POMEROY — While the Meigs County Fair in full swing, Congressman Bill Johnson and members of his staff strolled through the exhibits and midway, speaking with constituents along the way.
Johnson represents the 6th Congressional District in Ohio that includes 18 counties in eastern and southern Ohio. The district includes Belmont, Columbiana, Carroll, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Noble and Washington counties. The 6th Congressional District also includes portions of Athens, Mahoning, Muskingum, Scioto and Tuscarawas counties.
Johnson is set to visit every county fair in his district. When asked which was his favorite fair, he responded by saying they were “all unique in their own way” and that “it would be impossible” for him to have a favorite “when they were all so great.”
He said what he liked best about Meigs County were its people.
“There is no place like Meigs County,” he said. “The people work hard and represent the best of what this county has to offer.”
He went on to say that the exhibits at the fair were representative of that hard work, and the people of the county should be proud of their accomplishments.
As the congressman made his way through the fair exhibits, he spoke with people about their concerns. One of the topics was Internet availability and the impact the lack of high-speed connections has on the economy and education.
Johnson said he is working on the issue and understands its importance to communities in Meigs County. He added that he is aware of the necessity in providing infrastructure to rural communities and what it means to their economy.
Part of the discussion also included the difficulty of encouraging businesses to locate in an area without quality high-speed Internet. The importance for students to have availability at school and in their homes and the impact it has on education was also recognized.
“I’m on the Energy and Commerce Committee and the FCC Commission,” Johnson said. “It is essential we provide infrastructure to all communities. I’m currently working on several motions for wider connectivity.”
The 6th District requires extensive travel for the congressman, and he conveyed his wishes that he could stay longer. As the evening’s visit drew to a close, the congressman thanked everyone for their support.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551