There are few times when the chairman of a political party can say unequivocally that she is proud of each and every candidate in her party, confident in their abilities, inegrity, and character. That is the position in which I find myself as Chairman of the Republican Party of Washington County. We have a superb slate of candidates running for office this year.
I ask you to consider for County Commissioners, the candidacies of two highly principled men: David White and Ron Feathers. I have known both of these gentlemen for a number of years, long before they entered the political fray, and I can vouch that they will represent the entire county with honesty and integrity. They will work tirelessly to further the county's interests, rather than their own, and they will involve the citizens of this county in the decisions that affect our lives and property.
Magistrate Mark Kerenyi has never run for political office but is now running for Common Pleas Judge. He is well known for his kind demeanor and his involvement in so many community activities, from the Boy Scouts to the Harmar Rifle Club to the Ely Chapman Foundation. What you may not know is that before going to law school, Mark was a United States Marine and served in Operation Desert Storm as a scout sniper. Mark is also a former assistant prosecutor for our county. He is eminently qualified to be a fair and impartial judge, and I highly recommend him to you.
Charles Richter is a family man, a man of quiet character, and a good patriot. He is running against an opponent whose values are so dissimilar to our values in Washington County that she is considered one of the most liberal members of the Ohio House. How, then, can she hope to represent us? She can't, and that is why we must elect Charles Richter to the 94th District of the Ohio House.
Representative Andy Thompson is our hometown statesman. A small business owner and first-term state representative, Andy has already made many tough choices for the good of Ohio. His record is stellar. Alongside other Conservatives, Andy has helped bring 100,000 new jobs to Ohio, balanced the budget without raising taxes, ended the death tax, and passed the Common Sense Initiative to help business owners cope with onerous regulations. Andy opposes any measure designed to harm Ohio's natural resources producers, job creators, and landowners. We can count on Andy to continue doing a fabulous job for us in Columbus for the 95th District.
All of these men and the unopposed candidates on the Republican slate represent the best of our party and I am extremely proud to recommend them to you for election this Nov. 6.
Chairman, Washington County Republican Party