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Democrats campaign bus tour stops in Lorain County

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    The Ohio Democratic Party's "People First" tour bus stopped on Ely Square in Elyria for a press conference L-R Sharon Sweda, state senate candidate, David Pepper, Ohio democratic party chairman, Janet Garrett, congressional candidate, Kelly Kraus Mencke, state House candidate, James Johnson, state House candidate, and Dan Ramos the sitting member of the Ohio house.

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LORAIN — Betty Sutton said Monday during a campaign stop that she wants local voters to help bring a “blue wave” of Democrat candidates to the Lake Erie shore.

The former Democratic congresswoman and current candidate for lieutenant governor urged residents to get out and register to vote by today and said that Lorain County is “full of good people who want to work hard.”

Standing in the shade of a small tree at Lakeview Park before a crowd of approximately 20 supporters — many of whom sported T-shirts supporting her running mate Richard Cordray — Sutton said registering to vote in the Nov. 6 election and voting on Election Day “could not be more important” than it is now.

Sutton was in Lorain as part of the Ohio Democratic Party’s “People First” Bus Tour, which is making its way around the state to discuss the party’s “blueprint” for this year’s election and to voter turnout.

Also at the event were Janet Garrett, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, whose district includes Elyria, Amherst and Oberlin, and Sharon Sweda, the Democrat running against state Rep. Nathan Manning, R-North Ridgeville, in the state’s 13th Senate District. State Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, and Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper also were there.

The group — without Sutton — also made a similar stop in Elyria’s Ely Square later Monday.

Today is the last day to register to vote, which this year is possible at Sutton pushed the website as she stumped for what she said were Democratic priorities, including accessible and affordable health care, lower drug prices for senior citizens, good paying jobs, women’s rights, union rights, proper use of taxpayer dollars and educational opportunities for all.

“Our goal and our aim will always be to put people first,” Sutton said.

Sutton also mentioned the embattled Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow charter school and controversies surrounding former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, two scandals that Democrats have blamed on Republican dominance in Columbus. Rosenberger resigned earlier this year after it became public he was the subject of an FBI investigation that includes his connections to the payday-lending industry.

Sutton promised to build Ohio’s workforce and invest in its development, and pointed to Lorain County Community College as an example of a college that encouraged investment in higher education, job training and apprenticeship.

A retired teacher and union leader, Garrett urged the crowd to “do what I’m doing: Get involved,” and “stand up for the values that make this country great.”

She called Washington, D.C., “broken.”

An Amherst businesswoman and the daughter of a union autoworker, Sweda said she would fight for better health care coverage for Ohioans. It isn’t right, she said, “when a doctor’s visit becomes an economic decision rather than a medical one.”

“We pay more when people have no coverage,” Sweda said.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’ Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.

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