Shawna Roberts (D) and incumbent Bill Johnson (R) will face off on the ballot Nov. 6th to represent Ohio’s 6th Congressional District.
With the 6th Congressional District making up the eastern portion of the state and including the counties of Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Noble, and Washington and areas of Athens, Mahoning, Muskingum, Scioto, and Tuscarawas counties, knowing which candidate has the best interests of the county in mind, and which will remember those who elected them after taking office are big factors voters must take into consideration before casting their votes.
Both candidates were posed with the question, “how could voters be sure they would not be forgotten, and would be properly represented if elected?”.
Shawna Roberts :
“I feel like in eastern and southeastern Ohio we get forgotten. All along the river. It’s an ignored group and it drives me crazy. I’ve lived in the district for over 16 years and I’ve seen us go through bad times, where in 2009 we were in really bad shape and we’ve inched out of that little by little, but we’re still behind. It drives me crazy to watch my opponent say that we are below the National Average for unemployment, when there are pockets that are much higher. We still have too much unemployment, we still have too much child poverty, we are among the highest in the nation. We’re lagging behind on all these things and we are important. We are continually dismissed,” said Roberts.
“I want my kids to live here. I don’t want them to do what has been going on for years now, which is you grow up, look around and try to figure out what job you can do, leave the area for work, and come back to retire. A few people stay, but there are not enough jobs. We need to diversify our jobs, make sure we have the infrastructure to support it, which is now a huge fight. What this area needs in order to develop, and developments needs hope better jobs, hope after recovery to carry on. In order to get that sense of hope we need that infrastructure….We need people that are going to pay attention and I live here and I want my kids to stay here. I want them to be able to have a place that they feel they can be a part of and help grow, and that’s why you can count on me to stick around and fight for us,” said Roberts.
Bill Johnson :
“I left the private sector as a small business owner after also having served in the Air Force for nearly 27 years to run for Congress back in 2010, because I felt that America was headed in the wrong direction — there were too many career politicians who didn’t have other life experiences to draw from, spending too much time inside the Beltway instead of being out on the road meeting with, and listening to, those they served, said Johnson.
“I believe my track record in office speaks for itself, and I’m on the road constantly throughout this 18 county district listening to those I am privileged to represent. I work for them, they don’t work for me. That’s not going to change. Many of the pieces of legislation I have introduced, like the POWER Counties Act that would direct more dollars to counties in which federal energy leasing takes place, and the MAPPING NOW Act (now law) to determine which communities are unserved and underserved when it comes to broadband connectivity, so federal investment can be better targeted to regions of the country that need it most (like ours). These pieces of legislation have been signed into law, and they were directly shaped by comments, concerns, and ideas I received from people in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio.”