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Chaos erupts at Lucas Co. Republican meeting

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Screaming matches between members of the public and registered Republicans took center stage at Wednesday night's Lucas County Republican Party Central Committee meeting.  Armed security and off-duty officers escorted dozens out who refused to be silenced.

The goal was to elect several positions including the central committee chairman.  Protestors called the election illegal, claiming some positions were voted on in bulk instead of one by one.
    
Despite the disagreements, incumbent Jon Stainbrook took the seat for the sixth year in a row.

"I'm here to talk about my leadership with the Lucas County Republican party," Stainbrook responded when asked about his removal from the Lucas Co. Board of Elections. "I'm very grateful, I'm glad I was reelected, and I'm very happy with that."

His opponent, business owner Bill Delaney, called the results disappointing.

"I want honesty back, and integrity back. And the biggest one is honesty because I think we've been cheated," says Delaney.

Protesters called the vote a mockery of democracy, but Stainbrook says he's ready to gear up for another term.  Stainbrook says the next step for the committee is to focus on the Lucas County Board of Elections.  They will have to hold an executive meeting later this month to talk about filling those vacancies.

"I enjoy the good support of the central committee and I feel like the luckiest man in the world."
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