RIO GRANDE — The Gallia County Republican Party will be conducting its annual corn roast at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bob Evans Farm shelter house.
According to Gallia County Republican Party chairwoman Anita Moore, the event has been held for several years and is an opportunity for the public to enjoy some roasted corn, hot dogs, smokies and other forms of grilled foods. She said the event has always been conducted outside at the shelter house.
“It’s an opportunity for you to find out what your (the public) Republican office holders are up to. Come out and mingle and eat free,” Moore said.
Jeff Halley, Gallia County Board of Elections director and a Republican, said the corn roast was something like a fall season rally.
“The Lincoln Day Dinner, we usually use that to start the year off for the political season. The corn roast is kind of a mid or run-up to the filing deadline for petitions and things or if any candidacies will be announced before the filing deadline, which is Aug. 5 for this year’s elections,” he said.
Halley said he believed upcoming elections in November for Gallia County would consist of school board members, fiscal officers, township trustees, city commission, village councils and races and mayors.
“This is a nonpartisan (election) year. Individuals do not have to declare politics. They don’t have to declare as Democrat or Republican for this year’s elections in Gallia County,” Halley said.
According to Moore, Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo will be making an appearance to speak at the corn roast event.
Mingo is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He attended Ohio State University, where he earned an undergraduate and law degree in just over five years.
During 2009, Mingo began his service as Franklin County auditor. In 2010 and 2014, he was voted into a four-year term. He further served as a 2012 Republican National Convention delegate in Tampa, Fla. Two Ohioans attended to serve on the Republican National Platform Committee. Mingo was one of them.
Mingo spoke in Washington, D.C., at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He had also been invited to speak on Glenn Beck’s television program during 2014.
The Mingo family resides in New Albany, Ohio. Mingo married his wife in 1992 and the pair are the parents of Annalise and Ava Mingo.
According to Moore, Mingo intends to run for state auditor in upcoming elections.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.