State of Ohio Archives: on Principles & Values


JD Vance: Leaders conspire to make life harder for normal Americans

Ohio needs a true conservative in the U.S. Senate. It needs someone who understands how our economic and government leaders conspire to make life harder for normal Americans. It needs someone who knows what it's like to live in a left-behind community. It needs someone who is not a career politician, recycling cheap establishment talking points instead of focusing on our real problems. A conservative outsider. That outsider is JD Vance.
Source: 2021 Ohio Senate campaign website JDVance.com Jul 4, 2021

JD Vance: Known as the "Trump Whisperer" for explaining his support

Vance was colloquially known as the Trump Whisperer by critics who said Vance could explain why Middletown and the surrounding areas showed up in droves to vote for President Trump.

"Trump was just talking about real issues," said Vance. "And whether you agreed or disagreed with the president I think most people recognized that he actually identified something real in our country, which is that a lot of the communities feel like they've been left behind, because they have been left behind."

Source: WTOL-11 Newsroom on 2022 Ohio Senate race Jul 3, 2021

JD Vance: Willing to wade through a little crap to save this country

I have two boys. I love those kids. I want them to live in the same great country that I lived in. If we don't do something, they're going to grow up in a country that's much poorer, that's much dirtier, that's much uglier, and where they can't even speak their mind as citizens. It's time to fight back though. If you're not willing to wade through a little crap to save this country, then you're not willing to stand up on the big stage, and I am.
Source: Fox News on 2022 Ohio Senate race Jul 2, 2021

JD Vance: Critical of Trump in 2016, enthusiastic supporter in 2020

He was initially critical of former President Donald Trump in 2016 but has since changed his mind about that, too. "I think he delivered on his promises to make the country a better place," Vance said. "So, I think I saw this guy, he was an outsider. I didn't really believe he was serious. And then I saw the guy in action. And I thought he was a successful president. That's why I supported him enthusiastically in 2020. So I changed because he did a good job."
Source: WCPO-TV ABC-9 on 2022 Ohio Senate race Jul 2, 2021

JD Vance: 2016: Trump makes people I care about afraid

He was publicly critical of Trump during the 2016 election cycle--calling him "noxious" in an interview with NPR--and ultimately voted for independent Evan McMullin that year. He cast Trump supporters as unmarried, uneducated and less likely to attend church. "Trump makes people I care about afraid," Vance said in October 2016. "Immigrants, Muslims, etc. Because of this I find him reprehensible."
Source: Cincinnati Enquirer on 2022 Ohio Senate race Jul 1, 2021

JD Vance: Wokeness will make everything boring and ugly

Vance was angered when he learned that writer Josh Safran, who will be the showrunner for the new "Gossip Girl" that will stream on HBO Max, has reworked the wealthy Manhattan socialite characters to make them more aware of the privileged lives they lead. Vance was not fond of this artistic decision, however, and railed that the teen drama was the latest work of art to fall victim to "wokeness."

"Wokeness will make everything boring and ugly," he wrote.

Source: RawStory.com blog on 2022 Ohio Senate race Jun 22, 2021

JD Vance: 2016: Trump reprehensible; 2020: evolved to support Trump

Vance was once a stern critic of former President Trump. Now, as a candidate for the Republican Senate nomination in Ohio, he is a big Trump fan. How and why Vance moved from one position to the other is a topic of red-hot debate [and] a window into the current state of the Republican Party, riven by tensions over the 45th president & the long shadow he casts.

CNN uncovered old tweets in which Vance had called Trump "reprehensible" in relation to his policies on "immigrants, Muslims etc." In another tweet from 2016, Vance said he would vote for an independent candidate, Evan McMullin, rather than Trump or Hillary Clinton. In early 2016, Vance wrote in USA Today that "Trump's actual policy proposals, such as they are, range from immoral to absurd."

Vance gave a penitent interview [this week]: "I ask folks not to judge me based on what I said in 2016, because I've been very open that I did say those critical things and I regret them, and I regret being wrong about the guy," Vance said.

