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Chairperson Gibbs Introduces Former Sheriff John Lenhart


Chairperson Gibbs Introduces Former Sheriff John Lenhart

 GIBBS REMARKS

September 15, 2011

SHELBY COUNTY COURT SQUARE

3:00 PM

 GOOD AFTERNOON.  WELCOME TO THE MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA, INVITED GUESTS AND THE ELECTED OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS LEADERS BEHIND ME.

MY NAME IS CHRISTOPHER GIBBS, CHAIRPERSON OF THE SHELBY COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY.  THANK YOU ALL FOR ATTENDING ON THIS CRISP AFTERNOON.

 STANDING WITH ME TODAY ARE COMMISSIONERS JULIE EHEMANN, JACK TOOMEY AND LARRY KLEINHANS, AUDITOR DENNY YORK, CLERK OF COURTS MICHELE MUMFORD, TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE TED ZIMPHER, COUNCILMAN TERRY PELLMAN, MAYOR PHIL EHILERMAN, BUSINESSMAN JOHN SARGEANT, AGRI BUSINESS LEADER ROBINSON JOSLIN, AND RETIRED MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE DON LUCE. THANKS TO ALL THESE LEADERS FOR SHARING THE STAGE WITH ME THIS AFTERNOON.

 I BELIEVE THIS TO BE A SPECIAL DAY.  A SPECIAL DAY NOT ONLY FOR OUR PARTY, BUT PARTICULARLY - AND MOST IMPORTANTLY - FOR THE CITIZENS OF SHELBY COUNTY.   FOR FAR TOO LONG OUR RESIDENTS AND NEIGHBORS HAVE ENDURED DERISION AND UNCERTAINLY FROM PUBLIC SCHOOL DEBATES TO THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM, FROM THE ELECTION PROCESS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.  ADD THE CRUEL EFFECTS OF A DEEP RECESSION AND YOU’RE LEFT WITH BOTH A CITIZENRY AND A BUSINESS COMMUNITY WANTING FOR STABILITY – LOOKING FOR CONSISTENCY -AND SOMETHING – SOMEONE THEY CAN DEPEND ON AND TRUST.

 TODAY - THIS PARTY - THESE QUALITY POLITICAL AND BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN BEHIND ME, ARE PREPARED TO OFFER THAT PERSON FOR SERVICE TO SHELBY COUNTY WITH OUR FULL, UNWAVERING, UNEQUIVOCAL AND UNMATCHED SUPPORT.  THE SHELBY COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY’S TENANTS ARE SIMPLE.  THOSE ARE CONSERVATIVE VALUES, RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE, THE DEMONSTRATION OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, A BELIEF IN A STRONG NATIONAL AND LOCAL DEFENSE, THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS - AND, ARGUABLY THE MOST IMPORTANTLY TODAY - THE DEMONSTRATION OF - AND THE TAKING OF - PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ONES ACTIONS.

 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TODAY I AM PROUD TO INTRODUCE TO YOU AN INDIVIDUAL WHO EMBRACES EACH OF THOSE CONSERVATIVE VALUES.

 THIS INDIVIDUAL HAS SERVED HIS COUNTY, HIS STATE AND HIS NATION FOR ALL OF HIS ADULT LIFE.  AFTER SERVICE IN THE US ARMY-OHIO NATIONAL GUARD AND TWO YEARS AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, HE GRADUATED FROM THE FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA.  AFTER A SHORT STINT – JUST 25 YEARS WITH THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE INCLUDING 5 ELECTED TERMS AS SHERIFF, HE SERVED AS SUPERINTENDENT OF THE OHIO BUREAU OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND AS ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DIRECTOR OF LAW ENFORCEMENT UNDER TWO OHIO ATTORNEY GENERALS. 

IN 2006 HE WAS ELECTED TO HIS COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT BOARD – DEMONSTRATING A PASSION FOR HIS LOCAL LAND AND WATER RESOURCES.  BUT OF COURSE NOTHING COMPARES TO THE CHALLENGES AND REWARDS HE EXPERIENCES DAILY MANAGING HIS HOME FARM OF 1000 ACRES OF CORN, SOYBEANS, WHEAT AND VEGETABLES. 

 HE AND HIS WIFE SHARON AND DAUGHTER REBECCA LIVE IN JACKSON CENTER OHIO.  HIS SON SHAWN LIVES IN CINCINNATI WHILE HIS DAUGHTER AMY AND HIS 4 GRANDCHILDREN LIVE IN COLUMBUS.

 WILL YOU PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PODIUM - TO MAKE A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT, MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, MR. JOHN LENHART.

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