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Olivito will stand up for region

To the editor:

You don’t have to look at a calendar to know it’s election season. All you have to do is read the lies, half-truths and rumors written about candidates in letters to the editor.

Let me do it the other way and tell you the truth about a good candidate that I support. Richard Olivito is running to be our state representative for Ohio’s 96th district, which encompasses Jefferson County, Monroe County and the cities in Belmont County that border the Ohio River. From early in his career, Rich has been an advocate for people. As far back as the late 1980s, he wrote the first Ohio minimum wage hike proposal for then-Gov. Dick Celeste and helped to get it passed in 1988. In his job at the Ohio Department of Labor, he worked on prevailing wage law enforcement.

In addition, he created the proposal that protected teenage workers in Ohio. That proposal became a law on teenage curfew so that employers could not overwork teens and allow them to make their education the top priority. Olivito’s most important work happened right here in the Ohio Valley, when he aided the Justice Department with establishing consent decrees with police departments in Steubenville and Warren that changed the face of and improved their safety forces.

Working people have always been able to count on Olivito, and they know it. Their support is evident in the numerous labor group endorsements he already has received, with the latest coming from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for Good Government and the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters. But most of all, Olivito is committed to carrying on the tradition of his family’s honorable public service that was established by his beloved father, the late Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Dominick Olivito.

I hope you’ll join me in casting your vote for Richard Olivito to represent us in the Ohio General Assembly. I know he will do right by us in Columbus.

Jeanette Panebianco

Mingo Junction

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