Township trustee; Mark Porter
for South Russell Council; Dennis A. Battles
for Geauga County Educational Service
Center board; and Barbara Raikes
for Ledgemont School Board,
Recently taking out candidacy petitions with the Elections
Board in Lake County are Albert Paolino
and Frank Sarosy
for Fairport Harbor
for Madison School Board, Jack Miley
School Board, and Andrew Roberts
for Perry School Board.
In Geauga County: John Eberly
and Karen E. Quay
for Auburn Township trustee; Charles H. Nichols
for Bainbridge Township trustee; Kenneth C.
for Burton Township trustee; Michael Brown
Chardon Township trustee; Judy Caputo, Ward L. Kinney
for Chester Township trustee; John Bryant
Township trustee; Jon A. Hunter
and Chris Whitney
Township trustee; Robert A. Evans
for Middlefield Township trustee; James Marsic
for Montville Township trustee; Jan Blair
for Newbury Township
for Parkman Township trustee; Kristina Port
Russell Township trustee; Colleen Goebelt
for Aquilla Village Council; Diane
for Burton Village Council; Andrew K. Blackley, John Mallen,
and Thomas E. Ray
for Chardon Council; William Blue
and Brandon Reed
for Middlefield Village Council; Mike Carroll, John Dishong
and Bill Koons
for South Russell Council; Lois Jeffrey and Janice Koster
for Geauga County
Educational Service Center board; John J. Manfredi
School Board; Kenneth
for Cardinal School Board; Beth Krause
School Board; Carol
for Ledgemont School Board; Susan Arnold, John Gingerich
and Guy Mann
for Newbury School Board; and William W. Beers
and Sally Gillmore
West Geauga School Board.
Eastlake Mayor Ted Andrzejewski
hosts his ninth annual golf outing, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Friday at Pine
Ridge Golf Course in Wickliffe. See Andrzejewski.
n Susan McGuinness
, candidate for
Painesville Township trustee, hosts an “Old-Time Backyard Barbecue” fundraiser
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 25 at her home. See Susan or Ray McGuinness
Fundraiser for Mentor Councilman
, 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 29 at Cabanas Restaurant in Mentor. See
State Rep. Ron Young
Sizzle fundraiser with special guest U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce
, 6 to 8 p.m. July 29
at South River Winery in Harpersfield Township. See Young.
Lake County Commissioner Robert E.
, 10th Annual Ferrante Winery Celebration in Harpersfield Township.
5:30 to 8 p.m. July 31. See Ernie Koenig
or Kathie Aufuldish-Freshour
Mentor on the Lake Councilwoman
hosts a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 at Amvets Post
109 in Mentor on the Lake. See Desirea or John Thompson
Lake County Commissioner Judy
, first annual golf outing, 11:30 a.m. lunch Aug. 15 at Madison Country
Club. See Shirley Vesel
John Arthur Hutchison
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