RIO GRANDE — Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland will be the featured speaker Oct. 29 at the Gallia County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day Dinner.
Strickland, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat, is expected to address what he calls the “middle-class squeeze,” in which Ohioans are working harder to get by and wealth is exploding for millionaires on Wall Street. The dinner will be 6 p.m. at the Bob Evans Farms Craft Barn in Rio Grande.
“The U.S. Senate shouldn’t be a place where millionaires go to look after the interests of billionaires,” Strickland said. “I’m running because I believe anyone who works hard ought to be able to live in a comfortable home, send their kids to college and save for retirement. I will never forget where I came from and my door will always be open to the people of Ohio.”
Strickland was raised in rural Scioto County as the eighth of nine children.
Strickland seeks to replace current republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.
According to Gallia County Democratic Party Chairperson Carol Roush, unions and college education controversies will be some of the biggest issues facing Gallia County voters.
“I think we should keep the unions together,” Roush said. “I’m a very strong union advocate. I’m from a union family and I’ve seen what the unions have done for people, the working people. That’s what I’m concerned about are working people. I think that we need to put people (in office) that are going to support the working people of Ohio, not the millionaires and billionaires.”
According to Roush, Gov. John Kasich has been pushing for potential legislation to weaken unions and that should be something that concerns Ohioans greatly.
“I try to go wherever Ted’s around,” said Roush about Strickland. “(Portman) just keeps shipping our jobs overseas. It’s voting for millionaires and billionaires. We need to get Ted in there to fight with Sherrod Brown is what we need.”
According to Roush, comers to the Kennedy Dinner will hear a “vibrant Ted speaking.” To her, Strickland is a “forceful speaker” that will tell the people of southern Ohio what is “in his heart.” She believes he has chiefly fought for southern Ohio while still supporting the rest of the country. She expects him to answer questions and people’s concerns at the dinner.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.