CELINA — The Republican frontrunner for Ohio’s Senate seat, Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth), visited Celina’s Crown Equipment Corp. Thursday to discuss some of the national issues surrounding trade and steel tariffs with the business’s management and staff.
Out of the five candidates competing for the Republic nomination, Renacci has been endorsed by President Donald Trump. And that, he said, is the “main thing” that separates him from his many contenders.
A tweet posted on April 24 from the president’s account reads: “@JimRenacci has worked so hard on Tax Reductions, Illegal Immigration, the Border and Crime. I need Jim very badly to help our agenda and to keep MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! He will be a fantastic Senator for the Great State of Ohio, and has my full endorsement!”
Renacci also mentioned his experience in the private sector as something that sets him apart. The former mayor of Wadsworth is estimated to be Ohio’s wealthiest Congressman and has been involved in real estate, nursing homes, financial advising as well as automobile dealerships. He has represented Ohio’s 16th Congressional District since 2011.
“Washington has its reasons for being there, but when it infringes with over-regulations — and the tax code is too complicated — these are the things that I’ve had to live with for the past 30 years. Too often people go to Washington, and they are there for too long, and they never really live within the rules they make,” Renacci said.
Last year, Renacci had been setting up for a run for Ohio governor, but when Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel pulled out of the Senate race, Renacci said he received a call from the White House.
“When I got a call from the White House and I was asked by the president to jump into this race, that was really the reason I got in. He wants me to help him move his agenda forward.”
Renacci’s platform is aligned closely with Trump’s. However, Renacci said he has concerns if China decides to add tariffs on important Ohio crops, like soybeans, which may inform a potential deviation with the president’s rhetoric.
“The president is very good at throwing out a big net, as I call it, and pulling back,” Renacci said. “I think in the end what the president will do is he’ll look at the effects on the country as whole. I have to look at the effects on Ohio since I represent it. So if there are differences, it will be there only.”
If Renacci gains the Republican nomination in May, he’ll face off against incumbent Sherrod Brown in November for one of Ohio’s Senate seats.
“I think, in the end, the state will have two very different people to choose from,” Renacci said.
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