To the editor,
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, is running for re-election this year. Brown has been our senator for several years. What has he done for Ohio? Have you ever seen him in our area? Have you ever called his office? What is his record?
To my knowledge Brown has always voted the party line. I have called his office to voice my opinion about various topics.
Most of the time, I have been placed on hold for seven to 10 minutes. I have even been disconnected.
I called his office recently to ask about two things - his stance on DOMA and the e-verify system. I spoke with a woman who could not answer my questions, but told me that he would personally get back to me via e-mail or a letter.
I have received several of his "personal" responses to e-mails. There is nothing personal about the response - it is his prepared rhetoric about the issue, and he implies that the people of Ohio support his decisions.
Brown's opponent in the upcoming election is our current treasurer, Josh Mandel, Republican. Mandel has a record of public service.
After serving eight years in the Marine Corps with two tours in Iraq as an intelligence specialist, Mandel ran for state representative from the 17th Ohio House District.
During his four years in the Legislature, Mandel worked on such issues as fiscal discipline, improving the state's business climate and reversing the exodus of young people from Ohio.
Mandel was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for "superior performance of his duties" during both tours in Iraq.
In addition to his military service, Mandel has other qualifications that will make him an excellent senator. His education includes a bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. Mandel also completed the Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance Program at Harvard University.
He is committed to fiscal responsibility in the state of Ohio. The combination of these qualifications will add a member to the Senate who is knowledgeable about finances and fiscal responsibility.
Mandel recently launched his campaign for the Senate by visiting a business in Dillonvale. His present campaign will continue across 23 counties.
During his visit in Dillonvale, he reported some of his concerns for our area. Mandel discussed job opportunities, such as coal mining and manufacturing jobs, which have declined in our area.
He discussed his beliefs about the impact that the Obama Administration, supported by Brown, has had on those job opportunities. Some of Mandel's ideas for improving the economy include tax reforms such as a flatter income tax, eliminating the death tax and reducing corporate taxes. Mandel also supports repealing government-run health care (Obamacare).
We have a choice in November. Brown has shown that he will vote along party lines, no matter what the people of Ohio want. Mandel, with a record of service to our country, will serve the people of Ohio.
Michalene A. King