Josh Mandel Announces Faith Outreach Team
Mandel Campaign Continues to Build on Strong Grassroots Support
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Today, Ohio Treasurer and U.S. Senate Candidate Josh Mandel unveiled the latest addition to his grassroots team by announcing his Faith Outreach Team for the upcoming 2018 election.
The first policy goal of the Faith Outreach Team is the repeal of the federal “Johnson Amendment”. This piece of overreaching federal legislation, passed in 1954, regulates the free speech of religious organizations, churches and pastors. President Trump has spoken in favor of repealing the Johnson Amendment.
Ric Bowser will lead the Mandel Faith Outreach Team as the State Chairman. As Chairman for the faith-based initiative for Josh Mandel’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, Ric shares with Josh the core values of faith and family. Ric, an Anglican priest, and his wife Val, worship at St. Augustine’s in Westerville, Ohio. He has three married children and eleven grandchildren and is a pastoral counselor.
Bowser has recruited faith leaders and pastors to serve as deputy-chairs in 6 regions: Central, East, Northeast, Northwest, South and Southwest. These chairs will be responsible for recruiting faith outreach chairs throughout the state and coordinating the campaign’s outreach in the faith community.
“With Ric’s leadership, we will succeed in uniting social and constitutional conservatives around Ohio,” said Mandel. “Ric recognizes the importance of letting values inform one’s life, career, and vote. I can think of no better leader to head this initiative and help us fight to restore our God given freedoms. I am proud to have Ric and Val on our team as we fight to take Ohio values to Washington.”
“The nation is at a cultural crossroads on the decision to protect religious liberty and our constitutional rights. Josh is the leader our state needs for these times; I know no other statewide leader that has been so outspoken on defending the 1st Amendment from the incursion of government,” said Bowser. “Our goal is to unite social and constitutional conservatives across the state to rally around Josh. Josh knows that the first amendment protects the government from meddling in the religious practice of individuals, and he understands that Christians are Christians every day of the week, not just on Sundays. Josh is the leader we need fighting in the Senate to protect religious liberty, our constitutional rights, and help permanently repeal the Johnson Amendment.”
Bob Ostrander, Central Ohio Deputy Chair, Franklin County
Robert Ostrander, CFP, has been engaged in financial planning over multiple decades. In addition, he has been an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. The author of seven books, his professional experience includes advice to businesses, ministries, and individuals. Ostrander has participated on the boards of several public companies as well as consulting multiple start-ups. In addition, he has been featured in numerous publications, television shows, and radio interviews. Bob is formally endorsing Josh Mandel in his race for the U.S. Senate given his stance on strong families, commitment to life as well as limited government and opposition to crony capitalism.
Ed Novak, Eastern Ohio Deputy Chair, Perry County
Ed Novak is a Christian businessman living at Buckeye Lake in Perry County. Ed has worked with the church community throughout the United States for over 25 years. As a Christian business man, Ed founded a ticketing and event promotion company focused on family friendly events, centered around Judeo-Christian values. Ed and his wife Cindy are members of Genoa Baptist Church.
Diane Stover, Northeast Ohio Deputy Chair, Cuyahoga County
Diane Stover, and her husband John, founded NE Ohio Values Voters after working on Ken Blackwell’s campaign for Ohio Governor in 2006. She is retired as an IT/Security Risk Management professional and lives in Parma, Ohio. Diane serves on the boards of Cleveland Right to Life and the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio. She is a mother and grandmother and active in her church where she leads a women’s support and prayer ministry.
Pastor Gary Click, Northwest Ohio Deputy Co-Chair, Sandusky County
Gary Click serves as the pastor of Fremont Baptist Temple of Fremont, Ohio and serve as the national legislative director for the Buckeye Christian School Organization. He also serves on the Ohio Republican State Central Committee representing the 26th District. He and his wife, Nanette, have been married for 28 years and are the proud parents of four boys ranging in ages from 14-27 and the grandparents of two little girls. They reside in Sandusky County, Ohio.
Pastor John Thybault, Northwest Ohio Deputy Co-Chair, Lucas County
John Thybault, also known as, “Pastor T.” is a husband, father, stepfather, and grandfather. He has been serving in full time Christian ministry since 1983. Pastor T is currently serving as the Senior Pastor of Garden Park Christian Church in Monclova, Ohio where he has been since 2010. God, family and nation are his top three passions, priorities and pursuits. Born in Michigan, John graduated from Central Michigan University in 1980, going on to seminary and acquiring a Master’s degree in Christian Counseling in 1990.
Pastor Tim Throckmorton, Southern Ohio Deputy Chair, Scioto County
Tim Throckmorton is the Lead Pastor of Crossroads Church in Circleville, Ohio. After working in retail management for 20 years he received God’s call to full time ministry in 1996. He serves on various ministry and civic boards including the Facility Governing Board of Star Community Justice Center and the Board of Directors of Citizens for Community Values Ohio’s Family Policy Council. Pastor Tim writes a weekly column for several newspapers in the Tri-state region and is published in Ohio and nationally in various magazines such as Our Daily Bread and the Washington Times. He is the former host of Daystar’s Tri State Celebration, as well as working in Christian Radio for 10 years. Tim has published three books and one DVD project on America’s Godly Heritage. Tim and his wife Terri have been blessed with 2 wonderful children and 2 incredible grandchildren.
Matt Byrne, Southwest Ohio Deputy Chair, Hamilton County
Matthew R. Byrne is a husband and father of three children. He is an attorney who practices employment law at a national law firm in Cincinnati. Matt is active in his Catholic parish, where he serves as a reader and as president of the parish school’s Education Commission. He is also a member of the St. Thomas More Society of Greater Cincinnati, is a former two-time chair of the Red Mass Committee, and serves on the advisory board of a pro-life pregnancy center. Prior to attending law school Matt served as a staffer in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel under President George W. Bush.