Ohio House District 87 Democratic Candidate Jeffrey Lehart gave a speech following a fund raiser held on July 12 at American Legion Post 243 in Galion.
Joining Lehart was Janet Garrett, Congressional Candidate for District 4. District 4 does not include Morrow County.
The theme for the Democratic Party in 2014 is “Middle Class Champions” and Lehart spoke directly to that theme, “Once I am in Columbus, we can begin focusing on investing in the middle class, growing out from the middle class and not from the top down.”
He compared his speech to a job interview.
“You have the power to hire me or fire me,” noted Lehart. “The problems in District 87, I know intimately, I’ve been there, and I am no different than you. The only difference is my name is on the ballot. When I was laid off at GM I didn’t know how I was going to meet my family’s most basic needs. At one point had to swallow my pride and go on food stamps.” Holding up an Ohio Direction Card Lehart stated. “This card reminds me of that. It reminds me where I came from. My opponent has been a politician for 32 years. I don’t think he has the same qualifications that I do.”
Lehart first ran in 2012 because he says he couldn’t stand by and let his family friends and neighbors continue to struggle. That statement still holds true today. “I am once again running for state representative am serious about being your voice,” Lehart exclaimed.
Lehart stated that Ohio was one of four states in the nation to not expand their economy in 2013. He also focused on the unpopular Senate Bill 5 that was overwhelmingly repealed by Ohio voters. “My opponent was a co-sponsor of SB5,” explained Lehart.
He listed the issues important to him as jobs, education, women, and worker’s rights.
Lehart lives in Galion with his wife of more than 20 years, Angela and has two daughters, Ireland and Ariel.
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