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2022 Ohio Senate race May 6, 2021

Tim Ryan: Incorporated yoga into his presidential run

After the 2008 election, Ryan attended a mindfulness retreat. What he learned there transformed his approach to politics and life. He wrote a book in 2012 titled "A Mindful Nation" and later incorporated yoga into his presidential run. His second book, "Real Food Revolution," focused on reducing highly processed foods and supporting farmers who grow fresh produce.
Source: Columbus Dispatch on 2022 Ohio Senate race Apr 26, 2021

Bernie Moreno: Stop socialism, cancel culture, & corruption

The only way we save this country is if people from outside the rigged system step in. We have to stop socialism, attacks on our liberty, cancel culture, and corruption. The career politicians won't stand up to the radical left. I will. That's what I believe, and that's why I'm running. If that interests you at all, then let's keep talking.

America is incredible--don't blow it. If you listen to the most powerful, loud forces in this country, they'd have you believe that America is fundamentally flawed. They want to extinguish what has been the beacon of freedom and liberty around the world, and they'll do anything to make it happen. It's terrifying, and we have to fight back.

Source: 2021 Ohio Senate campaign website BernieMoreno.com Apr 19, 2021

Josh Mandel: 2011: Refused to return donation from Nazi reenactor

In 2011, he refused to return a $1000 campaign donation from a longtime Nazi reenactor, calling the whole thing a "manufactured nonissue." Adding a layer of weirdness to the matter is the fact that Mandel himself is Jewish.
Source: Queerty.com on 2022 Ohio Senate race Apr 18, 2021

Josh Mandel: Pulverize the "uni-party," no desire to be part of that club

Let me be very clear: I am going to Washington to pulverize what I call the uni-party. The uni-party is this group of Democrats and Republicans who sound the same and stand for nothing, and they're more interested in getting invited to cocktail parties than they are in standing up for the Constitution and standing up for the American people, and I have no desire to be part of that club. I'm going to Washington to take on the system.
Source: WKYC on 2022 Ohio Senate race Apr 18, 2021

Mike Gibbons: Running to help people achieve their American Dreams

I've achieved my American Dream. I'm running for Senate to help more people achieve their American Dreams. I'm a businessman, not a politician. I'm blunt, plain-spoken, and I tell it like it is. I'm running for Senate because this isn't the time for career politicians or party insiders. The last thing we need is another go-along-to-get-along rubber stamp in Washington.
Source: 2021 Ohio Senate campaign website GibbonsForOhio.com Apr 13, 2021

Mike Gibbons: We need to stand up to cancel culture

I believe that America is the greatest country in the history of the world, but we need to stand up to the cancel culture and the lies of those who seek to divide us. I believe that families matter. Churches matter. Neighborhoods and small towns matter.
Source: 2021 Ohio Senate campaign website GibbonsForOhio.com Apr 13, 2021

Josh Mandel: We exercise freedom of religion, not freedom from religion

When I was in the Ohio House of Representatives, they tried to censor a prayer at the beginning of legislative session when a pastor prayed in the name of Jesus Christ. Immediately following the session, many members of the media surrounded me asking if I was offended by the prayer, to which I replied that I was NOT. I explained to them that in America we exercise freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, and that pastors should be free to give any prayer they choose.
Source: 2021 Ohio Senate campaign website JoshMandel.com Apr 7, 2021

Josh Mandel: It's time we remind everyone of God's importance

The events of the past year have contributed to skyrocketing rates of isolation, depression and addiction. With politicians deciding to strip our freedoms and that they are the ones who decide whether or not we can celebrate our faith and worship together, now more than ever, we need to put our beliefs on the frontlines and take a stand. A world without faith is not a world destined for success, and it's time we remind everyone of God's importance.
Source: 2021 Ohio Senate campaign website JoshMandel.com Apr 7, 2021

Nan Whaley: Focus on economy, no compromise on core progressive values

In cities like Dayton, it is easy to just say we want to make America great again. But we don't have time to focus on what is behind us. Nan believes we must maintain a laser-like focus on economic issues without compromising on civil rights and other core progressive values. We all know that Ohio is not a "red state." But if we fail to lay out a positive vision for the future and demonstrate the good we can do when we govern according to our values, then it will be.
Source: 2022 Ohio Governor campaign website NanWhaleyForOhio.com Apr 6, 2021

Jane Timken: Second Trump impeachment was unconstitutional and a sham

Q: After the Capitol riot, there were some Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, including Anthony Gonzalez, while others continue to support him. How are you navigating this tension?

