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Bill Johnson has earned re-elecion

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, has represented our region of Ohio so well since 2011 that the last time he was on the ballot, in 2018, he won nearly 70 percent of the vote. That is a whopping vote of confidence in Johnson — and he has earned it.

An Air Force veteran who retired as a lieutenant colonel, Johnson’s background is impressive. Born and raised on a family farm where he learned traditional values such as respect for hard work, Johnson is a 21st century leader who, after military service, helped create two information technology companies.

Qualifications are not everything, however. Issues matter — and on them, Johnson has represented Eastern Ohio very well. He has fought successfully for coal and natural gas jobs, stood up for gun rights, defended the right to life of the unborn and insisted that Social Security, Medicare and other programs for senior citizens be maintained and funded adequately.

Johnson has battled for expanded access to the Internet in rural areas — questioning, it should be noted, government maps that are inaccurate in showing where broadband is available.

He is a champion of local control of schools, benefits for veterans and affordable health care for all, including those with pre-existing conditions.

On pressing national issues, Johnson’s thinking mirrors that of most of those he serves. He wants concrete action to reduce the national debt. As you might imagine, he is a perceptive advocate for a strong military.

Unlike some lawmakers, Johnson still considers Eastern Ohio his home. Whenever possible, he is active in his district, listening to the concerns of his constituents. And, as some can testify, he gets involved and often gets results for those he serves.

He has been the complete, effective package representing our area in Washington. For that reason, area residents should re-elect him to the House of Representatives when they vote in the Nov. 3 election.

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