Husted to headline Lincoln Day Dinner

By Lindsay Kriz -

Jon Husted

Jon Husted

POMEROY — With the arrival of February also comes the annual Meigs County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

This year, the event will be Thursday, Feb. 25, with doors opening at 5:15 p.m. and the dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

This year, the guest speaker will be Ohio Secretary of State Jon A. Husted.

According to his official website, Husted’s political career took off in 2000, when he was first elected to public office as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Four years later, in 2006, his colleagues elected him Speaker of the House, which made him one of the youngest speakers in the state’s history. He, along with other members of the House of Representatives, helped pass a fiscally conservative budget. Aspects of this particular budget included reform of the state tax code, as well as an income tax cut.

Husted also helped lead the passage of the Ed Choice Scholarship, which serves as a school choice option for those children studying in schools that are considered to be failing. Another creation includes the Choose Ohio First Scholarship, which helps to encourage students in Ohio to study STEMM, or science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

He served two terms as speaker of the House before being elected to the Ohio Senate. Today, he serves as Ohio’s 53rd secretary of state, which entails responsibility of the oversight of elections in what is often a swing state. In particular, he’s worked to implement uniform rules that included the first ever statewide absentee ballot application mailing to voters in all 88 counties in 2012 and again in 2014 as well as setting expansive hours for early, in-person voting.

Aside from overseeing state elections, Husted appoints the members of the board of elections in all 88 counties in Ohio. Husted is also considered the “custodian” of business filings in the state, which has included allowing businesses filing online.

For tickets and ticket information for this event, call Bill Spaun at 740-416-5995 or Sandy Iannarelli at 740-541-0735.

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By Lindsay Kriz

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.