Timken: I did disagree with Anthony Gonzalez's vote and have said that repeatedly. The second impeachment was unconstitutional and a sham, and I have called out Anthony Gonzalez on that issue, so I want to make that very clear.

Source: Jewish Insider on 2022 Ohio Senate race Mar 26, 2021

Jane Timken: I denounce QAnon, I don't agree with them

Q: Marjorie Taylor Greene has become a controversial figure thanks in part to her belief in QAnon. What do you make of her as well as the QAnon conspiracy theory?

Timken: Look, I denounce QAnon. I don't agree with them. But, you know, Marjorie Taylor Greene was elected duly, and she has the right to voice her opinions and represent her constituents.

Source: Jewish Insider on 2022 Ohio Senate race Mar 26, 2021

Jane Timken: Advance the Trump agenda without fear or hesitation

With the backing of Donald Trump, Timken unseated Matt Borges for control of the Ohio Republican Party in January 2017. In her kick-off video, Timken touts her support of Trump and his America First agenda and pledged that as senator she'd "advance the Trump agenda without fear or hesitation." She told the Cincinnati Enquirer that she'd be happy to have Trump's endorsement.
Source: Springfield News-Sun on 2022 Ohio Senate race Mar 25, 2021

Josh Mandel: Supports President Trump's America first Agenda

Mandel's statement announcing his campaign said he was motivated by the "sham" impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump and emphasized his support for "President Trump's America first Agenda." "I'm going to Washington to advance the Trump agenda and to take on the establishment," Mandel said.
Source: Politico.com on 2022 Ohio Senate race Mar 18, 2021

Josh Mandel: 2011: Refused to return donation from Nazi reenactor

In 2011, he refused to return a $1000 campaign donation from a longtime Nazi reenactor, calling the whole thing a "manufactured nonissue." Adding a layer of weirdness to the matter is the fact that Mandel himself is Jewish.
Source: Queerty blog on 2022 Ohio Senate race Feb 10, 2021

Josh Mandel: Stand up for the Trump America first agenda

In an interview with 3News, Mandel pledged to carry on former President Donald Trump's agenda. Mandel said the Trump's second impeachment pushed him into action. "I've been watching this sham and unconstitutional impeachment, and it's really made my blood boil and it's motivated me to run for the U.S. Senate," he said. "I want to go to Washington to stand up for the Trump America first agenda."

"Let me be very clear: I am going to Washington to pulverize what I call the uni-party," he said. "The uni-party is this group of Democrats and Republicans who sound the same and stand for nothing, and they're more interested in getting invited to cocktail parties than they are in standing up for the Constitution and standing up for the American people, and I have no desire to be part of that club. I'm going to Washington to take on the system. Whether that means taking on Republican leaders, Democrat leaders, I don't care."

Source: WKYC 3News on 2022 Ohio Senate race Feb 10, 2021

Tim Ryan: Respects footballer Baker Mayfield for his grit & resiliency

Q: Who is your hero, and why?

A: I don't know if he's my hero or not, but I have a ton of respect for Baker Mayfield. He is someone who had to walk on twice to make college football teams, and continue to overcome adversity and prove his critics wrong time and time again. I think he's a pretty good example and role model for our kids to learn how to develop that type of grit and resiliency.

Source: Mahoning Matters on 2022 Ohio Senate race Oct 29, 2020

Mike DeWine: Protests against me protected by First Amendment

The only thing that I've asked our protests to do is to observe social distancing. We're all big believers in the First Amendment. They were protesting against me yesterday, and that's just fine. They have every right to do that.
Source: Meet the Press 2020 interview on 2022 Ohio Governor race Apr 19, 2020

Mike Gibbons: Keep God in the public sphere

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: Strongly support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Ohio Senate candidate Apr 24, 2018

John Kasich: Respect for secular humanists

The humanists in our country are the ones who have charted a course based on reason--human reason. And they wake up every day with a goal. Their goal is to improve the world. Their goal is to make the world a better place. But these secular humanists follow that code, and they do great. And many of my friends are secular humanists, and I respect them for it. But as for me, and maybe for some of us, we need to go deeper. We need to have a more permanent compass.
Source: 2018 Ohio State of the State address Mar 7, 2018

Josh Mandel: OpEd: Attacked ADL for report on extremists hate groups

In a defining moment, Mandel faced this choice: Side with the Anti-Defamation League.

