Hancock-Hardin County GOP Get-Out-The-Vote Bus Tour Announced

Local Republican Candidates Make Final Campaign Push to Connect with Voters

Local Republican candidates and volunteers will participate in a Hancock-Hardin County Republican Get-Out-The-Vote Bus Tour scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd.

Republican State Representative Candidate Jon Cross will join local Republican candidates and volunteers for the “Connecting with Communities” tour, kicking off with a breakfast at the Midway Diner in Kenton, Ohio at 8:00 AM.

After the breakfast kickoff in Kenton, the tour will travel to Ada for Coffee at COSI with ONU College Republicans at 9:00, Arlington at 10:30AM, Findlay for Lunch at Wilson’s Hamburgers at 12:00 Noon, Van Buren at 1:30PM, Arcadia for Coffee at Kathy’s Korner Restaurant at 2:15PM, Vanlue for Coffee at Wildcat Cafe at 3:00PM, Dunkirk/Forest at 4:30PM and Alger for Pizza at 235 Grill at 6:00PM.

Candidates joining the tour throughout the day will include U.S. Congressman Bob Latta, State Senator Rob McColley, Jon Cross candidate for State Representative,  Hancock County Commissioner Tim Bechtol, and Tim Striker candidate for Hardin County Commissioner.  Community members are invited to meet with candidates while the tour stops in their community.  Volunteers will also be going door-to-door during the tour to promote Republican candidates running for local, state and federal positions.

Bus Tour Schedule
  • 8:00 AM | Kenton | Breakfast at Midway Diner
  • 9:00 AM | Ada | Coffee at COSI (with ONU College Republicans)
  • 10:30 AM | Arlington
  • 12:00 PM | Findlay | Lunch at Wilson’s Sandwich Shop
  • 1:30 PM | Van Buren
  • 2:15 PM | Arcadia | Coffee at Kathy’s Korner Restaurant
  • 3:00 PM | Vanlue | Coffee at Wildcat Café
  • 3:45 PM | Mt. Blanchard
  • 4:30 PM | Dunkirk/Forest
  • 6:00 PM | Alger | Pizza at 235 Grill
  • 7:00 PM | Return to Kenton

Cross Receives Chamber and Ag Endorsements

Kenton – Republican State Representative Candidate Jon Cross received two additional endorsements in support of his candidacy for the 83rd Ohio House district.   At the Annual Hardin County Farm Bureau Dinner Meeting, board members presented Cross with the Ohio Farm Bureau AGGPAC-Friends of Agriculture Award as the farm-friendly candidate for the 83rd district.

In addition, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce PAC has endorsed Cross as the candidate of choice who will champion free enterprise and pro-growth policies for the benefit of Ohioans.  Cross, who serves as the president/CEO and economic development director of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance has made it a focus of his campaign to help make Ohio a better business-friendly state.

Cross has recently been endorsed by the Ohio Right to Life PAC, the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, Buckeye Firearms Association, Ohioans for Concealed Carry and received an A-Rating from the National Rifle Association.

Jon Cross Endorsed by Pro-2nd Amendment Groups

Kenton – Today, the Jon Cross for State Representative campaign announced that Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans for Concealed Carry endorsed conservative Jon Cross as the candidate of choice for the 83rd Ohio House race in the upcoming Republican Primary Election.

Cross also received an A Rating from the NRA-National Rifle Association of America-PVF.

“Jon Cross has the passion and courage to stand up to the special interests and defend our rights and freedoms as Americans, including our 2nd Amendment right to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” said Jim Irvine, Board President of Buckeye Firearms Association. 

“As a principled conservative candidate, I will faithfully protect and defend our 2nd Amendment rights. I am honored to have received these endorsements and strong rating from the NRA-PVF.  I strongly support Ohioans rights to hunt, concealed carry and protect their homes and families,” said Jon Cross. 

Cross Addressed Swamp-Style Campaign by Opponent

(Press Release) KENTON –  Today, Conservative State Representative Candidate Jon Cross held a press conference and called for his opponent, Cheryl Buckland to put an end to the untruthful, negative attack ads, dirty tricks and potential criminal activity.

Yesterday, Cross caught his opponent’s husband trespassing on a supporter’s farm property and tampering with one of his large campaign signs.  After being spotted,  Buckland’s husband stopped his activity and quickly left the premises.  Photos and a witness statement have been turned over to the Hancock County Sheriff’s office for investigation.
“I started my campaign for State Representative because I’m a Conservative, and I want to change the culture in Columbus,” Cross said.  “I want to pass conservative policies that defend life, defend the 2nd amendment, are pro-law enforcement, pro-business and pro-family.  I always knew that the establishment would do anything to defeat true conservatives running for office, and sadly, that has come true in the 83rd district race.”
That kind of dirty politicking is nothing new for Cheryl Buckland and those supporting her.  Buckland’s campaign is being run by OHROC, Ohio House Republican Organizational campaign committee and endorsed by the Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.  According to recent news reports he is apparently under FBI investigation for corruption and potential pay to play allegations. Speaker Rosenberger and his dark money allies are spending thousands of dollars on false advertisements about Jon Cross and other conservative candidates across Ohio. 
“Today I’m calling on Cheryl Buckland to repudiate these untruthful ads and denounce her support of Speaker Rosenberger and his allies. She needs to call on them to end the dirty politics and the pay to play in Columbus.  She needs to call on them to come clean about what’s going on.  Cheryl Buckland needs to stop hiding on the issues,” Cross said.

