Chairman’s Update 11-3-19

Good Evening,
Last Thursday, the Democrats held an impeachment vote. It was nothing more than a sham and they should be ashamed they have allowed it to continue for this long. Whether the Democrats ever accept the results of the 2016 election or not, we know our supporters are fired up and ready to re-elect President Trump in 2020.
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Belmont County Republican Party’s fall dinner. It was a great night and I was excited to see all the local support. One thing I made sure to mention is how important it is to get involved, especially at the state level. The Ohio Supreme Court is at stake and we must all work together to re-elect Justices French and Kennedy next year.
Lastly, Tuesday is Election Day so make sure you head to the polls if you haven’t participated in early voting.
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Portman Applauds Trump Administration Announcement of Drug Free Communities Grants to Combat the Drug Crisis 
Last week, U.S. Senator Rob Portman welcomed the announcement of Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant recipients, both new and continuation, in the state of Ohio. In 1997, Portman authored the Drug-Free Communities Act, which supports evidence-based, community-oriented drug prevention programs.
The Drug-Free Communities Act is designed to be optimally effective and accountable by capping the amount spent on administrative and overhead expenses, requiring all coalitions that receive grants to have experience in drug abuse prevention, and to match federal funding with local funds. No other drug prevention program has achieved the same reduction in youth drug use that has been achieved consistently by the DFC program.
The grant awards can be found at this link.
Governor DeWine Keynotes Conferences on Higher Education and Aging
On Wednesday, Governor DeWine delivered remarks at the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s annual Trustees Conference. More than 200 university and community college presidents, trustees, administrators, and leaders from Ohio’s public two-year and four-year colleges and universities attended. On Thursday, Governor DeWine attended the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging Conference. This was a two- day conference attended by more than 450 social workers, nurses, professionals, advocates, and volunteers, representing the area agencies on aging, service providers, and others in the aging and disability network.
Husted Announces Job Creation in Cleveland, S.E. Ohio
Last week, Lt. Governor Jon Husted traveled to London, England to finalize a deal with the London Stock Exchange to secure Cleveland, Ohio as the new home of their ELITE Program’s headquarters in the Americas. As part of the trip, the Lt. Governor also announced the creation of 100 new jobs in Ohio and an expanded partnership to help drive capital and investment into our state to create jobs. To celebrate the expanded business connections, the Lt. Governor was invited to open the London Stock Exchange.
AG Yost Sends $1.3 Million to Local Drug Abuse Response Teams
Attorney General Dave Yost recently sent $1.3 million in grants to local Drug Abuse Response Teams, which address drug addictions and overdoses within Ohio communities. The Drug Abuse Response Team Grant Program is reimbursing some of the personnel and other costs for local law enforcement and government agency teams that respond to overdoses and other effects of the opioid epidemic.
“When an overdose tears the fabric of our communities, these are the people that begin the mending,” Yost said. “They bring the first principle of compassion to the first response.”
The grant program, which began in 2017, is administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. You can see which agencies in your community received grants through an interactive map here.
LaRose Highlights Early Voting
This week, Secretary LaRose and his wife Lauren highlighted how easy and convenient voting is in Ohio by participating in early voting for the November Election.
Reminder: Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th and polls are open from 6:30am – 7:30pm. Visit to find your polling location.
Auditor Faber Rallies Voters in Zanesville 
Auditor of State Keith Faber was in Zanesville this week supporting local candidates for office and meeting with local government officials. With the election just 2 days away, Auditor Faber has been reminding voters all across the state to turn out for our Republican officeholders.
Treasurer Sprague Announces Another STABLE Milestone
On Friday, Treasurer Robert Sprague announced that the STABLE program has surpassed $100 million in total contributions since it was launched in 2016. STABLE accounts are specialized investment accounts that allow individuals living with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for programs like Medicaid or SSI.
“This $100 million mark signifies so much more than a dollar amount,” said Treasurer Sprague. “For our STABLE account holders, this means peace of mind. With the STABLE program, people with disabilities are now more easily able to join the workforce and save what they earn. They’re able to plan for their futures and live more independently. That kind of security is more than worth its weight in gold.”
Earlier this year, Treasurer Sprague announced that more than 10,000 individuals had opened STABLE Accounts. That number continues to grow, and today there are nearly 13,500 people with active STABLE Accounts
Read more here.