July 1, 2016

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GOP’s Mitt Romney to stump in Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will appear at an 11:15 a.m. rally today, thrilling area GOP leaders.

Anyone wishing to see Romney today at Avon Lake High School, 175 Avon Belden Road, should have tickets with them.

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David Arredondo, Lorain County Republican Party co-chairman, said Sunday night he thought tickets could still be obtained online at avonlakerally.eventbrite.com. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. with the event scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.

The visit takes place eight days from the presidential election as Romney and President Barack Obama run neck-and-neck in national polls.

It will be Romney’s third visit this year to Lorain and Medina counties. On April 19, the GOP challenger was at the shuttered National Gypsum plant in Lorain, saying the president’s economic policies have failed the 58 former workers at the Lorain drywall plant. Obama visited the plant in February 2008 during the Democratic primary that year.

Romney was in Medina County on Father’s Day, June 17, appearing at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick.

Romney’s visit to Avon Lake comes on the heels of a visit Friday by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, to the Romney headquarters at Learwood Square in Avon Lake.

“We are very excited,” Arredondo said.

Avon Lake Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch, co-chairwoman of Romney’s campaign in Lorain County, said volunteers have been spending hours and hours knocking on more doors.

She said Romney supporters were energized by the Portman visit Friday and look forward to hearing more from the candidate himself.

“He is a true leader,” Fenderbosch said of Romney. “He’s a businessman who’s going to support small business as well as big business — the economy is what it’s all about.”

She cautioned those attending the rally to carry as little as possible. No bags, liquids, sharp objects, umbrellas or signs will be permitted, but cameras will be allowed.

Avon Lake School Superintendent Robert Scott said school will be held as usual today.

“Our high school kids will be able to come and listen,” Scott said. “(The campaign) wanted it as normal as possible.

“They realize it’s a real opportunity for our kids to be part of the process,” Scott said.

Romney’s campaign announced the candidate was canceling three events in Virginia today because of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

Instead, Romney was joining vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan today for the last day of a two-day, 400-mile bus tour through small towns in Ohio.

At one stop Saturday, Ryan told a gathering in Yellow Springs that Ohioans are “in the epicenter of this thing” and “may well determine the direction of this country.”

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.