Ohio GOP chairman seeks new term as party chief

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, who came out of retirement to end an intraparty feud, says he'll seek a new term as GOP chief to aid in the re-election of Gov. John Kasich.

GOP Chairman Bob Bennett was the longest-serving chairman in Ohio GOP history when he retired in 2009, then returned in April to replace Chairman Kevin DeWine, ousted by Kasich supporters.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday (http://bit.ly/VcE159) that Bennett will seek a new term in January, though he can't say for sure he'll serve the term's entire two years.

The 73-year-old Bennett says his chief goal is the re-election of Kasich and Ohio's four other Republican state officeholders in 2014.

Bennett made the announcement before the party's 66-member state central committee at a Columbus meeting.

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