Gov. Kasich, Other Republicans Visit Springfield

Governor John Kasich, Senator Rob Portman, State Treasurer and Senate hopeful Josh Mandel and County Commissioner hopeful Kyle Koehler were all in attendance at the Clark County Republican headquarters, located at 1241 W. First St. near Meijer grocery store, on Wednesday Oct. 31 in a campaign effort to get out the vote.

Kasich, Mandel and Portman arrived at the self-described “Victory Center” on a large Mitt Romney campaign bus to a crowd of approximately 100 supporters at around 11:30 a.m. and stayed for an hour before they left for Union and Franklin counties.

The Republican leaders talked about the importance of Clark County as a basis of independent voters who are capable of having an impact on Madel’s tightly contested race against incumbent Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. The race between the two has garnered national attention and has become one of the most expensive Senate races in the entire nation.

Portman, Kasich and Mandel talked about the importance of the next few days before the election and also spoke of Ohio’s importance in determining if Mitt Romney will be elected as the next president of the United States.

The Republicans took pictures and answered questions with the local press before leaving.

In attendance was Kyle Koehler and members of his family along with other child and teenage volunteers for his campaign. According to Koehler and Chair of the Clark County Republican Party Lynda Smith, Koehler’s young volunteers – which he refers to as the “Koehler posse” – have made 20,000 of the 35,000 phone calls from the Republican headquarters to potential voters asking them for their support.

“They’re active and they’re learning about politics,” said Koehler about the volunteers. “They’re getting involved and realizing that even though they can’t vote yet – most of them can’t vote – that they have a voice and that they can make a difference.”

Koehler is running against David Hartley, the current Clark County Commissioner who has held this office for the past eight years.

“I think we run a very positive race,” said Koehler. “It’s hard when you disagree with somebody not to bring out some of the things you disagree with him, but as far as I’m concerned, I bring a positive outlook and a positive change to the county government… If people can talk to me then they know who I am.”

According to Smith, the Republican headquarters will be open on Nov. 6 to help people with any questions they have in regards to polling centers and to offer rides to those who may need them.

Casey O’Brien ’13, obrienc179@wittenberg.edu