MIDDLEPORT— Meigs County Democrats hosted a dinner for U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland Saturday evening at Riverbend Arts. The former Ohio governor announced in February he would seek the Democratic Senate nomination to challenge first-term Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in 2016.
Representing Ohio’s sixth district, Strickland served six terms in Congress before winning the governorship of Ohio in 2006. He was narrowly defeated for re-election in the 2010 gubernatorial race by former U.S. Representative John Kasich.
The evening began with introductions and the Pledge to the Flag. A dinner buffet included a variety of home cooked food, fruit and desserts set in an atmosphere conducive to conversation with Strickland and his staff.
After dinner, Strickland spoke to the audience concerning issues he said he felt were important to all Ohioans.
According to Strickland, people are in a “middle class squeeze.”
“Most people just want a decent place in which to live, good schools for their kids, higher education without a lifetime of debt, access to healthcare and to face retirement with a sense of security. I want people to get rich, but not by keeping other people poor,” he said. “The Senate should not be millionaires taking care of billionaires. There needs to be members of the Senate who will fight for working people.”
He went on to add billionaires use wealth to buy control and people need to be able to vote without obstacles making it difficult to cast their ballots.
“The trickle down theory of economics has never worked,” Strickland said. “Income disparity is accelerating due to policies in Washington, and that can be changed by changing our policies.”
Former Governor Strickland closed his remarks with an impassioned call for voter participation.
“Voters need to be informed and to understand what is at stake in the upcoming elections,” he said.”Ordinary people need to have a voice in this government.”
The musical duo Gilmores closed the evening with songs including “Buckeye Hills,” a ballad they wrote about the area.
Meigs County Democratic Party Chairman Charles Williams thanked everyone in attendance for coming while guests continued to mingle with the former governor.
Lorna Hart can be reached at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2551