Congressional candidate Dr. Victoria Wulsin was in Portsmouth on Tuesday, to meet with supporters and discuss local issues, including the City Center development project.
"Government in Washington should be accountable to the people of Scioto County, just like everyone else," said Wulsin, who is seeking to unseat Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland). "For too long, folks in this area have not had a representative in Congress who puts them first."
In May, Wulsin addressed the Portsmouth City Council to publicly support the City Center redevelopment initiative on Chillicothe Street. Wulsin said that is an example of the kind of project she will seek federal money for in Congress.
"The economy in southern Ohio has been heading in the wrong direction for a while, and we can't expect local governments to be able to turn it around on their own," she said.
Wulsin's early support for the City Center redevelopment has earned her praise from leaders in organized labor, business and the arts community, said Shawnee Labor Council representative Austin Keyser
"Vic Wulsin has shown not only that she understands local issues, but that she will fight for us in Congress," Keyser said.
Wulsin spoke about the City Center redevelopment, as well as other local issues at a reception hosted by local businessman Terry Ockerman.
"Vic Wulsin understands part of her job in Congress will be to support projects like the City Center redevelopment and overhauling Portsmouth's hilltop sewer system," said campaign spokesman Kevin Franck.
"Politicians in Washington tend to put themselves first or special interests first, but Vic Wulsin will always put the people of Portsmouth and the rest of the Second District first," Franck said.