PDT Staff Writer
On Friday the Ohio Republican Party Central and Executive committees met in Columbus to elect a new chairman and vice chair. Matt Borges of Columbus was elected chairman and Kay Reynolds of Scioto County was elected vice chair.
Bryan Davis, Scioto County Republican Party Spokesman said the news of Reynolds elections came as good news.
“We’re very excited and have been since we got the news she won. She has worked very hard for this and basically she had to run a campaign to win,” Davis said. “Being the vice chair makes her the No. 2 person in the Ohio Republican Party. She plans to be very involved and has a lot of plans.”
Davis said part of Reynolds platform was to improve how the party communicates with its members and potential voters.
“Technology is rapidly changing and because of that the state party needs to change as well. She wants to work really hard on communicating the message of the party in every county. Scioto County really is one of the leaders in the state when it comes to how we are communicating with our local party,” Davis said.
Reynolds said her new role will mean lots of traveling around the state to various Republican events.
“This is quite to the best of my knowledge, I am only the third vice chair in the history of the Republican State Central Committee. As the vice chair, I have one role and that’s to help elect Republican candidates,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds said there has never been an officer from Scioto County in the state party.
She said her schedule already has her traveling to Republican events. Tonight she will be in attendance at the Adams County Lincoln Day Dinner.
“Since our (Ohio Republican Party) last meeting in January I’ve attended over 35 Lincoln Day Dinners, Republican meetings and events across the state,” Reynolds said.
She said the party’s top priority is the 2014 election and to get the governor re-elected.
According to Matthew Henderson, Ohio Republican Party Spokesman there were three items on Fridays agenda, “one was the election of chairman. The second was to conduct an election for vice chairman. The election for vice chairman was between Kay Reynolds and Maryann Chrispie of Cincinnati.”
Henderson said as the vice chairwoman, Reynolds will have an office at the state party headquarters and will take an active role within the party. If the chairman would happen to step down over the course of the year, Reynolds would be in line to take over.
The third item on the agenda was adopt a new rule, concerning limited proxy votes for members. That measure failed.
According to the party, after 23 years of service Bob Bennett is the longest serving Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party and will officially step down May 31, 2013. Borges will officially begin his new term as Chairman on June 1, 2013.
“I am honored to have the trust and confidence of the Committee and proud to lead our Party heading into the next critical election cycle,” Borges said in a released statement.
For more information about the Ohio Republican Party visit, www.ohiogop.org.
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