LIMA — Jobs and healthcare are two of the most important topics in November’s election, a pair of Democratic candidates said
Betty Sutton, the Democratic candidate for Ohio’s lieutenant governor, and Janet Garrett, the Democratic candidate for Ohio’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke during Monday’s opening of the Allen County Democratic Party Headquarters, 562 W. Market St, Lima.
Affordable healthcare is one of several things Sutton and her running mate, Richard Cordray, are fighting for on the Nov. 6 ballot, Sutton said. In 1998 Sutton was instrumental in introducing the Patient Protection Bill, which prevented healthcare providers from discriminating against people with preconditions.
“I think we all understand what that means,” Sutton said. “I bet it [the bill] touches all of our lives and the lives of everyone in this community. I wished our opponent in this race understood that. Right now, (Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate) Mike DeWine is not standing up on the lawsuit to protect us from discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. That is not what we need in a governor.”
Jobs are another issue that Sutton and Cordray are pushing. The running mates are determined to equip laborers with the resources that they need to succeed, Sutton said.
“We believe that people need to be empowered with the skills, the education, the training and the pathway to a good job and a good life,” Sutton said.
Sutton said Cordray’s experience as Ohio’s treasurer, attorney general and the work he did with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau make him the best candidate for Ohio’s governor.
“He fights for people in this community,” Sutton said. “He is all about standing up for people and putting people first and fighting back when someone is mistreating our citizens, our friends and neighbors.”
Sutton encouraged the crowd Monday to make phone calls, knock on doors and talk to friends and neighbors about the issues that the Democratic Party is fighting for in November.
“We are not just fighting for it for Democrats; we are fighting for everyone,” Sutton said. “We are fighting for our future. It’s about who you stand up for and who are you willing to stand up against.”
Garrett reassured the crowd that all of the Democratic candidates will fighting for the issues Ohioans are facing.
“Education is going to be on the ballot, healthcare is on the ballot, as well as the environment, unions, worker’s wages and pensions,” Garrett said. “It’s not going to say education, healthcare or environment. It’s going to say Richard Cordray, Betty Sutton and Janet Garrett. Now is the time because we are at a crossroads in this country, and we are going to make sure that our country moves in the right direction.”
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