Ohio Dems Make Final Push for 9th District Spot
LAKEWOOD, Ohio –
The three Democrats running for the newly drawn 9th Congressional District made some of their final pitches to voters Sunday, ahead of Super Tuesday’s primary vote.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich appeared at a late afternoon rally with a special guest: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
The new redistricting eliminated Kucinich’s district; so now, he’s running in the primary against Toledo Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and newcomer Graham Veysey.
Kennedy Jr. on Sunday told the crowd that Kucinich is an important voice to keep in Congress, because he’s one of the few members who’s actually willing to stand up to powerful interests.
Kennedy Jr. also said that Kucinich understands the importance of investing in new energy technologies, which can create new jobs and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
Kaptur, who currently represents Ohios’ 9th Congressional District, spent the weekend meeting with voters in her hometown of Toledo.
The congresswoman’s campaign on Sunday issued the following statement to Fox 8 News:
“Congresswoman Kaptur remains confident heading into the final week. We see many signs that her message of job creation and getting real results has connected with the voters.”
Meanwhile, the long shot Democrat in this race is Veysey, who went door-to-door in Lakewood Sunday courting votes.
Veysey says his campaign will be outspent by his two better known opponents, but he won’t be outhustled. And, he sees his status as the young underdog in the race as offering a message he can take to voters.
“I’m a David versus two Goliaths, up against two career politicians who’ve been around for seventy years. We need a fresh approach, and it’s not going to be fixed with two folks who’ve been politicians for a combined seventy years,” said Veysey.
Veysey says that he learned the importance in politics of campaigning door-to-door when he was a field organizer for Obama’s presidential run in 2008.