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Candidates out in force Saturday

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    Richard Cordray speaks at a campaign stop at Black River Landing Transportation Center in Lorain on Saturday..


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    Richard Cordray talks with attendees at a campaign stop at Black River Landing Transportation Center in Lorain May 5.


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    Betty Sutton speaks at a campaign stop at Black River Landing Transportation Center in Lorain May 5.



Candidates made their final push to reach out to voters by crisscrossing the county Saturday ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.

Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, Rich Cordray and Betty Sutton, stopped in Lorain on Saturday morning to kick off their campaign’s “Ohio Way Get Out the Vote Tour.”

Many of the speakers at the event — including state Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, and Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer — spoke of the possibility of a ‘blue wave’ in this year’s election of Democratic candidates being voted in over Republican candidates.

“We do believe there will be a blue wave this year, but we are going to need that blue wave,” Cordray said. “It doesn’t happen by accident, but it happens because we made it happen.”

Cordray said corruption in Washington and Columbus have made it evident change needs to take place. He spoke of the recent issues with ECOT, the embattled online charter school that recently closed, and former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, who recently resigned amid talk of an FBI investigation into his activities.

“Government that helps itself is not government that helps the people,” Cordray said. “Right now, we have corrupt government in Washington and Columbus.”

Sutton echoed Cordray’s thoughts.

“Everything is on the line in this election,” she said. “This is our moment. This is our chance. This is the last chance, frankly. This isn’t really about left or right, it’s about forward. We need to move our state forward.”

Ritenauer encouraged people to get out and vote if they want to see changes take place.

“You see what’s going on with the phenomenal work the students in Parkland are doing,” Ritenauer said. “You see what’s going on with #MeToo. You see what’s going on with these people that are fed up with what’s happening in Washington, D.C. In Ohio, they’re fed up with what’s going on in Columbus.

“None of that matters unless we’re voting — unless we’re voting on Tuesday and unless we’re voting in November. All of that is great, but we have to translate that into votes.”

Cordray and Sutton also made stops in Cleveland and Youngstown on Saturday and plan to make more stops in the western part of the state today.

Local candidates also were out making a last-minute push for votes.

U.S. House 7th District congressional candidate Ken Harbaugh, who will face Patrick Pikus in the Democratic primary, made stops in Holmes and Tuscarawas counties Saturday, and plans stops in Medina County today and Lorain and Stark counties Monday. Harbaugh’s campaign also is going door-to-door across the district over the next few days.

“I am grateful for the support of volunteers across Ohio’s 7th District who have stepped forward to say this is time Washington worked for all of us,” Harbaugh said. “If you or I went to our jobs and only worked with half the people there, we would be fired. And everyone would understand. It’s time we held Congress to the same standard that we hold ourselves.”

Joe Miller, who is running the Ohio House 56th District, was in attendance at the Cordray and Sutton rally in Lorain as part of his campaign’s final push.

“We’ll be out in Sheffield Lake, Vermilion and the Cinco de Mayo parade in Lorain (Saturday),” Miller said. “We also have people at the Big Parade in Oberlin getting the word out.”

Miller said he has been out talking with people and has learned more about the needs of the community.

“Everyone knows about things like the opioid crisis, which is very serious, and things like that,” he said. “But there are other issues that are affecting people, such as the lack of public transportation in the area and how that affects elderly individuals who can’t drive.”

Domestic relations judicial candidate Michael Duff also was part of the Cinco de Mayo parade in Lorain.

“We’re going to 28th Street with the famous firetruck for Cinco de Mayo,” Duff said.

Duff and his campaign caused some ruckus when he parked a fire truck at the corner of Lake and North Abbe roads.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 440-329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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