GOP to hold annual Corn Roast

By Dean Wright -

RIO GRANDE — The Gallia County Republican Party will once again be holding its annual Corn Roast July 27 at 6 p.m. at the Bob Evans Farm Shelter House.

According to previous GOP event organizers, the event has long served as a less formalized meeting for area Republicans and their visitors, unlike the Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner often held in spring.

“It’s been an annual event for the Republican Party for several years now,” said event organizer Jeff Halley. “It’s just another chance to meet with your elected officials and in more ways than one-on-one meetings. It’s free and open to the public. It doesn’t matter whether you’re democrat or republican. We don’t ask. You can come and share fellowship with a meal.”

Gallia GOP Chairman Kennison Saunders is expected to introduce keynote speaker Jane Timken, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.

Timken was elected to the position in January. According to her biographical information on, Timken first served as a vice-chairman in the Stark County Republican Party. During the 40th Republican National Convention in Tampa, she served as a co-chairman of the Sub-Committee Restoring Constitutional Government as well as the Congressional District 16 delegate. Her legal career first began with Black McCuskey as she specialized in employment law, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and civil litigation. Timken also served as a law clerk and magistrate under Stark County Judge of Common Pleas Sara Lioi.

Timken served as a director at CommQuest, an organization which assisted with homeless shelters, mental health services, substance abuse treatment and adoption services. She was also a chairman of the board of trustees with Kent State University.

Timken is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College and received her J.D., summa cum laude, from the American University, Washington College of Law.

Timken continues to live in Stark County with her husband W.J. Timken, Jr., CEO and president of TimkenSteel.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright