GALLIPOLIS — Ohio Senator Frank LaRose shared his vision with Gallia County at the Gallia GOP Republican Rally Tuesday evening at Bossard Library alongside Ohio Auditor Dave Yost as the senator quests to be elected the Ohio Secretary of State.
“Tonight is a special occasion for me for a couple of reasons because not only did I become the only republican in the race as of yesterday (Monday) but also, today marks my 88th county,” said LaRose. “I’ve been all over the State of Ohio and saved the best for last. I’ve been here a few times but this is the first event I’ve done here.”
LaRose grew up in the northeast corner of Ohio in Akron. He served in the US Army for 10 years before deciding to run for the Ohio State Senate.
“The only time I’ve ever had an uncontested race was my first primary,” said LaRose. “(Some of the experienced party members in the local Republican Party) thought it was a losing proposition. We worked hard and knocked on tens of thousands of doors to raise the money we needed. I surprised a lot of people by winning. It put me in the State Senate having never served in elected office before.”
LaRose credited much of his success politically to mentors he met in his time as a senator. He said one of his ties to the region was through State Representative Ryan Smith as they both served working on the Ohio transportation budget.
“During seven years in the senate, I’ve built a reputation as being the go-to guy on election day,” claimed LaRose. “That wasn’t my intention when I got there, but I had the chance to do that because John Husted, our current Secretary of State, approached me and said ‘Hey, Ohio ranks poorly for military votes. If our men and women are serving overseas protecting our freedom, well certainly they should be able to enjoy the right to vote and do so in a way that’s not bureaucratic or requires them to fill out a bunch of forms or whatever.’ So, we partnered on that.”
LaRose said Husted and he paired to work together to improve the veteran voting process. Among his achievements, LaRose listed that he was a proponent of removing deceased individuals and non-citizens from the voting rolls in government records.
LaRose would finish thanking the Gallia GOP for its hospitality and asked for its vote.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.