Or side with white nationalists, Nazi sympathizers, avowed racists and other hate groups.

For anyone with a shred of decency, this was an easy call. Mandel sided with hate. On July 20, Mandel ripped the ADL's decision to publish a report identifying key members of extremist hate groups. The ADL, he tweeted, has "become a partisan witchhunt group targeting people for political beliefs."

Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer OpEd on 2022 Ohio Senate race Aug 3, 2017

Josh Mandel: Attacked ADL for report on extremists hate groups

In a defining moment, Mandel faced this choice: Side with the Anti-Defamation League. Or side with white nationalists, Nazi sympathizers, avowed racists and other hate groups.

For anyone with a shred of decency, this was an easy call. Mandel sided with hate. On July 20, Mandel ripped the ADL's decision to publish a report identifying key members of extremist hate groups. The ADL, he tweeted, has "become a partisan witchhunt group targeting people for political beliefs."

Source: The Cleveland Plain-Dealer on 2022 Ohio Senate race Aug 3, 2017

Connie Pillich: Announced candidacy on route of Cincinnati Women's March

Connie announced her campaign for Governor along the same route she joined with thousands of women on January 21, 2017 as part of the Cincinnati Women's March. Inspired by the energy of that day and determined to not let it fade away, Connie is dedicated to helping Democrats reclaim our status as patriots because she knows we cannot be afraid to stand up for our values.

As Governor, Connie will take the lessons she learned as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force to provide the progressive and unflinching leadership Ohioans need to improve our schools, rebuild our infrastructure, and bring back the industry and jobs that can support a family.

The youngest of five, Connie grew up in a working-class neighborhood in the shadow of a steel mill, which closed. Connie put herself through college with an ROTC scholarship, student loans, and part-time work.

Source: 2018 Ohio gubernatorial campaign website ConniePillich.com May 2, 2017

Mary Taylor: Served as Director of Insurance, while Lt. Governor

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor stepped down as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance today as she seeks the Republican nomination for governor. Taylor, who remains lieutenant governor, faces a potential 2018 primary. Taylor's resignation permits her to now accept campaign contributions from insurance-industry sources and employees.

She took a big pay cut upon resigning. As a cabinet director, Taylor earned $150,405 a year rather than the lieutenant governor's salary of $78,021.

Gov. Kasich, who will be forced from office by term limits in January 2019, has said he supports his No. 2 amid the field of gubernatorial candidates. "I am grateful for her work and will continue to rely on her advice and counsel as lieutenant governor," Kasich said in a statement.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Mar 31, 2017

Jim Renacci: OhioFirst: the day of the career politicians needs to change

Positioning himself as businessman who operates outside politics as usual, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced that he is running for governor in 2018 and he unveiled his campaign slogan: OhioFirst.

Renacci, who strongly backed Republican Donald Trump for president last year, is serving his fourth term in Congress. Before entering politics, though, he owned nursing homes and other business ventures over three decades. "I was a business guy for 30 years, someone who created jobs and employed people. I want to use that background and experience. I do believe Donald Trump said the same thing. I supported Donald Trump because I believe the day of the career politicians, especially in D.C. but also here in Ohio, needs to change," Renacci said.

Source: Dayton Daily News on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Feb 4, 2017

Warren Davidson: Political left has maintained a progressive attack on faith

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Davidson: I committed to following Christ to the best of my ability at 3:34 am on 19 August 1987. To succinctly describe my doctrine, Ephesians 2:1-10. How do I translate that into my values? I strive to live a fully integrated life. My first ministry focus is my family. Before the fall, God gave Adam work to do. I strive to honor God in my work, in how I treat others, in shaping our cultures, and in being excellent at the work itself. I sometimes fail, but I always strive. I grow with others via regular church and small groups. In public policy, the political left has maintained a progressive attack on faith that is well contrasted by the differences between the persuasive language of Uncle Tom's Cabin and the debates of today. We need leaders who can protect religious liberty for all by ensuring that government is limited to its Constitutionally enumerated powers.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Ohio House race Nov 8, 2016

