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GREENE COUNTY — During the May 6 primary election, Greene County voters will consider candidates to represent the 10th district on the State Central Committee.

One male and one female candidate is elected from both the republican and democratic parties in each of the 33 Ohio Senate districts. They are elected every two years in the primary election and serve 2-year terms.

The Democrat candidates running unopposed this election are Nora Parker of Springfield and David Farrell of Springfield.

The Republican party has five candidates in their contested race, two female and three male. Each of these candidates spoke before the Greene County Central Committee March 27.

Marlene Johnson

Johnson, of Yellow Springs, is currently a member of the Xenia Republican Women’s Club in Greene County and has been a Greene County Republican Party Central Committee member for the past six years.

“I am issues oriented and policy driven,” Johnson said in her campaign video. “I want to be your candidate for the State Central Committee because I want them to adopt a platform, specifically the National Republican Platform, and I want them to start taking a stance on issues, especially issues like opposing Medicaid Expansion and Common Core.”

In 2012, Johnson was appointed member of the Rules and By-Laws Committee for the Greene County Republican Party, from which a revised version was approved in October 2013. In 2011, she was a leading signature collector for both the Healthcare Freedom Amendment and the petition to End the Ohio Estate Tax.

Brenda K. Lewis

Lewis, a Xenia resident, is seeking her second term to this office. She has been chair of the Greene County Republican Party Central Committee since 2004, is a member of the Greene County Central Committee, and a member of the Greene County Board of Elections.

“As republicans we have an amazing opportunity to build, promote and extend the party,” she told the local Central Committee. “We need State Central Committee members who will actively work for our elected officials and the party. As your representative I have attended every meeting of the 10th district central committee. There remains a lot of work to be done to ensure that we continue our success for having elected strong capable republican candidates to office.”

Lewis has also been president of the Republican Women’s Club, and for the past 12 years has organized and staffed the Greene County Republican headquarters and the GOP tent at the Greene County Fair.

John Anderson

Anderson, of Enon, is also running for 10th District State Representative in 2014 election. He previously ran for Congress as a Libertarian in 2010 and in the Republican primary in 2012.

“I represent a radical departure from the other two candidates. I am from the true conservative wing of the republican party, that really wants to reform the federal government, clean out the career politicians once and for all and set a new direction for the State of Ohio,” said Anderson, who wants to introduce new principles of cutting the government, getting rid of unnecessary taxes and getting rid of regulations.

“I’ll make sure the right candidates are screened to meet those qualifications, that they are not weak candidates, that they are a true group of conservatives, and anybody who doesn’t pass those standards I will automatically oppose and reject those candidates and send them packing,” he said.

Steve Austria

Austria, who lives in Beavercreek, currently represents Greene County on the Republican State Central Committee, and he was recently selected to the Republican National Committee advisory board. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1998 until 2000, and was elected to the Ohio State Senate in 2001, representing the 10th District.

Austria was U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 7th congressional district from 2009 to 2013.

“A fiscal conservative elected in 2008, as a freshman congressman, I went to Washington and I stood up against all this expansion of government, out of control spending, wasteful spending, and wasteful policies that this president has put forward,” he said. “I believe our challenges will begin the day after the primary, May 7, bringing our family, the Republican party and all its different factions together to defeat the democrats. We have to keep our eye on the right target…and it’s going to require experienced and strong leadership.”

Bruce Hull

Hull is a Xenia resident, Beavercreek business owner and member of Greene County Republican Party Central Committee. In the spring 2012 primary, he ran as a republican candidate for Greene County Commissioner, and that fall he volunteered for the GOP as Greene County ward leader. In 2013, he worked with Ohioans for Workplace Freedom gathering signatures to help put the question of Ohio becoming a right-to-work state on the ballot.

“My reason for running is to firmly establish the republican party as the permanent majority party in Ohio and reestablish the GOP as the majority party in America,” he told the Greene County Central Committee. “For the moment we’re not doing too badly in Ohio although we could lose that lead pretty quickly…we have to be a party that resonates with voters, that excites voters, that brings out the republicans to vote.”

Hull believes the party needs to better define what it stands for, including fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free-markets.

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