Nearly 200 GOP faithful attended Thursday evening’s Highland County Lincoln Day Dinner at the First United Methodist Church in Hillsboro, with state Rep. Bill Seitz offering frank comments about legislation, and Hillsboro resident Lynn Stevens named Republican of the Year.
County party chair Paulette Donley said the honor bestowed on Stevens was “very well deserved.” She said Stevens has been active with the party since her retirement from the USDA Rural Development office, helping almost daily at GOP headquarters and serving as co-chair in charge of GOP women activities. Stevens and her husband, Charlie, are co-owners of Stevens Hardware in Greenfield.
Donley said Stevens’ mother was a longtime chair of the Stark County Republican Party, and her daughter is carrying on the family tradition.
“Her service to the party is really excellent,” said Donley.
Seitz (R-30th Dist.) was the featured speaker, and offered candid comments about legislation, mixing humor with serious observations on statehouse activities.
“It was not just a rah-rah speech,” said Donley. “He was very animated and very convincing. He told why some bills get vetoed.”
She said Seitz also recited a humorous poem called, ‘Twas the Night Before Inauguration,” that begins with the lines, “’Twas the night before Inauguration, and up in the tower, The Donald reflected on his newfound power. The Deplorable masses had come out in force, delivered a victory that would chart a new course.”
Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, the state representative from the 91st District whose territory includes Highland County, also attended and offered brief remarks. He was accompanied by speaker pro tempore Kirk Schuring (R-48th District). Numerous GOP elected officials from the county, municipalities and townships attended.
Highland County Commissioner Shane Wilkin served as emcee. The colors were presented by Boy Scout Troop 171, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by student volunteer Morgan Holland. Dr. Larry Dukes offered the invocation.
The event was catered by Shoelaces Catering.
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