Brown, who is running for the U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Sen. Mike DeWine in November, said his campaign will focus on issues such as workers' rights, fair trade, gas prices and health care.
Brown's wife, Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize winner, met with some 85 people including Boilermaker's apprentices on Thursday morning at the Boilermaker's Union Hall in Pike County.
“No matter where you go in all 88 counties in the state, the main concerns are education, jobs and health care,” Schultz said. “You can look at the employment picture here and it might not look so bad until you look at how underemployed people are. There are a lot of low-paying jobs, and Sherrod wants to work to raise the minimum wage.”
Schultz grew up in Ashtabula and said she came from a low-income family. A 1979 graduate of Kent State University, Schultz received her degree in journalism and became a freelance writer.
After making a decision to quit Marshall University Law School, she took her first and only newspaper job at The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, where a series of columns landed her a Pulitzer and led to her meeting her future husband.
“Sherrod e-mailed me after reading a column and said ‘Where did the Plain Dealer find you?' We had our first date on Jan. 1, 2003, became engaged on Thanksgiving and were married on April 10, 2004,” she said.
The two were in New York for Brown's daughter's birthday when they received word that Schultz had received the award.
Brown is in the process of traveling through 13 counties on his “Independence from Special Interests” tour.
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