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Democratic candidate meets with voters

Aug. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- The 6th Congressional district race in 2014 is still about 15 months away, but Jennifer Garrison, a Democratic candidate, was in Lawrence County on Tuesday meeting with voters at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

Garrison is running for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican.

"This is a winnable seat," Garrison said.

Before Johnson, the seat was held by the late Charlie Wilson and former Gov. Ted Strickland, both Democrats. The district runs along the Ohio River from Ironton to the Youngstown area and covers all or part of 18 Ohio counties.

"I think Washington is broken," Garrison said. "We need people you can trust in Congress. We need problem solvers in D.C."

Garrison, a former state representative from Ohio's 93rd district, is used to working across the aisle with the Republican-dominated legislature. She said that while she was in the state legislature she helped secure funds for building schools and creating jobs.

She said Johnson "wants to be a Congressman" and doesn't care that much about the people he represents.

"People are so frustrated by Washington and the negativity," Garrison said. "I'm a conservative Democrat. I have always supported the Second Amendment. I'm an attorney and a mother. We need to start working together."

When asked about her opinion on Obamacare, Garrison said Congress has taken 40 votes to repeal it, but no votes to improve it.

She said people like a number of things about the health plan, including no lifetime coverage limits and no penalties for pre-existing injuries and allowing kids in college to stay on their parent's policy until the age of 26.



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