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Welcome to the Licking County Republican Party’s Website. We are proud of our fine Republican office holders and our solid Republican volunteers. We would welcome your participation in our Republican Party events. Click on our links and get to know our Republican Party. Licking County is the place to live and enjoy the values of good government and good people. Vote Republican and keep our party growing.


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June 1st Golf Outing Co Treasurer Olivia Parkinson & Co Auditor Mike Smith

Posted on: May 24th, 2018 by

Thorp for Sheriff 14th Annual Golf Outing May 11th

Posted on: April 3rd, 2018 by

LCR Women’s Club Meeting April 18th

Posted on: April 1st, 2018 by

LCR Women’s Club Meeting Wednesday, April 18 at The DoubleTree Hotel, 50 North 2nd Street, Downtown Newark

Social begins at 6pm.  Our program features State Senator Troy Balderson – Candidate for US Congress 12th District (Pat Tiberi’s vacated seat). Come enjoy an evening of camaraderie with fellow Republicans.  Troy will share his vision for how he plans to represent the constituents of the 12th District in Washington and ensure Ohio remains a great place to live, work and raise your family.

Please RSVP by 4/15 at NOON (the sooner the better): (740) 404-8865 (text or voice). (The LCRW is required to pay for all dinners ordered by 5pm on 4/15. Anyone cancelling after the deadline is responsible to pay $17/pp.)



By Mark Labutis, Newark City Council member 4th ward –I look forward to continuing to understand the needs of my city and my neighbors and will do my part to keep Newark a great place to live, work and worship.

Posted on: February 21st, 2018 by

By Mark Labutis, Newark City Council member 4th ward -

During my campaign for Newark City Council, I spent a lot of time chatting with my neighbors on their front porches. On these porches, we would discuss the issues and I would get the privilege to see a glimpse of our great city through my neighbors’ eyes. Through these initial conversations, I learned that nearly everyone had a different viewpoint, according to their circumstance, about this city we all call home.

After completing my first month of service on City Council, this trend has remained constant: constituents see situations according to their individual circumstance. I’ve enjoyed hearing from my neighbors on various issues and helping them make the connection to the correct person or department to find solutions. From snow removal to noise ordinances, I’ve heard it all and learned that Newark has a great team in place to help all of our residents with their concerns.

I am exceptionally pleased that your Council has been able to help our downtown area by passing legislation that will help enforce our parking laws in that area. A significant amount of time and money has been poured into our downtown to make it more inviting and include more activities for all ages. This legislation should ease the parking issues and allow for more parking spaces to be available for shoppers to visit, patronize and enjoy our downtown area.

My first month on City Council has been rewarding.

I look forward to continuing to understand the needs of my city and my neighbors and will do my part to keep Newark a great place to live, work and worship.



Licking County Republican Party’s Annual Lincoln Day Dinner March 13, 2017

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by

Licking County Republican Party’s Annual Lincoln Day Dinner March 13, 2017.

Come see LCRP elected officials and more Congressional and statewide candidates at the LCRP Annual Lincoln Dinner -

***Due to space limitation, all RSVPs have to be pre-paid at the time of rsvp with guest lists when returning the rsvp card.  Last year the event was filled to capacity!  Let us make this another Great Year!!!



County Commissioners Update – By Tim Bubb, Rick Black, Duane Flowers, County Commissioners

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by

County Commissioners Update – By Tim Bubb, Rick Black, Duane Flowers, County Commissioners

We would like to share some big news for 2018. On February 28th the 13 history-related organizations that host the annual Ohio Statehood Day event at the Ohio Statehouse, Licking County, the City of Newark, and several elected leaders to receive the Ohio History Leadership Award. This statewide recognition of our community includes local strong leadership in advocating for World Heritage status for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, the restoration of the 1876 Licking County Courthouse and for multiple examples of historic preservation initiatives throughout the County.  We look forward to joining a number of others in accepting this special recognition!  So, let’s begin 2018 with a look back at a very productive year in Licking County! Developments at year-end were significant as new investors stepped forward to turn around a couple of well-known and deteriorating properties. 2018 holds new promise for the Longaberger Basket/Office Building in east Newark and the Cherry Valley Lodge on the west side.  In December a developer, whose restoration company has been involved locally in the work on the Historic County Jail, the Penn Station and the NEWork Building all in downtown, and their partner, purchased the Basket.  The Developer says they have a ‘big vision’ for the building which will be announced in the months ahead.  Meanwhile, a new ownership group acquired the Cherry Valley Lodge and Waterpark in west Newark adjacent to Granville. They have plans to spend $13-million for much needed restoration and renovation of the property, which includes some 200 hotel rooms and meeting facilities and a 45-thousand square foot exhibition hall and event center In 2017 your Licking County Commissioners completed a much-needed restoration and renovation of the Historic 1876 Courthouse on the town square. The Courthouse was returned to its previous glory with a seven-phase project. A rededication will be held in the spring.  In addition, the County began a renovation of its East Main Street Annex which houses the Children Support Enforcement Agency CSEA. The project includes the addition of a permanent County Records Center. The combining of these two major projects, on this County owned site, is saving taxpayers some $3-million.  As with the 1876 Courthouse, a spring open house is planned.   This past year saw continued progress in cooperation with our Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) ‘Grow Licking County’ in bringing additional development and jobs to the County.  In 2017, we have seen investments and new opportunities from our existing partners at 1-800 Flowers with new call center positions in Hebron, a major corporate expansion by American Electric Power in New Albany, and new career opportunities at Hebron’s Transcendia.  Pataskala saw the technology firm, TechR2, expand into their community. Heath saw continued growth in the Central Ohio Aerospace & Technology Center with two big wins, Ohio Pack, LLC & GB Foods Incorporated.  And Facebook found a new data center home in New Albany with a project that could see expansion for nearly a decade along Beech Road and north of SR 161. This Economic Development achievement in 2017 adds up to 500 new jobs and over $800 million in private investment for Licking County.


