Ohio Black Republicans Association (OBRA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the recruitment and education of African Americans in the ideals and principles espoused by the Republican Party. This includes, but is not limited to, a belief in personal responsibility, smaller government, less taxes and a strong national defense. OBRA was formed, with the encouragement of The Ohio Republican Party and Republican National Committee, in response to an increasing call for a statewide African American organization that would build upon Republican victories that cut across all levels of government in 2004. OBRA responded to the call and, on an ongoing basis, solicits and articulates the concerns, needs, aspirations and accomplishments of many African Americans, in Ohio, whose values reflect Republican philosophy. The goal being to involve a greater number of African Americans in the Republican Party and political process, for the purpose of improving socio-economic conditions in the black community and the state as a whole.
OBRA is an active and viable organization that, to date, has to its credit the following major accomplishments: 1) Adoption of Constitution and Bylaws; 2) Nonprofit Incorporation; 3) Call to Membership; 4) Election of Officers; 5) Strategic Planning; 6) Sponsorship of The Ohio Black Republican Summit '06, 7) Sponsorship of The Ohio Black Republican Forum '07, and 8) Launching of web site.
Officers are elected to two-year terms commencing on July 1 and ending on June 30.
Brenda L. Mack
(Canfield - Mahoning Co.)
Brenda was born in Salem, Ohio and currently resides in Canfield. In 1997, she started her own building and maintenance business. Services have since been expanded to several cities in OH and Western PA. Brenda is considered one of the area's leading business women and has received numerous awards at the state and local levels for her business and community involvements. She has a business degree from Harding Business College and is a motivational speaker. She currently serves as finance director for a congressional candidate, credit union and health clinic. And she has conducted fund raisers for politicians, religious and athletic organizations. This election marks Brenda's first term as an OBRA officer.
Past OBRA President's
Dwayne E. Clark, Sr., first OBRA President - 2005
Steve Cheek, OBRA President - 2005 - 2012
How to Join OBRA
Expansion of OBRA membership is a key priority and any individual who meets the following criteria may be admitted to the organization. The membership year is April 1 thru March 31. (Refer to the Membership Application for current annual dues.)
Active: Any citizen of the United States of America who is at least eighteen years of age, a resident of the state of Ohio and a registered Republican, is eligible for Active membership in the organization.
Associate: Any individual who is at least eighteen years of age, a resident of the state of Ohio and has demonstrated a public intention of becoming a registered Republican, as soon as possible, is eligible for associate membership in the organization. An Associate member has all rights and privileges of active members, except that he or she may not hold office.
Student: Any citizen of the United States of America who is at least eighteen years of age but no more than 26 years of age, is a resident of the state of Ohio, a registered Republican, and registered in a learning institution as a full -or part-time student, is eligible for student membership in the organization. A Student member has all rights and privileges of Active members, except that he or she may not hold office.
William T. Green is active in his community. William was born and raised in Akron, Ohio attending the University of Akron studying in Criminal Justice/Political Science. William is employed in Community Corrections in Ohio working with ex-offenders and as a Youth Mentor.
William serves on a number of boards in Summit County and is Chairman of Governor John R. Kasich Dr. Martin Luther King Commission. William loves to travel, spend time with family and read. He also enjoys the great outdoors His passion to work in the community, he believes will lead to collaborating and becoming problem solvers.
Janice V. Tobias
(Columbus - Franklin Co.)
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Janice moved to Cleveland with her family during her childhood. She attended Cuyahoga Community College and majored in Sociology and minored in Political Science. Janice later moved to Columbus in 1978, During the 1980's she was elected co-chair of an effort to unionize State of Ohio employees for membership in the Communication Workers of America. She has had long-time interest in politics and has assisted political campaigns in various capacities. Before retiring, Janice worked for the State of Ohio for over 21 years in auditing, bookkeeping, and accounting positions. Janice has been re-elected for a third term as treasurer.
Membership Meeting Calendar
General Membership Meetings are held monthly, on the 2nd Saturday, 12 Noon, at 211 South Fifth Street, Columbus, unless otherwise announced. Attendance by teleconference begins at 12:30 p.m.
A Map and directions are provided at the bottom of the Contact Us page.
OBRA encompasses Ohio's 88 counties and is divided into 8 regions. Any member interested in serving as a Regional Representative or alternate should contact the OBRA President regarding possible vacancies. (Regional Reps are also members of the Executive Board.)
Region I: Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Hancock, Hardin, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, Wyandot
Region II: Ashland, Cuyahoga, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland, Wayne
Region III: Ashtabula, Geauga, Mahoning, Lake, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull
Region IV: Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby
Region V: Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Union
Region VI: Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Tuscarawas
Region VII: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Warren
Region VIII: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Washington, Vinton