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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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Licking County Republican Party’s Annual Potluck PICNIC Aug 2nd

Posted on: July 7th, 2018 by


LCRP Office Hours Mondays & Wednesday 10am-6pm; Tues & Thurs 9-5; Fridays 9-1.

Posted on: June 24th, 2018 by

Can you stop in to the Licking County Republican Party for even a little bit this week or next week and help make literature packets or make calls, or pick up a door to door list- Office Hours Mondays & Wednesday 10am-6pm; Tues & Thurs 9-5; Fridays 9-1.  48 N 4th St., Newark OH 43055.  740-345-0500 -



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.


Newark A Great Community in Which To Live, Work, & Raise A Family – By Jeff Hall – Mayor of Newark

Posted on: February 5th, 2018 by


Newark A Great Community in Which To Live, Work, &

Raise A FamilyBy Jeff Hall – Mayor of Newark

Newark is experiencing many positive changes, as we strive to make Newark a great community in which to live, work, and raise a family. Progress is being accomplished with the wonderful support of our citizens and community minded individuals, businesses, and organizations through various public-private partnerships.

Economic Development continues in Newark with the guidance of the Newark Department of Development along with our local Community Improvement Corporation, Newark Development Partners. The Downtown Utility Improvement and Renovation Project has motivated new business in our downtown district along with second and third floor loft apartments. This project is transitioning our downtown into an improved destination and commercial district with the recognition by many groups across the state.

A new, two-way traffic, pedestrian-friendly, bridge opened to traffic in November on State Rte 13 over State Rte 16, enhancing our gateway into downtown. With strong support from Newark Development Partners and local private donors, Newark City School’s White Field has transitioned into a beautiful, upgraded sports facility with synthetic turf for not only football, but also Soccer, Lacrosse, and Band Competition.  This past year brought great news to our community as a group purchased the Cherry Valley Lodge. The addition of an indoor event center was made possible with a creative agreement between the purchaser, City of Newark, and Explore Licking County. Projects such as the Downtown Renovation and White Field make our community shine. It’s this “shine” that attracts businesses, capital investment and jobs. A stronger community provides jobs and additional funding to the many nonprofits in our area to help citizens that need assistance.

The Newark Division of Police and the Newark Division of Fire/Emergency Medical Services continue to provide outstanding safety, customer care and life-saving services to our community. Our city park system continues to improve to provide areas for healthy, outdoor sports and activities for both children and adults. The Canal Market District and Pavilion has completed its second season, once again providing good entertainment for the community and fresh, healthy food through its Farmer’s Market. In cooperation with funding and assistance from the TJ Evans Foundation, a skate park facility will be added at Everett Park. This will provide a safe environment for skate boarders and bicyclists.  We continue to gain operating efficiencies and increased customer service through the practice of strong fiscal awareness, proper research and planning, updated logistics, and the use of new and improved technology and software.

Thank you for your wonderful support of our city. Newark is poised to have another great year in 2018 with additional growth and improvement.


WOW! What a year for Newark with more to come in 2018!!  By Don Ellington, President Newark City Council

Newark had a Great 2017.  Our Newark downtown area and the County Courthouse has been completely updated these past two years.  Many small businesses are starting to pop up in the downtown area.  Our Public/Private Farmers Park’s $2 Million Dollar partnership had a very successful 2nd year with the Tuesday/Friday Farmers Market and many other events.  Nework opened as an interactive place for business incubation and new small business growth.  The Historic Haunted Jail had a renovation/cleaning and had another successful Halloween season.  Light the Night Car Show was back with a huge event on the square.  The Midland Theater and Thirty One West (a live music & art venue) both continue to be shining stars with many big name entertainment events this past year and coming in 2018!  The Cherry Valley Lodge was purchased and is going through millions of dollars of renovation to become a large hotel/convention center for the area. Finally, Longaberger basket was purchased and the property looks to become a mixed use development with boutique hotel/ business/ restaurant components to upgrade the area.