U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson has represented our portion of Eastern Ohio well during his first two years in office, and it's clear he should be returned to the House of Representatives.
Johnson's background makes his a good fit with his district. The Marietta Republican grew up on family farms and understands the rural nature of much of his district. He had a distinguished career in the Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He has been involved in high-tech small business.
Johnson has fought back against President Barack Obama's war on coal - which Johnson realizes will increase electric bills for virtually everyone in Ohio and kill jobs throughout the state.
Like most of his constituents, Johnson wants health care reform, but understands Obamacare - the new national health care law - will cost many constituents hundreds or thousands of dollars a year. Some will lose the health insurance they have now.
Johnson is calling for education reform, less regulatory burden that keeps businesses from creating jobs, a fair trade policy that safeguards Ohio jobs, taxes held as low as possible, spending cuts to address the national debt and respect for basic values.
Two years ago, voters in Ohio's 6th Congressional District refused to re-elect Charlie Wilson to Congress. They disliked his support of many Obama administration initiatives. Now Wilson is running against Johnson again.
Voters have had no reason to second-guess their decision. Johnson is right for the 6th District and should be re-elected when voters go to the polls on Nov. 6.