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Republican Candidate For Ohio House Protests State GOP Campaign Mailer

Erik Yassenoff
Erik Yassenoff

A Republican candidate for the Ohio Legislature is protesting a mailer from the state GOP party, calling it inaccurate and not reflecting his values as a candidate.

Erik Yassenoff is competing against Democrat Allison Russo in the 24th House district, which stretches from Upper Arlington and parts of Clintonville through Hilliard and down to Grove City. The Columbus Dispatch reports the state GOP sent a mailer supporting Yassenoff that attempts to link the first-time candidate Russo to past job losses and state budget struggles.

Yassenoff sent a letter to Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken on Wednesday protesting the mailer's content, calling it inaccurate and distracting from his "positive, policy-focused campaign."

Party spokesman Blaine Kelly says "the mailer is fair and we stand by it."

Phil Robinson, Democratic candidate for the 6th District, says an identical mailer with his name on it was also sent out.