The Ohio Federation of Republican Women

In Memory of Kay Ayres


Hillsboro resident Kay Ayres, who served as vice chair of the Ohio Republican Party and chaired the Highland County GOP for many years, passed away Monday, Aug. 17.

She was 81. Mrs. Ayres was a local educator before entering politics. She won a 1982 GOP primary for Ohio's 77th House District before losing to longtime incumbent Harry Malott. Undeterred, Mrs. Ayres went on to work for more than 50 years on the front lines of local and state politics, serving as chairman of the Highland County Republican Party from 1978 until 2016.

She assisted countless candidates and campaigns over the years – from the courthouse to the White House.

Mrs. Ayres had served on the Southern State Community College Board of Trustees, the Highland County Board of Elections, the Highland County Historical Society Board, the Scott House Renovation Committee, the Liberty Savings Bank Board of Directors and the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute Board of Directors, as well as being vice chairwoman of the Century Club, to name a few of the boards and committees on which she served. 

In addition, Mrs. Ayres served as president of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women and as a vice chair for the National Federation of Republican Women, where she was responsible for supporting the duties of the chairman in addition to overseeing various party-building activities and outreach efforts, especially among women voters.


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