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Republicans gather, discuss upcoming election

By CAITLEN CAMERON • Apr 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Local Republicans gathered earlier this week at Calvary Baptist Church in Norwalk to give 10-minute pitches and talk with community members about their questions for the May 8 primary and beyond.

A common question raised was the candidates’ views on new gun laws. The two candidates running for the 13th district seat in the Ohio Senate, Nathan Manning and Ryan Sawyer, had similar but different views.

Manning said he would be open to a discussion about the topic.

“If there comes to be some gun laws that could save a person's life or keep guns out of the hands of people that shouldn't have them then, I’ll definitely listen to it and we’ll see.”

Sawyer, on the other hand, was “absolutely against” gun laws in general.

“This is a slippery slope; you give them one little thing, they’re going to start and they’re going to take it. We’ve seen this happen when it’s come to gay marriage, if you want to call it a civil union. If you want to be able to have benefits for one, that’s wonderful but, marriage is a sanctity of the church, so they got it because they took one little thing at a time and that’s what they’re going to do when it comes to the guns”

Another topic that was largely discussed was the opioid epidemic.

Joe Hintz, incumbent for Huron County commissioner, along with others had arguments for having the people get the help they need.

“If we don’t get a handle on this, we don’t have to worry about an invasion, we are literally going to destroy ourselves from within,” Hintz said. “Financially, the drug problem is crippling us when you have job industries in this county who can’t find enough people to hire because they can’t pass drug tests, it’s destroying us.”

Among other topics, candidate Tom Dunlap, who is running for Huron County auditor against Roland Tkach, is seeking cooperation between the county commissioners and the county auditor's office.

“There’s a lot of issues I am also concerned with like core values, there's a certain amount of situation that goes on there where the current auditor just isn't being completely honest with the public and things that are going on with taxation like particularly the CAUV, current agricultural use value,” Dunlap said.

Diane Cox, who is running for the 13th Senate district central committee, said she thought the event was great for getting her name out.

“This was a great opportunity to reach out to the community, since I never usually get to come out this west.” 

Other candidates who attended were: Rep. Dick Stein, current state representative for District 57; Kirsten Penton-Hill, running for the 13th Senate district central committee; and Patty Stein, also running for 13th Senate district central committee. 

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