By RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
Tony Brush of Pierce Township, Ohio, joins a growing list of Republican candidates challenging the incumbent Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt for the Republican nomination in Ohio’s Second Congressional District this spring.
Brush, 49, lives with his wife, Trisha, and works as a project manager for Tata Consultancy Services.
“I am in this race because ultimately I feel a sense of duty,” Brush said. “I have spent 12 years in the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve. The priorities instilled in me were God, Country and the Corps, in that order.”
A native of Minnesota, Brush enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1985. He worked at Grand Canyon National Park and for the Corps in Overland Park, Kansas, before being honorably discharged in 1996. He graduated from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, in 2001 with a B.S. degree in computer information systems.
Brush moved to Ohio in 2003.
If elected, he said his priorities will include supporting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, reducing the national debt, and supporting and enacting term limits for members of Congress.
“Congress’ sole purpose is to serve the needs of their constituents,” Brush said. “Instead, there is growing fear and mounting disdain for politicians whose only goals seem to be growing their personal wealth and power. Limiting Congressional terms to 12 years will reduce the impact and control of lobbying groups, as well as taking members of Congress’ focus off of constant fund raising.”
Incumbent candidate Jean Schmidt took the district in 2005, and is seeking re-election this year.
In addition to Brush and Schmidt, Fred Kundrata, Brad Wenstrup, and Joe Green are also seeking the Republican nomination for Ohio’s Second U.S. House District in March.
Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 235, or email@example.com.