LIMA — Over the past 24 years, the Republicans have dominated in Ohio, but 2018 is the year that will all change, according to Betty Sutton, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
At a young age, Sutton understood the importance of service. She grew up in a working class home in Barberton, born to a boilermaker father and a librarian mother. They had always instilled her and her siblings to give back to the community.
“They worked hard to put food on the table and take care of us and they did it with joy,” said Sutton during the Allen County Democratic Spring Dinner Monday. “They hoped to save up enough to retire with dignity some day, and they taught me a lot. Because of them I have dedicated my life to service to standing up for families like the one that I grew up in.”
She and gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray are partnering together to focus on providing Ohioans with quality education, well paying jobs, provide access to affordable healthcare and create a department of labor and economic opportunity in Ohio.
“We need to put workers and people at the aim of our center,” said Sutton. “We are fighting for education for people, regardless of who they are, where they live or their gender. You ought to be able to reach for your dream and achieve it. Cordray and I are going to fight for that and make sure that everyone has a chance.”
During her speech, she acknowledged that the Republicans have a lot of resources and have dominated the state for a long time, but if the Democratic Party comes together as a whole, they can win the election.
“I think that this is the year and the moment that we can unite and win this race and change this state,” said Sutton. “Whoever wins this year will not only define the next four years, but the next decade. I’m here to tell you that this is the important election of the lifetime. It’s not because we are on the ballet, but our future is on the ballot.”
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