Democrat Tim Ryan brings U.S. Senate campaign to Fremont

FREMONT —Tim Ryan feels his U.S. Senate campaign from Ohio has an obligation to move beyond the Democratic/Republican narrative and engage voters of all political backgrounds in all parts of the state.

“We go everywhere. I don’t want anyone in the state to feel like we’re not going to represent them,” Ryan told supporters Saturday at Kohler’s 818 Club in Fremont.

With that in mind, Ryan visited Sandusky County and spoke about the need to rebuild the country with a vibrant middle class, strengthen Ohio’s advanced manufacturing base, and challenge China on the world stage.

Elected to the United States House in 2002

Ryan, a Democrat first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, is in his 10th term in Congress and represents Ohio’s 13th congressional district.

He will face attorney Morgan Harper and technology executive Traci Johnson in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, with the winner seeking to replace retired U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in November.

If Ryan exits the Democratic primary, he will face the winner of a packed Republican Senate primary that includes former state treasurer Josh Mandel, venture capitalist and author JD Vance, investment banker Mike Gibbons, l former Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Timken, state Sen. Matt Dolan, and businessmen Mark Pukita and Neil Patel.

Fremont scored one of three saves of Ryan’s campaign on Saturday, along with Parma and Defiance.

Ryan told Sandusky County supporters he made inroads with longtime Republican voters who backed President Donald Trump in the last two presidential elections.

He said driving the conversation toward jobs, manufacturing and competing with China resonated with those voters.

There are a significant number of Trump voters who don’t want to spend the next 10 years in what Ryan described as “culture wars,” the candidate said.

The Democrat said Ohio voters don’t have to agree with him on every issue in the Senate race.

Ryan said candidates should remember that voters are neither Democrats nor Republicans.

“We are Americans first,” Ryan said.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, endorsed Ryan in the 2022 U.S. Senate race.

Brown stands out as one of the few Democrats in recent memory to win a statewide election in Ohio, beating Republican Jim Renacci in his 2018 Senate re-election campaign.

Representative Tim Ryan, Ohio's Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, visited Fremont on Saturday and spoke with supporters of Kohler's 818 Club.  Here, Ryan spoke with Fremont City Council member Angie Ruiz before delivering a short speech to his supporters.

Ryan said Brown has always been visible statewide in rural counties and connected with workers in Ohio.

“We’re kind of working on his plan,” Ryan said of Brown.

Originally from the Youngstown area, Ryan said he had a certain rapport with working-class voters, that he could relate to their issues and knew what they were going through in their daily lives.

As Americans emerge from a two-year COVID-19 pandemic, Ryan said it was a time when this generation, like generations before it, had to prove that the United States was an exceptional country.

Ryan said one way to compete with China on a global scale is to have a cohesive industrial policy.

He cited the deal to bring Intel to Ohio as an example, with federal and state government officials doing their part encourage the company to set up in the state.

To stay competitive, there needs to be a continued push for high-speed broadband infrastructure everywhere and a focus on cutting-edge technologies, like electric car production, Ryan said.

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