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Republican Candidates introduced and Issues Discussed Saturday

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The Darke County Republican Men’s Club met in regular session Saturday morning in the Brick Room of the Brethren Retirement Community. President Bob Robinson opened the meeting and noted that this was an opportunity for those in attendance to meet the (Republican) candidates and hear about the local and state issues they would be voting on.

This was the last meeting before the upcoming November 8, 2011 election and many candidates were in attendance. Incumbent Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers asked for the group’s support and thanked them for their continued support in the past.   Greenville Auditor Nancy Myers echoed the mayor’s sentiments.  She will be seeking another term as your City Auditor if you live in Greenville.

Clarence Godwin spoke to the group about his desire to become the 1st Ward Councilman.  He cited a good work ethic as an independent businessman as well as some experience locally serving on various boards.

Jesse Green offered some ideas on why he is the best candidate for Municipal Court Judge.  He has been a lawyer since college, serving as a Judge Advocate with the Ohio Army National Guard.  He also talked of his family and their values.

One local issue was discussed and that was the Greenville City School bond levy to build a new K-8 building, as well as refurbishing the current High School.  Shawn Daugherty presented the information in a short slide show and the questions were answered by Susie Reigle, Superintendent of Schools and Bob Rhoades Co-Chair of the Citizens for Quality Schools Committee.

Justin Hines gave a short talk on why he was running for Greenville Twp. Trustee.  He is a local independent businessman and because of his work with heavy equipment has done work with almost every township in Darke County.  He is interested in the politics of Greenville Twp.  Susan Miles spoke on behalf of her husband Maury who was unable to attend.  Maury is also running for the Township Trustee seat in Greenville Township.  He was appointed to the seat when former trustee Mike Stegall was elected County Commissioner.  Miles is also a small businessman and the owner of Wolf Tent and Awning.

The group was honored to have State Sen. Keith Faber (R) Celina, State Rep. Jim Buchy (R) 77th House District, and State Rep. Richard Adams (R) 79th House District in attendance.

Rep. Richard Adams explained to the group what was contained in Issue 1 which will be on the ballot. The measure deals with the House Resolution increasing the judicial retirement age limitation.

Sen. Keith Faber discussed Issue 2 which has been a very controversial issue concerning public employees right to negotiate. The measure would repeal legislation that limits collective bargaining for public employees in the state. The formal title of the proposal that this measure would repeal is Senate Bill 5. Notably, SB 5 prevents unions from charging “fair share” dues to employees who opt out. The process to place the referendum on the ballot for voters to decide was completed by supporters, as signatures were certified for the Ohio Secretary of State. This is a referendum issue.

Rep. Jim Buchy talked a bit about Issue 3 to the group. The measure calls for exempting residents of Ohio from national health care mandates which would stop any state law from forcing persons, employers or health care providers to participate in a health care system. The measure is being sponsored by The Ohio Project. The measure is in response to President Barack Obama’s signing of a national health care mandate law in 2010.

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