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BIG GOP GATHERING: The Mahoning Valley McKinley Club will host its annual dinner, one of the area's largest Republican gatherings, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the McKinley Memorial Auditorium in Niles.
The keynote speaker is Justice Terrence O'Donnell of the Ohio Supreme Court. He was re-elected to a six-year term in November. Tickets are 20 each and are available by calling Mahoning County Republican headquarters at (330) 629-7006.
This is the only annual event coordinated by Republicans in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. The dinner honors the birthday of President William McKinley, the nation's 25th president, who was born Jan. 29, 1843, in Niles. The event's past speakers include governors, U.S. senators and other statewide elected Republicans.