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New party chair addresses area Republicans

With only three weeks on the job, Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges saw Sunday evening’s Republican picnic for Logan, Hardin and Hancock counties as an ideal opportunity to meet and discuss issues with a wide variety of party supporters.

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ABOVE: Tom Stacy, right, of Zanesfield, and Kevon Martis, left, director of Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition, discuss wind turbine issues with Ohio GOP chairman Matt Borges, second from left, and State Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, during a multicounty Republican Party picnic Sunday evening at West Liberty’s Lions Park. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Chloe Hattery, 6, and her sister Olivia Hattery, 12, of Kenton, swing on the playground at the event. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

For a group of Logan County residents opposed to wind turbine development, the event at West Liberty’s Lions Park was a chance to meet face to face with a legislator they believe is too lenient on wind projects.

“This is huge for us to be able to bring multiple counties together,” Mr. Borges said. “Right now, I’m just trying to meet as many active Republicans around the state as I can.”

Mr. Borges, formerly the state party’s executive director, replaced veteran Bob Bennett in the top position after Mr. Bennett’s recent retirement.

“The county organizations are the lifeblood of our party,” Mr. Borges told the crowd of about 100 area residents.

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