“I’m proud to be born and raised here, proud to raise my family here, and proud that my campaign is being run and supported by people of the 83rd district, not the Columbus swamp.  I am strongly pro-life, strongly pro 2nd amendment, the only candidate to be endorsed by conservative organizations like the Ohio Right Life, Ohio Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans For Concealed Carry.  Those are the facts that voters should know about me,” Cross said.

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County Sheriff’s Endorse Jon Cross

Kenton, OH – The Jon Cross for State Representative campaign received a major endorsement today, as the three county sheriff’s of Hancock, Hardin and Logan counties support and endorse Cross’ campaign for the 83rd Ohio House race in the upcoming May 8th Republican Primary Election.

Hancock County Sheriff Michael E. Heldman, Hardin County Sheriff Keith A. Everhart and Logan County Sheriff Randall J. Dodds provided their personal support within a video endorsement that was released by the campaign.

“The three of us have met with Jon and appreciate his ability to listen, learn and build partnerships to help law enforcement fight crime, end Ohio’s drug epidemic and make our communities safer,” said Sheriff Heldman.

“We believe Jon is the candidate of choice for this election, as we need a strong leader and voice in Columbus who will have our backs and fight for resources that help us do our job,” said Sheriff Dodds.

“Jon understands that in order to have a vibrant and healthy local economy, with good paying jobs, you must have reliable local law enforcement services to make our community stronger,” said Sheriff Everhart.

“I’m incredibly honored to have the support from our county’s top law enforcement leaders, and have the upmost respect for the men and women who protect us,” said Cross. “Securing our schools and communities, rejecting sanctuary cities and preventing drug use and abuse is a top priority of mine to keep the 83rd district safer, stronger and open for business.”

Cross has also been previously endorsed by several local elected officials, as well as business, education and agricultural leaders. For more information about the campaign and previous endorsements, please visit www.votejoncross.com.


Cross Files as Candidate for State Representative

Findlay, OH – Today, Republican candidate Jon Cross announced that he has officially filed to run for State Representative in the 83rd State House district.  As a sign of the strength and support for his campaign, Cross turned in his declaration of candidacy petitions at the Hancock County Board of Elections office, and is the first candidate to file for the office.  

“I am passionate about representing the people and communities of Hancock, Hardin and Logan counties and making Ohio safer, stronger and open for business,” said Cross. “Our momentum, endorsements and support of voters signals it’s time for fresh, new leadership at the Statehouse in Columbus.  I’ll continue to work tirelessly, as I’ve done on this campaign, to champion our hometown communities in Northwest Ohio.”

Since launching his campaign in early 2017, Jon has assembled a well-respected campaign committee with 80 co-chairs. To-date, the campaign team has hosted 30 meet-and-greet events, knocked doors on 3,000 homes, and made 7,000 phone calls to introduce Cross’ candidacy to the voters of the 83rd district.  

The campaign continues to build momentum with additional fundraising support and local endorsements of elected officials, community and business leaders.

Jon Cross is married to his wife and best friend, Christina Cross.  They are loving parents of their two young boys Carson and Connor.  Cross is a passionate economic development professional, serving as the President/CEO and economic development director of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance.  He is a principled conservative leader who will protect family values, is a strong pro-life candidate and supporter of the 2nd Amendment Rights.  

As part of Cross’ campaign platform to make Ohio safer, stronger and open for business, he will help advance legislative efforts for Ohio to become one of America’s top business friendly states, which results in championing small business growth, advancing workforce solutions, strengthening local communities, supporting current and future farmers and fighting to end Ohio’s drug epidemic.

Campaign Announces Campaign Rally & Bus Tours

(Press Release) Kenton, OH – the Jon Cross for State Representative campaign will hold a fall campaign rally, followed by a bus tour to campaign in Hancock and Hardin counties on Saturday, September 23rd starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Kenton Kroger’s parking lot (E. Columbus Street).

The public is invited to attend the morning rally, as Republican candidate Jon Cross will be announcing endorsements from Hardin County leaders in support of his primary candidacy for State Representative.

These personal endorsements will come from county leaders Brice Beaman, Randy Rogers, Roger Crowe and Keith Everhart, as well as local mayors Dave Retterer, Randy Manns, Tom Seem, Mike Trout and Kevin Howland.

“I am grateful for the support of our local elected leaders who believe in my passionate and principled conservative leadership abilities to make Ohio safer, stronger and open for business,” said Jon Cross.

“Our campaign team is looking forward this Saturday’s “Connecting with Communities” tour to continue knocking on doors and meeting with voters of the 83rd district, and I welcome more volunteers to help us.”

