Columbus — The Ohio Republican Party has solidified the state’s presidential electors, should Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump win in November.
The 18 individuals and extra alternates, who were picked by the Trump campaign and OK’d during state central committee meeting Sept. 9 in suburban Columbus, will cast their ballots for the billionaire businessman if he tops Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio in the general election.
The list includes state Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance), who will serve as the presidential elector for Ohio’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Ashland and Holmes counties and parts of Stark and Tuscarawas counties, among others.
Kathy Miller, a former Boardman Township trustee who is helping to coordinate Trump’s campaign efforts in Mahoning County, will represent the 13th District, which includes parts of Mahoning, Trumbull, Portage and Summit counties.
Curt Braden, a member of the Stark County Board of Elections, will represent the 16th District, which includes Wayne County and parts of Stark and Portage counties, among others.
And Marilyn Ashcraft, a Marietta woman who serves as secretary of the Ohio Republican Party, will represent the 6th District, which includes Guernsey and Noble counties and parts of Tuscarawas and Muskingum counties, among others.
The electors will gather on Dec. 19 at the Statehouse to cast their electoral college votes, if Trump wins Ohio. Democrats will name their own presidential electors to do the same thing, if Clinton wins Ohio.
The GOP electors slate was approved Sept. 9 without opposition.
The meeting included a quick appearance by Eric Trump, son of the presidential nominee, who has been in the state campaigning.
“We are going to work tirelessly to win,” he said. “We are going to be here all the time. We are going to work 24 hours a day and we are absolutely going to win this great state, I promise you that.”
He added later, “The election is going to come down to this state. I think if we win Ohio, and you can see all the polls that are coming in over the last couple days and they are absolutely incredible … if we win Ohio, I think we win the entire country, we win the election and we fix the mess that politicians have made out of Washington, D.C. That’s really my father’s true, true goal.”
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