Local officials praise choice of Cleveland

WARREN – Cleveland’s big win Tuesday in the GOP 2016 presidential convention sweepstakes was met with high praise from local Republicans and Democrats.

”No doubt about it,” said John Blue, first vice chairman of the Trumbull County Republican Party, who called it a ”huge win for all of Ohio.”

”It puts our state on a microscope and gives our state a chance to show the nation what we have done here to bring Ohio back … It’s a great win for our state and our next presidential candidate,” Blue said.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan said the backing from the Republican National Committee of Cleveland will ”highlight the tremendous assets” of Cleveland and all of northeast Ohio.

”The Republican National Convention means jobs, economic development and a positive focus on our region,” said Ryan of Howland.

Ryan also noted Columbus is remaining on the ”short list” of cities to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

”This is yet another reminder of just how important our great state is to the nation, and I call on the Democratic Party, for this one and only time, to follow the Republican Party’s lead and host our convention in Ohio,” Ryan said.

The Republicans’ site selection committee picked Cleveland over Dallas, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice in August. The move signals the role Ohio, always battleground territory, and its 18 electoral votes plays in presidential campaigns.

Republican 14th District U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce said Cleveland ”definitely” has what it takes to host the GOP convention and that Tuesday’s announcement is ”the first step toward showcasing Cleveland’s revitalization on the national stage in 2016.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.