Local Races 2016

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It would be impossible to research every local race in the state of Ohio. But there are some contests which pique our interest, some because they are between pro-Second Amendment candidates and out-and-out anti-gunners, and others because we wish to support candidates in positions that could one day lead them to the Statehouse, Governor's mansion, or Supreme Court bench.

According to our candidate selection criterion, to be considered for grading and/or endorsement in a general election, the candidate individually must show that they have run for public office before and received at least 10% of the votes cast in that race, or the party the candidate is running to represent must have received at least 10% of the vote in a statewide general election race in the past three cycles.

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NOTE: When we have a candidate survey, but no other information to go on, the highest grade a non-incumbent or an incumbent with no votes on our issue can earn is Aq.


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The following Buckeye Firearms Association PAC grades and endorsements are for the 2016 general election:

District/ County Office Name/Party BFA-PAC Grade BFA-PAC Endorsement
Brown Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman (R) ENDORSED WIN!
Butler Sheriff Richard Jones (R) ENDORSED WIN!
Fulton Sheriff Roy Miller (R) ENDORSED WIN!
Greene Sheriff Gene Fischer (R) ENDORSED WIN!
Greene Treasurer Richard Gould (R) ENDORSED WIN!
Hamilton Sheriff Jim Neil (D) ENDORSED WIN!
Licking Sheriff Randy Thorp (R) ENDORSED WIN!
Ross Commissioner Phil Gray (I) A ENDORSED
Summit County Council, 5th District John Sans (R) Aq ENDORSED
Wayne Sheriff Travis Hutchinson (R) ENDORSED WIN!
4th District Court of Appeals Matthew McFarland (R) ENDORSED WIN!
5th District Court of Appeals Craig Baldwin (R) ENDORSED WIN!
5th District Court of Appeals David Gormley (R) ENDORSED
5th District Court of Appeals Earle Wise Jr. (D) Win
5th District State Board of Education Lisa Woods (R) A ENDORSED WIN!
8th District State Board of Education Craig Brown (D) Aq ENDORSED

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