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Accession Number 2016.018
Catalog Number 2016.018.016
Object Name Button, Campaign
Title Van Meter/Matia campaign button
Description Campaign button used for Tom Van Meter and Paul Ramon Matia's 1982 Ohio gubernatorial run.

The front of the button reads: "VAN METER / MATIA"
The back of the button reads: "Perk Ad Johnstown, Ohio"
Date 1982
Dimensions Dia-1.75 inches
Notes Thomas A. Van Meter was born in Ashland, Ohio April 22, 1943. He served in the Ohio Senate from 1973-1982. In 1978, he ran for the Republican nomination for governor, but lost to James Rhodes. In 1982 he again ran for the Republican nomination for governor. He finished third in the gubernatorial race.

Van Meter died of cancer in Cleveland, Ohio March 7, 1992.

Paul Ramon Matia was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1937. He served in the Ohio Senate from 1971-1975. After his term ended, he returned to a private law practice from 1975-1985. In 1982, he ran with Thomas A. Van Meter for the Republican nomination for governor and lieutenant governor of Ohio.

The duo was unsuccessful in their gubernatorial run, and came in third place.
People Matia, Paul Ramon 1937-
Van Meter, Thomas A., 1943-1992
Material Celluloid/Metal
Provenance Matt Dole donated this button to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board museum collection in 2016 as part of a collection of items related to the Ohio Statehouse and the Ohio government.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board took over the care of the Statehouse and its collections in 1988.
Search Terms Republican Party
Subjects Campaigns, Political
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Politics & government
State government
Collection Matt Dole Collection