GREENVILLE — The Darke County Republican Party named two men as its “Republican of the Year” at the party’s annual Pig Roast, held Sunday at the Darke County Fairgrounds.
Co-honored at this year’s event were Ohio Representative Jim Buchy and Greenville Councilman Tracy Tryon.
Eventgoers got to shake hands and speak with a number of Republicans campaigning for election or reelection, including U.S. Representative Warren Davidson; Ohio Representative Steve Huffman; Judge Pat DeWine, running for the Ohio Supreme Court; Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, seeking to fill Buchy’s seat; Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby; and Matt Aultman, running for a County Commission seat.
Also in attendance were State Senator Bill Beagle, not up for election in 2016; Missy May Walters, regional representative for the Donald Trump presidential campaign; and Matt Huffman Jr., campaigning on behalf of his father, Matt Huffman, who is seeking an Ohio Senate seat. Various Republican officials from across Darke County were also on hand.
Buchy and Tryon were presented with commendations from the Ohio House, Senate and Governor, and from the Darke County Board of Commissioners and the City of Greenville.
Tryon, who serves on Greenville City Council, called the award “an honor and surprise.”
“I’ve always been proud to be a Republican to this day, and I always will be. Thank you so much, what an honor,” he said.
Rep. Buchy, who is not running for reelection for the 84th District seat he’s held since 2011, and who also served as a representative from 1983 to 2000, said he was “very blessed to work for the finest people in the world.”
“I’ve always been motivated to work hard on behalf of our values, in Columbus, so we can continue to lead not only in this area, but the state can be the beacon for the rest of the country,” he said.
Following the tributes, Buchy joked, “Thanks for coming to my wake today.”
In addition to honoring Tryon and Buchy, Republican leaders also took the opportunity to encourage the GOP rank and file to campaign among their family, friends and neighbors for Republican candidates in the upcoming election November 8.
Rep. Davidson asked Republicans to pray for the country and urged them to remain “vigilant” regarding the constitution.
“The thing that’s surprising is how many times our constitution is targeted, not just officially with legislation, but certainly under the current administration from the executive branch, but just ideas that people float around, that they don’t take seriously,” he said.
Sen. Beagle issued “a call to action” for those gathered.
“Like every election, the consequences are huge,” he said. “The stakes are high in this election, all the way from the White House all the way down to our local courthouse and the commission races, and it’s vital to get out the vote.”
Buchy called the November 8 election a “big one.”
“We’re going to make a decision. Are we going to keep what was given to us in 1776 or going to the dustbin of totalitarianism? That’s how serious this is,” he said. “It’s really simple: Trump or tyranny. That’s where we are.”
Sen. Faber told the audience, “I will never do anything to help elect Hillary Clinton.”
“[The media and Clinton’s] whole campaign strategy can be summed up into this: Throw the kitchen sink at Donald Trump, make him unwatchable, and then we can win,” he explained. “She won’t talk about issues, she doesn’t want to talk about her service, or lack thereof. What she wants to talk about is how bad Donald Trump is.”
While admitting that Trump had in the past said some “disgusting things” regarding women, Faber nonetheless urged voters to select the New York businessman over his Democratic opponent.
“I will concede, that in this presidential election, we are not running St. Peter against St. Paul — we are running two imperfect people,” he said. “However, set any peccadilloes aside, Hillary Clinton has also said, and more importantly, done, some pretty disgusting things.”