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Dear Members: 

Well, it may be gray and white outside, but inside it is all red, white, and blue as we head in to this historic primary March 4.  It is important that Republicans show some enthusiasm at the polls and that the national press is given NO opportunity to remark on Ohio Republicans' lackluster showing. 

We soon will have our nominee, while the Democrats continue their close and divisive race.  This will give us an enormous opportunity to win the White House this fall.  We all need to be soldiers in this fight.  Each and every one of you can recruit, convince, and campaign for the GOP. This is an opportunity for Institute members to be involved and relevant. 

For all of you on the ballot this March, good luck to you. You can rest assured that the members of the Institute will be cheering you on and following the election results closely.  It's been tough, I know, for many of you candidates--and not always fun--but we are proud of you for having the courage to be in the arena.  God bless you all!

Betty Montgomery


Amber Burke
Diane Delaplane
Lois Fisher
Sharon Gingerich
Rebecca Prem Groppe
Cheryl Grossman
Helen Hall
Kay Langham
Randy Ostry LeHoty
Jeanette Moll
Phyllis Moseley
Nancy Nix
Cindy Pike
Barbara Queer
Judy Sonner
Jill Thompson

State Central Committee
County Commissioner
State Representative
County Recorder
County Recorder
State Representative
State Central Committee
County Commissioner
US Congress
State Central Committee
County Treasurer
Clerk of Courts
County Commissioner
County Recorder
State Representative

If we have missed anyone, or if you are running for County Central Committee, please email your information to Carol Porter at cporter1@columbus.rr.com. We will publish any new information in the next newsletter.

Also, contact Carol with race results after the polls close on March 4th!


State is regressing in electing women
At one time, Ohio ranked 15th in nation for females in legislature; now it's 40th
By Dennis J. Willard
Beacon Journal Columbus Bureau
Published on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008

COLUMBUS: Following the Year of the Woman in national politics in 1992, male party and legislative leaders in Ohio began to actively recruit and run members of the opposite gender for the state legislature.

The results were impressive.

By 1995, one in four members of the 132-member Ohio General Assembly were women, up 15 percent in just three years.

The same year, Jo Ann Davidson, R-Reynoldsburg, was chosen by her colleagues to be the first woman speaker of the House in the state's history.

Nancy Hollister, the former Marietta mayor, was lieutenant governor and would make history for 11 days in January, 1999, as interim governor when George Voinovich left for the U.S. Senate prior to newly-elected Bob Taft being sworn into office.

Ohio was not only changing, but pulling ahead of other states, moving up in the rankings from 29th to 15th in the nation for women in the legislature.

Today, however, as Hillary Rodham Clinton is vying to become the first woman in America to be a major party candidate for president, Ohio's track record on electing and appointing women to the state legislature has regressed.

To what extent?

The number of women in the legislature has reached new lows not seen since before 1992.

Ohio has dropped to 40th among
states for electing women to the legislature.

In 2008, one in six lawmakers, less than 17 percent, are women.

Click here to view entire article.


Please help us stay current by forwarding any changes in your contact information to Linda Dotson at lsdotson@ameritech.net. It's important that we have correct information so we can send out information throughout this Presidential year, and to share updates of colleagues running for office.

Randi LeHoty Announces Candidacy for Judge

Commissioner Randi LeHoty (JADOLI class of 2002) announced her candidacy for Lake County Common Pleas Court Judge, General Division.  She is the endorsed Republican candidate for the open seat being vacated by retiring Judge Paul Mitrovich.  She faces no primary opposition.

A former assistant prosecuting attorney, LeHoty prosecuted serious felons and argued constitutional law issues in the trial, appellate and supreme courts.  She has also represented clients civilly and worked as an adjunct professor at local colleges.
Click here to view entire press release.

To learn more about Randi's candidacy or donate to her campaign visit: Randi4Judge.com


Douglass takes over CIC post
Named new associate development director
By ED POLLI, Times Leader Staff Writer

THE Belmont County Department of Development/Community Improvement Corp. has a new associate director.

Sue Douglass, a Belmont County native, was named to the position, according to an announcement by Terry Lee, board president. Lee said Douglass has been hired to fill the role of associate director due to the resignation of Jason Stanford, former assistant director. He is leaving the area for a new position in the state.

Click here to view entire article.


Town Hall Meeting in Columbus - March 12th 

The National Women's Business Council invites women business owners and entrepreneurs from all industries, ethnicities, experience and revenue levels, as well as local government officials, economic development leaders, and those who work with the women’s business community to attend a Town Hall Meeting in Columbus on March 12th.   

The cost is FREE, but space is limited, so advance registration is required.

Visit www.nwbc.gov to register or for more information.


Please visit the following link from the GOP.com website to hear an iimportant message from Jo Ann regarding The Pink Elephants Coalition. 


Send this website link to all Republican women in your email network.  We want to make Ohio No. 1 in identifying women involved in The Pink Elephants. 


The Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute will again be putting on a Campaign School for Republican women candidates designed to provide an in-depth discussion of issues such as fundraising, creating a grassroots team, imaging, messaging, and overcoming campaign difficulties. 
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2008

Place: Riffe Center for Government and the Arts

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please get your reservation form in by Friday, March 31.  Please email the form to Linda Dotson at lsdotson@ameritech.net or fax it to 614/224-0802.

Download Reservation Form (Word Doc)