Revitalizing the party:
Recruiting quality candidates
Good races start with good candidates. The Toledo Blade has recognized in an article entitled “Recruiting Vexes Local GOP Chief” that the current chairman “wasn’t able to complete his primary job – recruiting candidates to run against Democrats.” It’s time for new direction. Mr. Wagoner was proud to have introduced Tom Waniewski, the first truly competitive Republican candidate for Mayor of Toledo in more than a decade. Many more quality Republicans want to be involved – and we will actively recruit them.
Supporting quality candidates
There is more than just recruiting quality candidates – our candidates must be supported too. We have a plan to provide the resources, including technology, data, and voter outreach, needed to run and manage successful campaigns. We have been involved with a number of successful campaigns all around Ohio, and we’re excited to bring those winning strategies to our local party.
Training quality candidates
In addition to quality candidates and providing the right tools, we need to provide the proper training to make sure our candidates are well prepared for the campaign trail. We have plans to create a candidate college where experienced campaigners will mentor new candidates and help to accelerate their learning curve. There will also be weekly campaign meetings, so candidates can coordinate their activities to maximize their impact.
Working collaboratively with grassroots groups
The energy in any campaign comes from its grassroots. Phone banks must be staffed, doors knocked, and voter contact made. Relationships with these groups need to be cultivated. Elections are a team effort – and fostering a winning, collaborative environment is the key to success. Mark will work to restore the Lucas County Republican Party’s relationships with these important grassroots groups.
Funding a competitive party
Campaigns need to get their message out, and that takes money. Over the years, Mark has raised and contributed nearly $1 million to help elect Republicans throughout Ohio. There are untapped Republican donors in Lucas County, who are not willing to contribute to the Lucas County Republican Party with its current leadership. Just last month, he co-hosted an incredibly successful event with the Chair of the Republican National Committee Ronna Romney McDaniel and Ohio Republican Chair Jane Timken and we plan to continue that success at the local level.
Ensuring ethical government
Republicans need to provide sound government, not headlines that embarrass the local party. Just take a look at the Board of Elections, where according to the Toledo Blade our local party has contributed to “a deep rooted culture of dysfunction.” Election officials characterized the Lucas County Board of Elections as a “casserole of nonsense.” The Toledo Blade further commented that “[a] new report ordered by Ohio’s chief elections officer details — again — the dysfunction at the Lucas County Board of Elections: a lack of leadership and accountability for basic daily operations, deficiencies in managing public property and records, and a pervasive institutional climate of “mistrust and paranoia.” Toledo Blade. And the Toledo Blade just asked in March of this year: “Who in their right mind would return [our current Lucas County GOP chairman] to the elections board in any capacity?”