Monday, October 31, 2011

TEA Party Groups Recommend Ron Young for Grendell Senate Seat

GeaugaCounty - October 31, 2011 - In a letter addressed to Ohio Senate Leader Tom Niehaus, House Speaker Bill Batchelder and Governor John Kasich today, leaders of the Geauga, Lake and Portage County TEA Parties announced
that they are recommending Ohio Representative Ron Young for appointment to the Ohio 18th Senate District seat being vacated by former Senator Tim Grendell. With the redistricting of Ohio Senate and House districts in October, the counties of Lake, Geauga and Portage, will be sharing the same senator. Members and leaders of the three county TEA Party groups thought that it was important to make a recommendation for this important seat and made the effort to interview in person as many of the 12 potential candidates as possible. Over the past two weeks, the group interviewed eight of the most qualified candidates for one hour each in an effort to come up with its recommendation. Ron Young was unanimously favored for the appointment by the committee.

In making the announcement, Michael J. Petruziello, President of the Geauga County TEA Party said: In an effort to have representation that fits the needs of the people, it was necessary to evaluate applicants and make a recommendation as to who would represent us for the remainder of this Senate term vacated by Senator Grendell. Since Portage and Lake counties are now in the same district with Geauga County, I felt that it was necessary for their input to help recommend a viable candidate that we could all support in 2012 and beyond. Representative Ron Young fulfills the requirements that Lake, Portage and Geauga County Tea Paries are looking for in a candidate that represents our values.

Chuck Laughlin, Co-Director of the Lake County TEA Party, added: "We recognize the importance of citizens being involved in their self-governance. In light of this responsibility and duty, we have participated in the process to make this recommendation. We have found state representative Ron Young to have consistently demonstrated a conservative voting record and to hold to the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. Therefore, we are pleased to make this recommendation."

Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party said: "We are not currently part of this new senate district, but will be starting next year. We understand that the Republican Party needs to appoint someone who is both in the current senate district and also lives in what will be the new senate district, so that they will be able to run for re-election next year after the appointment. Under those conditions, we were happy to be invited to participate in the vetting process and we were impressed by many of the potential candidates. Ron Young has a conservative record during the years that he has served in the Ohio House and we believe that he is now ready, willing and able best serve in the Ohio Senate. We encourage the Republican Leadership to appoint Ron as we believe that he best represents the interests of all the citizens of Lake, Geauga and Portage Counties. We will look forward to their appointment decision."

The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the historical body of knowledge that our founders relied upon to create the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful. Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen by encouraging individual participation in governance at all levels to more closely align government with its traditional role as originally defined by the nation's founders.