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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending July 30, 2021

Racing toward Election Day

As we approach the Special Congressional Primary Election on Tuesday, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose continues to encourage Ohioans in the 11th and 15th Congressional Districts, as well as those in municipalities with local ballot issues, to vote and make their voices heard. Early voting continues this weekend through Monday, and Ohio is one of only five states that offers Sunday voting.

In an effort to remind Ohioans that an election is underway, Secretary LaRose encouraged the media to help spread the word that our democracy is in our hands, and we should exercise our fundamental right to help shape the future of our great nation.

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Early voting hours for the Special Congressional Election on Tuesday

Celebrating the Grand Tradition of Ohio's Fairs in Shelby County

The Secretary participated in the opening ceremony of the Shelby County Fair by joining local officials in the official flag raising at Foundation Hall to kick off fair week.

Food and agribusiness contribute $124 billion to Ohio's economy, and roughly one in seven Ohioans work in agriculture or a related industry. Ohio's county fairs both celebrate our state's proud agricultural heritage as well as inspire countless young Ohioans to consider the agriculture industry as a career path.

Secretary LaRose visits the Shelby County fair

Shelby County Fair

Appreciating Ohio's Rich History

Over the weekend, the Secretary toured the remarkable Johnston Farm and Indian Agency in Piqua. Johnston Farm is one of Ohio's best kept secrets, where one can go to learn not just about life on the frontier, but about Ohio's military history, our incredible network of canals and commerce, and Ohio's rich Native American history and culture.

Johnston Farm and Indian Agency in Piqua

Johnston Farm and Indian Agency in Piqua

Advancing the Values and Virtues Instilled by the Boy Scouts of America

Earlier this week, the Secretary was honored to receive the Boy Scouts of America's Silver Beaver Award -- one of Scouting's highest honors awarded by a council-- which recognizes registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service. The Secretary is a devoted Scout advocate, remains deeply involved in Scout activities, and credits the BSA for helping to form his value system and passion for public service and civic involvement.

Secretary LaRose speaks to the Boy Scouts of America

Secretary LaRose receives the Silver Beaver Award

Important Election Dates & Reminders:

  • July 7th - August 2nd - Early voting is open
  • August 3rd: Special Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • October 4th: Deadline for voter registration for the Nov. 2 general election
  • November 2nd: General Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Secretary LaRose to Appear on Spectrum's "In Focus"

Tune in to Spectrum News 1's public affairs show "In Focus" this weekend, where Secretary LaRose will discuss Ohio's important Special Congressional Primary Elections. In Focus with Mike Kallmeyer airs on Channel 1 every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 11 p.m., and every Monday at 7 p.m.

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JJ SafeHouse Welcomes First Clients, Secretary of State

After approvals, renovations, and a pandemic, JJ SafeHouse is hosting its first group of female victims of domestic violence.

And on Wednesday, July 21, it also hosted Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State.

In 2017, JJ SafeHouse, dedicated to helping female victims of domestic violence transition to a life of independence, free from abuse, received the donation of a house in Archbold from an anonymous donor.

The JJ SafeHouse is designed to be a home for up to three women and their families, for a year to 18 months

Read more here.

Ohio's Safe at Home program helps survivors of domestic abuse shield their address from public databases and safely exercise their right to vote. Learn more about the program at

Secretary LaRose discusses Ohio's Safe at Home program

Secretary LaRose discusses Ohio's Safe at Home Program with the leadership team of the JJ SafeHouse in Archbold

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New business filings in Ohio keep breaking records

Ohioans continue to create new businesses at a torrid pace during the COVID-19 pandemic, something that does not surprise Dayton entrepreneur Tae Winston.

“People had to get creative,” said Winston, founder of The Entrepreneurs Connection in Dayton.

In May, 20,135 new businesses were created in Ohio, up 56 percent compared to May 2019, said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. This April’s new business filings surpassed a record 20,000 for the first time in the state’s history.

“With 171,000 new businesses created last year during the pandemic and almost 100,000 new businesses already created in the first five months of 2021, Ohioans continue to defy expectations and demonstrate the pioneer spirit of risk-taking and entrepreneurship that is getting our economy back on track,” LaRose said in a news release.

Read more here.

17,387 new businesses were created in June. 111,435 new businesses have been created in the first six months of 2021

If interested in interviewing Secretary LaRose, please contact
Rob Nichols at [email protected] or 330-760-7582.

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