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GOP Ralley set for Saturday in Ohio

Sep. 29, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A rally is planned at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds to support the Republican presidential and congressional candidates and talk about how the federal Environmental Protection Agency is impacting the coal industry.

About 100 people involved in the coal industry, from coal miners to coal mine owners, also are expected to participate in the rally. In addition, Republican supporters will be knocking on doors around Lawrence County earlier in the day, providing applications for absentee ballots to eligible voters and urging undecided voters to vote Republican in the Nov. 6 election, said Bob Meng, Southern Ohio field coordinator for John Mandel's U.S. Senate campaign.

"We'll be at the fairgrounds at 9:30 a.m. and then knocking on doors and talking to voters," Meng said Thursday.

Sandy Joseph of Rome Township, a local volunteer and a registered Republican, said a caravan of workers and owners in the coal industry will be attending a rally in Charleston before heading down Interstate 64 to Lawrence County on Saturday. They will be protesting the energy policies of President Obama.

"We'll be going to targeted neighborhoods in South Point, Coal Grove and Ironton, among others," Joseph said.

Amy Jo Schenewark, a Rome Township area resident, who has known the Romney family for nearly 30 years, said she's been asked to give the opening prayer at the rally.

"My father gave the opening prayer at the Republican National Convention in Tampa," Schenewark said in an email to The Herald-Dispatch.

"I feel honored to represent my faith, my community and my family at such an important moment in this pivotal campaign," the mother of seven said.