Quantcast


Last updated: August 24. 2013 4:13PM - 184 Views

Story Tools:

Font Size:

Social Media:

LIMA When youre running for an office that represents the whole county, theres not a much better place to campaign than at the Allen County Fair.



So thats where Democratic candidate for the Ohio House, Bo Huenke, has been for much of this past week, even though it meant taking a week of vacation from his job. Huenke works at the Honda Engine Plant in Anna, where he is a production associate and member of the emergency response team. He is also a crew a chief with Lima Allen County Paramedics.



Huenke is challenging state Rep. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, for the 4th Ohio District seat, which includes all of Allen County.



Its just so much fun, seeing old friends and neighbors, people I work with, family, especially my paramedic buddies, Huenke said. I hand out literature for everyone, from the top of the ticket to the bottom of the ticket.



Saving the time from work was an easy decision, Huenke said. The fair is worth it, because its a place that lends itself to political discussion at the respective parties booths.



Its a real good place to meet people and have good conversations, the great conversations with people about whats on their minds and what they expect of me, whats going on in their lives, Huenke said.



Huenke jokes that he has gotten pretty good at figuring out whos stopping by for a free cup of water or balloon for a grandchild, who wants a bumper sticker, or who has something to talk about.



When people do want to talk, Huenke pulls out a map and chats them up about the way Republicans, led by Huffman, drew new legislative districts this year. The districts, many of which heavily favor Republican lawmakers and snake through counties, have become the subject of lawsuits and ballot initiatives.



He had a choice of 80 maps, and he drew this one, Huenke said of Huffman.



He also likes to talk with people about protecting public education and unions against bills proposed by Republicans, several of which Huffman is a leader on.



I can compromise on school vouchers. I dont like them, but I can live with the ones we have now, which my teacher friends dont like to hear, Huenke said. But thats enough. Theyre ruining public schools, by paying out to private schools and charter schools. Someone who makes $95,000 doesnt need to send their children to private school for free.



Huffmans bill previously set $95,000 as a cap for families income to receive a school voucher. The latest version of the bill, which has stalled, set the cap at $67,000 for a family of four.



Huenke said hes one of 10 siblings who went to Catholic schools in Lima; his parents paid the tuition, he said.






Bo Huenke
Comments
All user comments are subject to our Terms of Service. Users may flag inappropriate comments.
comments powered by Disqus



Featured Businesses


Poll



Info Minute



Gas Prices

Lima Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com