Jim Jordan and other candidates celebrate the opening of a republican headquarters
By Matt Echelberry
The republican headquarters in Crawford County officially opened on Sept. 6. Several republican candidates stopped by that morning to celebrate, including U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan, Ohio Senator Dave Burke and Ohio Representative Jeff McClain.
The legislators had a meet and greet with local republican candidates and voters at the headquarters, located at 129 South Walnut Street in Bucyrus (the former building for People’s Savings and Loan bank). It is decorated inside and out with American flags and political signs saying “vote for [insert republican candidate’s name here].”
The party had a ribbon cutting, performed in front of the building by Jordan, who represents Ohio’s fourth district in the U.S. House of Representatives, before he and the other candidates spoke briefly.
“This election is about one simple question: which economy is going to be subservient to the other—the public economy or the private economy?” Jordan stated, in reference to President Barrack Obama’s plan versus Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney’s.
He emphasized that Ohio is a very important state for the November election and people need to get out and vote.
Jim Blackford, who attended that day, said, “Jordan fights for just about everybody. I like him, you can’t find too many people like that anymore.”Burke, who represents the 26th district (which includes Crawford County) in the Ohio Senate, spoke after Jordan. He commented that momentum is on the Republican party’s side for the 2012 election and thanked the supporters in attendance for helping him continue to move things forward in Crawford County.
Rose Teets and Mary Ann Baker, both from Bucyrus and cousins of Burke, attended the event as well. They both felt the candidates were good, although they were not that familiar with some of them. Of Burke, they commented that he has done a great job in the state senate during his first term and is a great family man.
McClain is currently serving his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives for the 82nd district (Crawford, Wyandot and part of Marion counties). He said the Republican ticket has a great slate all the way down.
County Commissioner Doug Weisenhauer is up for reelection for a second term this year and Steve Reinhard, a former state representative, hopes to be elected to a first term as a commissioner. The other current commissioners, Mo Ressallat and Jenny Vermillion, also attended to show their support.
Bucyrus Law Director Matthew Crall, who is running for county prosecutor, spoke later and referenced the religious values that have been a significant aspect to Republicans. “I’m proud to be a part of a party that doesn’t need to REINSERT God into the party,” he concluded.
Deputy Engineer Mark Baker is running unopposed for county engineer and spoke briefly as well.
All of the speeches took less than ten minutes. Jordan and Burke had to leave to continue campaigning, bound for Tiffin after their stop in Bucyrus that morning. The others in attendance stuck around to converse and ask the candidates questions.Galion resident Dave Dayne was another supporter in attendance. “I like Jordan because he is a fiscal and social conservative,” Dayne said after the candidates spoke.
He said he has been a republican since Richard Nixon was in office. “I support smaller government because that’s how it was intended when the Constitution was written.” In his opinion, Jordan and other republican candidates have pushed for a smaller government.
Less than 60 days remain until the 2012 election on Nov. 6. For information about Republican or Democratic candidates, visit: www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS, www.2012-election.org, or www.2012electioncontent.com.