Recent Local Candidate filings

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by

Recent Local Candidate filings -

Judge Craig Baldwin for Ohio Supreme Court (Judge Craig Baldwin facebook page)

State Representative Scott Ryan filing for re-election (facebook page Rep Scott Ryan)


Senator Jay Hottinger filing for Re-election

Licking County Auditor Mike Smith Filing for Re-election


County Commissioner Rick Black for Re-election


Andrew King filing for Appeals Court (facebook page link)


The Licking County Republican Party lost a great woman trailblazer today.

Posted on: February 7th, 2018 by

The Licking County Republican Party lost a great woman trailblazer today.  With much sadness, Keith Alexander let us know that his mother, Jane Alexander passed away peacefully this morning.  Republican for… probably 90 years for those who knew Jane that is not a stretch.  Jane was legendary for her unwaivering support of Republican candidates.  Her debates or discussions with fellow republican friends were sometimes the most challenging discussions or debates you would face – even from opposition.  Jane made you think. She made you work hard.  She made you take a stand.  She required everyone in the Licking County Republican Patriots Club to pick a candidate each election and work to elect that candidate.  Being the “foot soldiers” for Republicans was her passion.  Jane always walked and enjoyed walking door to door, registering voters, meeting voters and working the headquarters or various political booths at the strawberry festival, Hartford fair and at most political events.  More than 50+ years involvement with the Republican party.  Jane worked at the Board of Elections, served on Newark City Council, member of the Republican Women’s Club, served as elected long-time member of Republican Central Committee and served on the Republican Party Executive committee up until her passing.  Jane was proceeded in death by her husband, Jim Alexander, (mayor of Newark 1968-1971) passed in 2009.

One Clear Objective In Mind: To Provide The Highest Quality Legal Services- by DOUGLAS E. SASSEN, Director of Law, City of Newark Ohio –

Posted on: February 7th, 2018 by

One Clear Objective In Mind: To Provide The Highest Quality Legal Services- by DOUGLAS E. SASSEN, Director of Law, City of Newark Ohio -

In January, 2006, I assumed the role of Law Director for the City of Newark with one clear objective in mind: to provide the highest quality legal services on behalf of the citizens of Newark in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.  Immediate changes in the structure of the office reduced the size of the legal staff and reduced the burden of our office on the city’s general fund.  Since then, we have continued to provide this high level of service while holding fast to our commitment to cost effective operation.  We succeed in achieving this objective thanks to the dedication and hard work of our four assistant law director’s, four administrative support staff, and two victim/witness advocates. Today, the Law Director’s Office, as a part of our statutory mandate, provides criminal prosecution and appellate advocacy services for all misdemeanors occurring within the City of Newark and the unincorporated areas of the county.  Over the years, we have contracted with the cities of Heath, Pataskala, and Reynoldsburg, as well as the village of Granville to provide such services for a fee, further reducing our demand on Newark’s general fund budget.  At the same time, we provide a full range of legal services for the city administration, all departments, and Newark City Council, including the drafting and review of all contracts, preparation of ordinances and resolutions, and consultation regarding all legislative issues and procedures.  An important function of our office is our Victim/Witness Advocate program.  We are very proud of the services offered on behalf of all victims of crime within our jurisdiction to ensure their needs are met and their voices are heard.  Our staff is equally involved in our community outside of the office as well, serving on many boards, committees, and organizations in an effort to make Newark and Licking County a better place to live and work.


Johnstown Highlights Reviewed – By Cheryl Robertson, Johnstown Council Member

Posted on: February 7th, 2018 by


Johnstown Highlights Reviewed – By Cheryl Robertson, Johnstown Council Member


The Johnstown community proudly opened its new elementary school, this past September. The children, teachers, and community are enjoying the beautiful new facility.  In January, the new Johnstown High School will open its doors. The middle schoolers will take over the previous high school building next September.  Johnstown is working closely with the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority in the development of the Johnstown Commerce Center, which will be located off Duncan Plains, near Mink Street.  The new Mink Street interchange will allow easy access to this site.  Concerning private investments, Hopewell Federal Credit Union just opened, O’Reilly’s is under roof, and the new Troyers Marketplace is looking to open in early winter. Finally, as Western Licking County is experiencing tremendous growth in population and businesses, we must plan accordingly.  The Western Licking County Accord was established as a shared planning agreement between the City of New Albany, Jersey Township, and the Village of Johnstown, to help prepare us for the many changes growth will bring along with coordinated planning efforts across the jurisdictional boundaries.   Johnstown Village Council will vote on the proposal in early 2018.