Sherrod Brown: AdWatch: nepotistic hiring practices at the state treasury

Sherrod Brown is taking on his Republican opponent's hiring practices at the state treasury in his first TV ad of the campaign. The 30-second spot, called "How to Succeed," began airing Thursday on TV and cable stations statewide. It criticizes Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for paying state salaries of between $90,000 and $150,000 to a former campaign manager, a college friend and a political aide. It notes the 26-year-old aide was made state director of debt management despite lacking finance experience.

Mandel's campaign says Brown went negative to distract from his record. Brown's campaign says outside groups have already spent $5 million on Mandel's behalf attacking Brown, who is a former state secretary and congressman.

Source: Dayton Daily News' 2012 Ohio Senate ad review Apr 27, 2012

Josh Mandel: OpEd: Missed 14 monthly meetings as Ohio Treasurer

Republican Josh Mandel has launched his first TV ad in his quest to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. The 30-second spot doesn't mention that Mandel is Ohio's state treasurer. He's been criticized for neglecting that job to launch his Senate bid and raise money across the country. Mandel missed 14 monthly meetings of a powerful deposit board he chairs, and took a weekday fundraising trip to the Bahamas. A message was left with Mandel's campaign spokesman seeking confirmation.
Source: Coshocton Tribune's 2012 Ohio Senate ad review Apr 19, 2012

John Kasich: Kasich rhymes with Basic

John Kasich (rhymes with Basic) is proud to call Ohio his home, and he is optimistic about our future. He understands that our great state is hurting, and believes we can do better.

The son of a mailman, John grew up in a blue collar neighborhood in McKee's Rocks, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. Like many Americans his values were shaped by a childhood rooted in faith, family, community and common sense.

Source: 2010 House campaign website, kasichforohio.com, "Biography" Nov 2, 2010

John Kasich: Host of weekly news show, "Heartland with John Kasich"

His leadership in Washington and his ability to communicate powerfully and effectively have given John a broad platform to shape public opinion as a commentator, appearing on virtually every major network and cable news show. He has also hosted a national weekly news show called "Heartland with John Kasich," which allowed him to provide a uniquely Midwestern perspective to news from around the nation and world.
Source: 2010 House campaign website, kasichforohio.com, "Biography" Nov 2, 2010

Jon Husted: Public prayer in Legislature is free speech

As Speaker of the House, Jon Husted fought to preserve opening prayer before House session. Husted protected guest pastor prayer, and in a memo to the House Clerk stated that as "the leader of this esteemed chamber, I will not allow our prayers to be censored."

After questions about the policy arose, Husted stood strong on the principles of free speech and religious tolerance by protecting the important tradition of reflection and guidance through prayer.

Source: Ohio Secretary State campaign website HustedForOhio.com Nov 1, 2010

Lee Fisher: I'm just as angry at Washington insiders as you are

Portman & Fisher tangled over jobs, gays in the military, tax cuts and who deserves the blame for Ohio's sluggish economy. They each pointed fingers at one another.

Portman said, "One thing we need to do is to not promote policies in Washington that he's promoting that makes it harder to get ahead in Ohio."

"In this election, you have a very, very clear choice," Fisher told debate viewers. "You can choose someone who has been on the ground in every corner of this state working to save jobs in the middle of this national recession and is just as angry as you are at the Washington insiders who caused this recession. Or you can choose my opponent, Congressman Portman, who the Washington Post calls Mr. Washington."

Portman said, "If you like the way things are going, think we're headed in the right direction, you should probably support my opponent. If you're ready for a change, if you believe there's a better way, I hope you'll join our cause."

Source: Dayton Daily News coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Rob Portman: If you like the way things are going, support my opponent

Portman & Fisher tangled over jobs, gays in the military, tax cuts and who deserves the blame for Ohio's sluggish economy. They each pointed fingers at one another.

Portman said, "One thing we need to do is to not promote policies in Washington that he's promoting that makes it harder to get ahead in Ohio."

