As part of our Lorain County Candidate Forum in September, we were happy to hear from Tommie Patton for the Rob Portman campaign, and David Arrendondo, vice-chairman of the Lorain County Republican Party and advocate for the complete Republican ticket including Donald Trump. Lorain County hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan, but Donald Trump has stirred a lot of enthusiasm in both the rural areas as well as with some Democrats in the north. Rob Portman seems to have a more comfortable lead in the leads, but nothing can be taken for granted in this intense election cycle.
Rob Portman, Senate – Tommie Patton spoke of Portman as a common-sense conservative. He has been endorsed by the Teamsters, the Ohio Farm Workers, Fraternal Order of Police, NRA among others. He has worked on bi-partisan issues such as the Algae blooms in Lake Erie and the Addiction & Recovery Act which are important to many Ohio citizens. She finally reminded voters that the Senate confirms or rejects nominees to the Supreme Court and it is important for Republicans to hold the Senate.
David Arrendono spoke on behalf of the Republican ticket in 2016. Despite being a Rubio delegate and then a Ted Cruz supporter, Arrendondo is enthusiastically supporting Donald Trump for President. He cautioned against discord within the party by Republicans who are not supporting Trump by reminding everybody that judicial nominees and the entire Washington bureaucracy operates through direction of the President. The best way to promote a conservative agenda is to vote for Donald Trump.
We thank these advocates for giving their time on a Saturday morning to speak to our group. And to the reader… if you have read this far and watched the videos then you are one of the more engaged citizens in Lorain County. Please share this information and your thoughts with other voters and help our county become a more civic-minded community.
“Wherever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Thomas Jefferson, 1789
“Because the truth is, the country doesn’t need voters who have to be cajoled, enticed, or persuaded to cast a ballot. We need voters who wish to participate in the process.” Mike Rowe, 2016