Following the brief rally and press conference, the Cross campaign team will depart at 8:30 a.m. to travel to Ada, Arlington, Mt. Blanchard and Vanlue, Ohio.

Additional bus tours have also been announced for Saturday, October 14th and Saturday, November 4th.

If volunteers would like to participate with any of the three tours, please contact campaign chairman Matt Jennings at matt@votejoncross.com.

For more information about Jon Cross and his campaign for State Representative, please visit www.votejoncross.com.

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Cross Campaign Raises Over $78,000 From Supporters

(Press Release) Kenton, OH – the Friends of Jon Cross committee announces that the campaign has raised over $78,000 from supporters backing Jon’s candidacy for State Representative of the 83rd Ohio House district.

The committee filed its 2017 semiannual campaign finance report with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, in which $69,309 was raised with no debt or loans between January 1st through June 30th of this year.

A previous local campaign finance report was filed in 2016, in which the campaign raised an additional $8,707, making the combined fundraising total to-date $78,016.90.

“Jon is grateful for the overwhelming level of support.  His ability to connect with many supporters and earn their vote of financial confidence reinforces his formidable candidacy.  Raising $78,000 is a record setting pace for the 83rd district this early in the 2018 election cycle and that signals voters are ready for new leadership with fresh ideas,” said campaign chairman Matt Jennings.

The campaign also continues to gain momentum with endorsements and grassroots support as well.  In addition to the strong amount of donors, the campaign committee has increased in size to over 80 community leaders from Hancock, Hardin and Logan counties. This includes the recent addition of local farmer and small business owner Andy McBride to serve as an additional co-chair for Hardin County.

Last month, the campaign announced its county leadership team, which included Cheryl Blakely and Edward Ingold co-chairs for Hancock County; Charles VanDyne, Rosalie Elliott, along with Andy McBrice co-chairs for Hardin County; and Doug & LIbby Zimmerman and Mark & Joan Haushalter co-chairs for Logan County.  Additional endorsement announcements will be forthcoming.

For more information about Jon Cross and his campaign for State Representative, please visit www.votejoncross.com.


Jon Cross Announces Campaign For State Representative

(Press Release) Kenton, OH – Jon Cross, president/CEO and economic development director of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, has officially announced his campaign to run for State Representative of the 83rd Ohio House District for the Republican Primary in 2018.   The district includes Hancock County, Hardin County and portions of Logan County.

“With the support and encouragement of family and friends, I am excited to kickoff my campaign for State Representative as a conservative business leader with proud, passionate and principled leadership values.”

“I am running to serve the people and communities in Hancock, Hardin and Logan counties by supporting a pro-business environment and strengthening community, education and business partnerships to champion new growth and job creation for the 83rd district.”

Cross believes in effective public service and stands behind the principles of the Republican Party.  His campaign platform will include strategic business principles regarding small business growth, business and education collaboration, local infrastructure improvements, agribusiness innovation and entrepreneurship, and drug prevention and rehabilitation efforts as a smart growth plan to make Ohio competitive for the success of our hometown communities.

The decision to enter the race comes after State Representative Robert Sprague announced his campaign to run for statewide office in 2018.

“Representative Sprague has served the district well, and I am proud to support his campaign become the next Ohio Treasurer.”

Cross launched his campaign with an announcement video on social media and will host a campaign kick-off party tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Table One Restaurant in downtown Kenton.  The campaign launch also includes meet-and-greet events in Logan County on March 22nd, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at PeachTree Boutique in downtown Bellefontaine, and Findlay/Hancock County on March 28th, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Logan’s Irish Pub in downtown Findlay.

The campaign recently filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State to form the Friends of Jon Cross Committee. The committee has over 50 members representing various industries, communities and generations throughout the district.  Mathew Jennings, CEO of Quest Federal Credit Union will serve as campaign chairman.  Findlay resident, Sheryl Haushalter Sopher, president of Robinson Fin Machines, will serve as campaign treasurer.  Nathan Brooks of Brooks Tax Office will serve as deputy treasurer, and attorney Thomas Roof will serve as fundraising chair.

Cross is a native of Hardin County and has enjoyed the opportunity to work with talented people, diverse industries and communities of all sizes throughout the United States.  His career pathway has allowed Cross to obtain a vast amount of public and private sector work experience in business, commercial/industrial development and economic development, as well as supporting Republican candidates and conservative causes at the local, state and national levels.

A supporter of public schools, Cross graduated from Kenton High School and The Ohio State University.  He is a member of the Young Professionals Alliance, Hardin County Ambassadors, Elks Lodge #157, Rotary International, Ohio State Alumni Association, and Ohio Farm Bureau.

Jon is married to his wife and best friend Christina Cross.  She is a practicing business attorney and educator, teaching the University of Findlay’s College Credit Plus courses in American Politics and Government at Kenton High School.  They are loving parents of their two young boys, Carson and Connor, and are members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

To learn more about Jon Cross, and ways to support his campaign, please visit www.votejoncross.com.