"In this election, you have a very, very clear choice," Fisher told debate viewers. "You can choose someone who has been on the ground in every corner of this state working to save jobs in the middle of this national recession and is just as angry as you are at the Washington insiders who caused this recession. Or you can choose my opponent, Congressman Portman, who the Washington Post calls Mr. Washington."

Portman said, "If you like the way things are going, think we're headed in the right direction, you should probably support my opponent. If you're ready for a change, if you believe there's a better way, I hope you'll join our cause."

Source: Dayton Daily News coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Lee Fisher: Ohio voters are mad as hell over Republican policies

Fisher opened his remarks declaring that Ohio voters are "mad as hell" over Republican tax, trade, and job policies.

Portman, a top adviser to President George W. Bush, stuck to his main campaign theme: Fisher and the Democrats are to blame for Ohio's nearly 400,000 job losses.

Both candidates argued that other was of more of a career politician and insider, which injected energy into the debate. Fisher referred to Portman--a former corporate lawyer--as a lobbyist, Mr. Washington, a rubber stamp and the chief architect of Bush policies.

Asked by a debate panelist to reconcile such claims with his own long career as a political insider, Fisher said, "The bottom line is not so much whether you serve, it's who you serve. I think he's serving the lobbyists and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the insurance industry and Wall Street," Fisher said.

Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 8, 2010

Rob Portman: A top adviser to President George W. Bush

Fisher opened his remarks declaring that Ohio voters are "mad as hell" over Republican tax, trade, and job policies.

Portman, a top adviser to President George W. Bush, stuck to his main campaign theme: Fisher and the Democrats are to blame for Ohio's nearly 400,000 job losses.

Both candidates argued that other was of more of a career politician and insider, which injected energy into the debate. Fisher referred to Portman--a former corporate lawyer--as a lobbyist, Mr. Washington, a rubber stamp and the chief architect of Bush policies.

Asked by a debate panelist to reconcile such claims with his own long career as a political insider, Fisher said, "The bottom line is not so much whether you serve, it's who you serve. I think he's serving the lobbyists and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the insurance industry and Wall Street," Fisher said.

Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 8, 2010

Mike DeWine: Worked in a bi-partisan manner to get things done

For 12 years in the Senate, Iíve gotten things done. And the way Iíve gotten things done is by working with Democrats and Republicans. I worked with Rockefeller, for example, on highway safety issues, on steel, and on other issues as well-adoption, foster care. I worked with Dodd to get better medicines for kids, on the fire act to get money, $100 million, directly back in Ohio. I worked with Levin in regard to the Great Lakes. I have a long record of working with Democrats and Republicans alike.
Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press Oct 1, 2006

Mike DeWine: Brown does not represent the mainstream of Ohio

The difference between me and Brown is, if you look at his record, he has a very slim record in the House of getting anything done. He has been described as a partisan in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has been described as someone who is on the fringe by the National Journal. Heís on the fringe of his own party. Many times his votes have been in the minority even of his own party. He is to the left of his own party and not in the mainstream of Ohio
Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press Oct 1, 2006

Sherrod Brown: Endorsed by conservative group that cares about tax fairness

The Certified Public Accountants of Ohio, a, a Republican-leaning conservative business group that cares about economic development, that cares about tax cuts for the middle class, that cares about fairness, and is a conservative Republican-leaning group, as I said, has endorsed me. Iím the only Democrat challenger in the country that was endorsed by them. I can make a long list of bipartisan issues I worked on. My ultimate allegiance is to the middle class and working to help Ohioans.
Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press Oct 1, 2006

Paul Hackett: Ohio Democrats need an 88-county strategy to win elections

The selection of a new Ohio Democratic Party Chair should not be taken lightly. I hope that the Ohio Democratic Party will give the men and women who make up our party the opportunity to be involved in the process. Regional meetings may just be the forum we need to make that possible.

All over this state I meet people who feel forgotten by their party. that the red pigment their town or county represents on a map serves as a stop sign to their party when resources are being handed out. If we fail to compete in every region of this state, we will continue to fail in election after election. This party needs an eighty-eight county strategy for growing our party and building a farm team of candidates. If we ever want to win an election, we must compete in every county, city, town and precinct.

Source: Press release, ďOhio Democratic PartyĒ Nov 8, 2005

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