BASCOM, Ohio – John Adams, a fourth-generation family business owner from Sidney, officially announced his candidacy Friday night for Ohio Secretary of State in front of a packed ballroom at Meadowbrook Park. Adams has also served as a Navy SEAL and Ohio State Representative.
“Everyone in this room can walk in and vote with an electric bill. That is not voter I.D. to me. I want to see a card with your picture on it, with a physical body holding it and a signature. That’s voter I.D.,” said Adams during his announcement.
The statement was met with loud cheers and applause.
“Only one entity can cancel or change the date of an election and that is the state legislature. Our current Secretary of State canceled an election last year that he did not have the statutory or legal authority to do. He broke the highest law in Ohio, which is the Ohio Constitution.”
Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) will run again for the top election official post in Ohio. LaRose took office in January 2019, a term that expires in January 2023. He will have to get by Adams in the May ’22 Republican primary to earn a spot in the general election.
“Mark Zuckerberg spent $400 million across this nation to influence an election. Forty-four counties in Ohio spent Zuckerbucks in that election. As your Secretary of State, no outside dollars will ever be spent in elections.”
Adams served eight years in the Ohio Statehouse as Majority Floor Leader and Majority Whip, four under Governor Ted Strickland (D) and four under Governor John Kasich (R).
During his stint in the Statehouse, he “passed the Founding Fathers Bill,” which requires students to study America’s founding documents. Adams asked the crowd: “Doesn’t everyone in this room want their children to understand how this country was founded?”
During his speech, Adams explained how he worked to shut down a late-term abortion clinic: “I inserted language into the budget bill because I didn’t want to ruin it through the committee process. What that language did was shut down Dr. Haskill’s abortion clinic in Sharonville, Ohio. Only to have it reversed later by Amy Acton under the DeWine administration. Go figure.” Dr. Amy Acton is the former Ohio Department of Health Director.
In 2016 Adams ran for the Ohio Senate where he was bested in the primary by current President Matt Huffman (R-District 12).
“I ran for state senate. I lost that race to Matt Huffman, but if it wasn’t for losing that race, I would not be standing before you today. I would have been in Columbus, not back home moving a business, starting a new business, and [having] my two sons being in the business with me. For that reason, I stand before you today and I announce my candidacy to run for Secretary of State in the May primary.”
In an exclusive interview with The Ohio Press Network (OPN) Adams was asked if he believes other Republican candidates will enter the race. “No,” he said, “nobody is crazy enough to run against an incumbent.” He said his challenger has a lot of backing, however, “a lot dislike him on the political and voter side. I’m amazed on the political side how many dislike him.”
When asked why Adams responded: “Arrogance. He seems to believe he’s above the law. The first example is when he first ran for public office, the Ohio Senate, he double-dipped on the public by holding two public jobs at the same time. He was [economic] development director for Brecksville, where his dad’s business is located, getting $40,000 to $50,000 from the city.”
“The second example, LaRose did not have the legal right to cancel the 2020 primary election.”
During his announcement, Adams discussed a controversy that surfaced last month that revealed LaRose was a board member of Kids Voting Ohio, a group that uses unobjectionable language to cover the delivery of radical left-wing activist materials to teachers and parents, such as author Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist, and a video on "white rage,” according to Washington Free Beacon. Per the report, Larose was on the board when the materials were approved.
“I kind of like Frank. He’s the gift that keeps giving. And I say that because he partnered with anti-racist education group Kids Voting Ohio. LaRose cut ties with Kids Voting. Please. He was on the board of a program that taught kids Critical Race Theory. It’s no longer on his website. It’s no longer on their website. He’s no longer a board member. But that’s his thinking, he just got caught.”
Adams said this about the 2020 elections: "We got robbed. Everybody knows it. The left knows it, the judges know it, everybody knows it. There is little confidence in our electoral system regardless of what the politicians proclaim."
LaRose says 2020 was the cleanest election in Ohio history, labeling questions about election integrity “conspiracy theories.”
The ex-Navy special forces contender closed his talk with quotes from Zubi, a conservative rapper who recently said to attendees of a Young America's Foundation conference Adams’s daughter attended:
“ ‘If you keep people comfortable enough, they will not revolt. You can keep people docile as you strip them of their rights by giving them money, food and entertainment.’ Does that sound familiar? He continues: ‘Comfort is a cage. Most people will seek the path of least resistance. If you want a fulfilling life, take the path of greater resistance.’ “
LaRose graduated from The Ohio State University, served in the U.S. Army as a non-commissioned officer – where he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class – and represented District 27 in the Ohio Senate from 2011 to 2018.
Friday night’s event was conducted by the Seneca County Republican Party. U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA-14) was the keynote speaker. U.S. Senate candidates Mike Gibbons, Josh Mandel, Bernie Moreno, Neil Patel and Mark Pukita stumped, along with U.S. Congressional District 9 candidate JR Majewski and candidate for Ohio Governor, Joe Blystone.