Chairman’s Update 10.25.20

Chairman’s Update

Good Evening,

Last Thursday’s presidential debate showed voters that their choice is clear between a career politician with 47 years of failed Washington policies, and a president who has achieved more in just 47 months. While President Trump spent the last four years keeping the promises he made to Americans, Joe Biden continues to be all talk and no action.

During the debate, Biden admitted he wants to ban fracking and end the oil industry, actions that will threaten 19 million jobs across the country. Joe Biden wanted to talk about minority communities, yet he was the architect of a 1994 crime bill that resulted in mass incarceration of Black Americans. In an effort to actually support those communities, President Trump signed major criminal justice reform into law (the FIRST STEP Act) and his Administration has invested in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Along with those achievements, President Trump helped create a strong American economy before an unprecedented global pandemic hit, and he continues to lead our Great American Comeback. Over the past 5 months, 11.4 million jobs were added back to the economy and the unemployment rate continues to drop each month. President Trump has more positive change to show for his four years as president than Joe Biden has to show for nearly half a century entrenched in politics. President Trump fights for all Americans, and that is why we need to re-elect him for Four More Years.

There are only 9 days standing between now and Election Day. As an American citizen and Ohio resident, it is your right and duty to participate in the election process. Every vote counts, and we must continue supporting President Trump through November 3rd.

As you head to the polls or fill out absentee ballots, don’t forget to visit to find the Republican slate card.

If you are interested in signing up to be a poll worker, visit for more information. You will get paid for your time while helping to defend democracy and make this election a successful one. You can also sign up to join Team Trump’s Election Day Team to assist with grassroots operations and Getting Out The Vote (GOTV). You can find more information here.


Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party


Portman Criticizes Censorship of New York Post’s Hunter Biden Email Story and Joins Fox News to Discuss COVID Relief Bill

This week, Senator Portman criticized Twitter and Facebook’s censorship of the New York Post’s reporting on emails discovered on a laptop reportedly belonging to Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.  Portman noted that he hasn’t seen the campaign of Joe Biden deny any of the key allegations in the story.

Portman also joined Fox News’s Your World With Neil Cavuto to highlight the need for Republicans and Democrats to work together on COVID-19 relief legislation and focus on the areas of agreement between the two parties: increased testing, additional funding for schools and universities, and restarting the Payment Protection Program, which has saved countless small businesses. As he did last week after Senate Democrats voted to block targeted COVID-19 response legislation, Portman urged Senate Democrats insisting on passing the partisan, $3.5 trillion HEROES Act to instead work together and negotiate in good faith with Republicans to finalize additional coronavirus response legislation so that Americans do not continue to go without relief.


DeWine, Husted Announces CARES Act Funding 

On Friday, Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that the administration, in partnership with the General Assembly, is developing a package of more than $419.5 million CARES Act funding to help Ohioans. This package includes funding for small businesses, restaurants and bars, hospitals, higher education, arts, nonprofits, and low-income Ohioans impacted financially by the pandemic.

“We know that Ohioans are hurting, and the needs are great. We must do what we can to help them through this crisis,” said Governor DeWine. “Providing financial support to small businesses, the arts, and nonprofits will help them keep the doors open and Ohioans employed. For Ohioans in need, this assistance will help them stay in their homes, which can make all the difference.”

DeWine and Husted were joined at the announcement by Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima), Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard), Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township), Representative Mark Frazier (R-Newark), and Representative D. J. Swearingen (R-Huron).

More information on these new programs can be found at 


Husted Promotes Apprenticeships as Pathway to Career

Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week announced that Ohio was named 4th in the nation for the number of registered apprenticeships and 1st in the nation among states with state-run programs. The Lt. Governor highlighted the opportunities that await Ohioans through apprenticeship programs in growing their own careers. To learn more, you can visit

Yost Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking

Attorney General Dave Yost and Scioto County Prosecutor Shane Tieman announced the indictment of a Portsmouth attorney last week on 18 felony counts related to human trafficking spanning 15 years. Michael Mearan faces more than 70 years in prison if convicted. The charges stem from criminal activity in southern Ohio from 2003 to 2018 that involved six victims.

The case is being prosecuted as part of Yost’s Human Trafficking Initiative and Special Prosecutions Section, and was investigated by a human trafficking task force as part of Yost’s Organized Crime Investigations Commission.


LaRose Combats Foreign Disinformation 

This week, the FBI held a press conference to announce the latest attempt by Russian and Iranian foreign operatives to interfere in the 2020 election. That evening, Secretary LaRose released a video assuring voters of the integrity of our election systems, encouraging them to fight back by voting, and reminding Ohioans to report any disinformation or voter intimidation to [email protected]


Auditor Faber Stumps for Trump, French and Kennedy

With just 8 days left to cast your vote, Auditor of State Keith Faber has been crisscrossing Ohio reminding voters the stakes of this year’s election. From Montpelier to Youngstown and Greenville to Circleville, Faber has been stopping to urge Buckeyes to get out and make their voices heard. From President Trump, to Ohio Supreme Court Justices Judi French and Sharon Kennedy, to our local candidates all across Ohio, Faber is committed to making sure Ohio maintains strong conservative leadership.

Sprague Joins NFIB Leadership Council to Discuss Small Business Relief


Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague addressed NFIB Ohio’s Leadership Council on Wednesday morning. During his remarks, Sprague provided an update on the recent work of his office and also reiterated the importance of leveraging a portion of Ohio’s remaining CARES Act allocation to create a grant program for small businesses. In mid-September, Treasurer Sprague worked closely with NFIB Ohio and numerous business associations across the state to advocate for the creation of such a program.
Kennedy’s Travels Continue

With 9 days left until Election Day and 14 counties down this week, Justice Sharon L. Kennedy continues sprinting to the finish line. With church visits, business tours, county headquarters stops and a meeting at one of her hometown favorites – Price Hill Chili. Sharon rounded her week out with knocking on doors in Dublin and addressing thousands at the Pickaway County Fairgrounds.

While at the Scioto County Victory Center, Sharon explained the importance of judges honoring their limited role. “We want judges just to be judges,” said Kennedy. “We want our judges to uphold the law, not rewrite it or legislate from the bench. If a judge acts beyond their limited role in government, what have we done? You lose your voice and we are weakening the Republic.”
Justice French Meets Cleveland Civil Rights Leader 
Judi has spent the fall working with the Cleveland Clergy Coalition to attend churches and meet voters in Cleveland. She had the opportunity to both meet Cleveland Civil Rights leader Reverend Theophilus Caviness and his church.
She’s grateful for the opportunity to speak with so many churches in Northeast Ohio and around the state.
Volunteers Get Out the Word for House GOP Candidates
Volunteers from Governor Mike DeWine’s team deployed for House GOP members on Saturday.  They assisted Rep. Lanese and Rep. Greenspan.  They are pictured here with Rep. Greenspan.