Ted Strickland Announces Endorsements From 30 NW Ohio Leaders, Visits Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Program

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson: Strickland has always fought for the working people of NW Ohio and that’s what he’ll do in the U.S. Senate

COLUMBUS, OH — Today Ted Strickland joined Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and local elected officials to announce that he has earned the endorsement of 30 Northwest Ohio leaders. The announcement was held at Michael’s restaurant in downtown Toledo.

Prior to announcing the endorsements, Ted met with students participating in a sheet metal apprenticeship program that is associated with Ohio’s auto industry at the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union Training Facility in Rossford. Ted pledged to support workforce training and continuing education programs in the U.S. Senate, like the bipartisan LEAP ACT which would provide tax credits to businesses that offer apprenticeships. Ted also highlighted his opposition to unfair trade policies like those supported by Senator Portman which have hurt Northwest Ohio’s economy and spoke about the contrast between Senator Portman and himself on the auto-rescue — which Portman called a “lousy deal.” In addition to supporting programs like apprenticeships, Ted has called to make higher education more affordable and accessible by expanding and protecting the Pell Grant and Perkins Loan programs, allowing students to refinance their loans at a fair interest rate, and ultimately working to make higher education debt-free.

“I am grateful to receive the endorsement of these leaders who share my strong commitment to fighting for Ohio’s working people,” said Ted Strickland. “Northwest Ohio’s economy has been rocked by politicians in Washington like Senator Portman who have repeatedly supported unfair trade policies that have shipped Ohio jobs overseas to places like China. In fact, I believe Portman is the best Senator China’s ever had. When it comes to trade policy, the difference between Senator Portman and myself is clear: he voted for 8 bad trade deals and I opposed them. He voted to give China Most Favored Nation trade status, and I opposed it. He voted to fast track the TPP through Congress, and I have always opposed this unfair trade deal because it will hurt working Ohioans in this community and across our state. The truth is that Senator Portman is voting this way because he's looking out for the Washington power brokers and the wealthy special interests he serves. In the U.S. Senate I will fight for Ohio's working people because that’s where I come from and that’s who I care about.”

“I am ecstatic to endorse Ted Strickland,” said Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson. “He has been a true champion for Northwest Ohio and Toledo as our governor, and I know he will bring that same commitment to fighting for Ohio's working people as our next U.S. Senator.”

The list of NW Ohio leaders announcing their support for Ted Strickland includes:

  • Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson

  • Toledo City Councilman Peter Ujvagi

  • State Senator Edna Brown

  • Allen County Democratic Party Chair Beverly McCoy

  • Former Bucyrus Mayor Michael Jacobs

  • Bowling Green City Councilwoman Sandy Rowland

  • Bowling Green City Councilman Mike Aspacher

  • Crawford County Democratic Party Chair Maggie Barth

  • Defiance County Democratic Party Chairman Charlie Gray

  • Erie County Commissioner Tom Ferrell

  • Erie County Democratic Party Chair Amy Grubbe

  • Hancock County Democratic Party Chair Nancy Stephani

  • Henry County Democratic Party Chair Clete Schindler

  • Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada

  • Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken

  • Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez

  • Lucas County Engineer Keith Earley

  • Lucas County Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter

  • Lucas County Recorder Phil Copeland

  • Lucas County Democratic Party Chairman Josh Hughes

  • Maumee City Councilman Tom Wagener

  • Maumee City Councilman John Boellner

  • Oregon City Councilman Terry Reeves

  • Perrysburg City Councilman Rick Rettig

  • Perrysburg Democratic Club Chair Rachel Zickar

  • Paulding County Democratic Party Chair Roger Sierer

  • Sandusky County Democratic Party Chair Richard Stegman

  • Wood County Commissioner Joel Kuhlman

  • Wood County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Zickar

  • Wyandot County Democratic Party Chair Bill Evans

Strickland has earned endorsements from: President Bill Clinton; U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown; Ohio U.S. Representatives Joyce Beatty, Tim Ryan and Marcia Fudge; The United Auto Workers; The AFL-CIO; The Ohio State Council of Machinists; The Ohio College Democrats; The Ohio Education Association; The Tri County Regional Labor Council; The Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6; the Communications Workers of America District 4; UFCW Local 75; The Transport Workers Union, Ohio-Michigan State Conference; The Youngstown Warren Black Caucus; MoveOn.org; Senator Elizabeth Warren; 29 NE Ohio Democratic Leaders; The Ohio Democratic County Chairs Association; The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party.

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