GOP leader Jane Timken to address local Republicans – Sandusky Register

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HURON — Local Republicans will hear from a top party leader if they show up for the Erie County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner in Huron Friday.

Jane Timken, the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, will be guest speaker at the event.

Timken, elected as new chairman of the party with the support of President Donald Trump, told the Register she’ll talk about the importance of grassroots organizing and of winning 2018 elections.

“I always talk about the importance of county parties. They are the backbone of our party,” said Timken.

As an official in the Stark County Republican Party, Timken was known for her willingness to spend time making phone calls, passing out yard signs and doing other organizing chores.

New voters came to the Republican Party in 2016, and reaching out to them personally is important to keeping them, Timken said.

“I’m a firm believer in the door-to-door campaign, the phone call campaign,” Timken said. “Voter contact is very important.”

Next year, voters will elect a new governor. Republicans will attempt to retain their control of most statewide offices, while Democrats will  defend the U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Timken said she’ll talk about the importance of the 2018 election and notes that redistricting will be done after the next census.

“We can’t go back to Democratic control in Ohio,” she said.

Timken said party unity is a big focus for her going into 2018. Republicans will have disagreements, but the focus has to be on beating Democrats, she said.

An attorney, Timken graduated cum laude from Harvard College and played rugby. She was in the top 10 percent of her class in law school at the American University in Washington, D.C.

Although she was an overachiever in many fields, Timken did not play the bagpipes particularly well when she took up the instrument as a teenager, according to a long feature article about her published recently in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Timken will not be performing on the bagpipes Friday.

“I want to keep voters. I don’t want to scare them away,” she said.

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Want to Go?

WHAT: Erie County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner.

WHEN: 6:45 p.m. Friday, April 21, but doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the private reception with Jane Timken will be at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Mesenburg Plaza Place, 545 Cleveland Road W., Huron OH 44839.

COST: $30 per person in advance, $35 at the door. Private reception with Jane Timken, $100, includes dinner. Call Pat Parsons at 440-967-5462 or write to her at Pat Parsons, P.O. Box 26, Vermilion OH 44089. Make checks payable to “Erie County Republican Party” and give your name, address phone number, and number of reservations requested. Email can be sent to