Senate candidate Ryan speaks in Ottawa


By Joe Gilroy - [email protected]



Democrat Tim Ryan answers a question about what he believes are some of the biggest challenges facing Ohio during the U.S. Senate hopeful’s campaign stop Monday at Henry’s Restaurant in Ottawa.

Democrat Tim Ryan answers a question about what he believes are some of the biggest challenges facing Ohio during the U.S. Senate hopeful’s campaign stop Monday at Henry’s Restaurant in Ottawa.


Joe Gilroy | The Lima News

U.S. Senate hopeful Tim Ryan introduces himself to the crowd after arriving at Henry’s restaurant in Ottawa for a campaign stop on Monday.

U.S. Senate hopeful Tim Ryan introduces himself to the crowd after arriving at Henry’s restaurant in Ottawa for a campaign stop on Monday.


Joe Gilroy | The Lima News

Tim Ryan, a Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senate, discusses the state of American politics with Putnam County voters Monday afternoon at Henry’s Restaurant in Ottawa.


Joe Gilroy | The Lima News

U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan stands with residents, including former Putnam County judges Randall Basinger (left, wearing red sweater) and Daniel Gerschutz (right, wearing blue sweater) during Ryan’s campaign stop at Henry’s Restaurant in Ottawa.


Joe Gilroy | The Lima News

OTTAWA — Tim Ryan, U.S. representative for Ohio’s 13th congressional district, took his tour of the state to Ottawa for a Senate campaign stop at Henry’s Restaurant for pie, coffee and conversation Monday afternoon.

Ryan seemed perfectly at ease while speaking for more than an hour. After taking a seat at one of the restaurant’s large tables, Ryan insisted some of the 25 to 30 individuals who braved the weather to sit next to him, offering coffee and pie to his newly made friends.

As he travels the state talking to Ohioans, Ryan said he hears people are struggling with the same issues.

“Wherever we go, the issues are jobs, wages and economic security across the board,” Ryan said. “The economy has not been great. whether you’re in manufacturing or farming, it’s been a tough slog for a long time. I just think we’ve all got to come together and, you know, get rid of the chaos and take on the special interests in D.C.”

If elected, Ryan said he would work to bring back manufacturing and said he would start by bringing back school courses that train for those jobs. He said there is deficit of candidates prepared to take industrial jobs, such as welding, programming and construction. He wants to close that gap.

“We have to help these communities develop the skills to take these jobs of the future,” Ryan said. “We’ve gotta build it. I talk a lot about bringing shop class back to our high schools. Shop and industrial classes should be pushed like college was. Kids need to know they can make a great living by doing these jobs, and there is no shame in working industrial and manufacturing jobs.”

The Senate hopeful drew parallels between his hometown of Niles in northeast Ohio and the region, sharing stories of his family working in steel mills and for General Motors. He then mentioned the struggles of Niles and nearby cities Youngstown and Warren and neighborhoods that were tragically affected when steel mills closed up and sent jobs overseas.

His hope to bring well-paying jobs to Ohio and work on the issues that Ohioans care about, he said.

“As your senator, I will continue to fight to keep jobs in Ohio,” Ryan said.

Democrat Tim Ryan answers a question about what he believes are some of the biggest challenges facing Ohio during the U.S. Senate hopeful’s campaign stop Monday at Henry’s Restaurant in Ottawa.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_IMG_1775.jpgDemocrat Tim Ryan answers a question about what he believes are some of the biggest challenges facing Ohio during the U.S. Senate hopeful’s campaign stop Monday at Henry’s Restaurant in Ottawa. Joe Gilroy | The Lima News
U.S. Senate hopeful Tim Ryan introduces himself to the crowd after arriving at Henry’s restaurant in Ottawa for a campaign stop on Monday.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Image.jpgU.S. Senate hopeful Tim Ryan introduces himself to the crowd after arriving at Henry’s restaurant in Ottawa for a campaign stop on Monday. Joe Gilroy | The Lima News
Tim Ryan, a Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senate, discusses the state of American politics with Putnam County voters Monday afternoon at Henry’s Restaurant in Ottawa.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Image-1-.jpgTim Ryan, a Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senate, discusses the state of American politics with Putnam County voters Monday afternoon at Henry’s Restaurant in Ottawa. Joe Gilroy | The Lima News
U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan stands with residents, including former Putnam County judges Randall Basinger (left, wearing red sweater) and Daniel Gerschutz (right, wearing blue sweater) during Ryan’s campaign stop at Henry’s Restaurant in Ottawa.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Image-2-.jpgU.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan stands with residents, including former Putnam County judges Randall Basinger (left, wearing red sweater) and Daniel Gerschutz (right, wearing blue sweater) during Ryan’s campaign stop at Henry’s Restaurant in Ottawa. Joe Gilroy | The Lima News

By Joe Gilroy

[email protected]

Reach Joe Gilroy at 567-242-0398 or on Twitter @TLNJoeGilroy.

Reach Joe Gilroy at 567-242-0398 or on Twitter @TLNJoeGilroy.

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