Bipartisan Ohio freshman lawmakers group tour rural counties
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bipartisan group of freshman Ohio lawmakers has completed the first of planned tours around the state, beginning with rural counties.
The group of four Democrats and four Republicans on Friday visited the Wilson Football Factory in Ada, whose customers include the NFL; the Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative in Kenton; and One Energy Wind Turbine Campus in Findlay.
Republican representatives in the group were Haraz Ghanbari (hah-RAZ’ gahn-BAR’-ee) of Perrysburg, Don Jones of Freeport, Susan Manchester of Waynesfield and Jon Cross of Kenton. A final stop included Manchester’s Auglaize County family farm.
Democrats were Terrence Upchurch of Cleveland, Casey Weinstein of Hudson, Juanita Brent of Cleveland and Allison Russo of Upper Arlington.
Ghanbari said the goal was to help connect lawmakers’ work in Columbus with local communities throughout Ohio.