The Republican National Committee’s decision to have its 2016 convention in Cleveland will not only showcase that city, but all of northeast Ohio and the entire state to the rest of the country, local politicians say.
“This will highlight the tremendous assets of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and all of northeast Ohio,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th. “The Republican National Convention means jobs, economic development, and a positive focus on our region.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced Tuesday that the party’s site selection committee recommended Cleveland as the location of the GOP’s 2016 convention contingent on successful contract negotiations and a final vote by RNC national committee members at its summer meeting Aug. 6-9 in Chicago. The committee chose Cleveland over Dallas. They were the two final cities in the running for the convention.
“What a great day for Republicans in Ohio,” said Mahoning County GOP Chairman Mark Munroe. “Ohio Republicans can be so proud of the presentation they made. This is proof once again that presidential politics will start and will finish in Ohio. We’re looking forward to it. It’s great news.”
Columbiana County Republican Chairman Dave Johnson, who’s attended the last seven GOP national conventions, added: “It’s fantastic for Ohio and northeast Ohio. It points to the significance of Ohio in national presidential campaigns. I couldn’t be happier about it.”
Mahoning County Democratic Chairman David Betras said, “It’s going to be great for northeast Ohio. Conventions come with a lot of economic activity.”
Republicans are planning the convention for late June with Quicken Loans Arena as the location for the major floor events.
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