For Immediate Release: Friday, December 1, 2017
OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY VOTES TO PROTECT PRIMARY PROCESS
Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, today offered his congratulations to the 66 men and women representatives elected to the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee, and ORP Chairwoman Jane Timken, for their votes today to protect the primary election process. At the state meeting held today in Columbus, OH the committee debated if they should endorse Republican candidates two months before the filing deadline of February 7, 2018 and decided not to do so. Zawistowski also offered his appreciation to Republican Governor Candidates Jim Renacci and Mary Taylor, both of whom announced yesterday that they would stay in the race for Ohio Governor despite the major announcement that Mike DeWine and Jon Husted were joining forces to run on the same ticket.
Zawistowski said, “Yesterday we implored member of the Republican State Central Committee to do the right thing and not endorse anyone at their meeting today. In our opinion doing so would have sent a message to voters that the party was picking winners and losers and rigging the election for select candidates. To their credit, and thanks to the skillful leadership of ORP Chairwoman Jane Timken, the members of the state central committee debated the issue and agreed that endorsing now would send the wrong message to voters and decided not to endorse. That was the right thing to do and is a good sign that at least the Republican Party is learning from past mistakes and listening to the voters who want an open and honest elections process, including in the primaries. The citizens of Ohio thank them for their responsible actions today.”
Zawistowski concluded by saying, “We also want to thank Jim Renacci and Mary Taylor for listening to our encouragement yesterday and deciding to stay in the Ohio Governor’s race, giving voters a choice in the primary in addition to the DeWine/Husted ticket. That is the way it should be. We look forward to watching the race as it unfolds over the months ahead to see who will win the support of the people. We sincerely hope that the Democrat candidates for Ohio Governor will do the same after the expected announcement next week that Richard Cordray will enter the Democratic Primary race.”