HARRISON COUNTY is becoming a magnet for heavyweight political visitors. Just a few short weeks ago, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel paid a visit. Mandel, who lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in November’s election, is a golden boy in the state’s Republican Party.
This past Monday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown also staged a visit to Harrison County. Brown is a veteran politician who defeated Mandel in November.
Brown toured the Freeport Press and Harrison Community Hospital. He did some politicking and handshaking, but more importantly, he listened.
Brown heard several issues of local importance.
One dealt with a Tiger Discretionary Grant, for which the county is in the initial stages of applying for. It would assist with economic development in the county.
The senator also heard concerns about retirement funding and another with the oil and gas industry in Harrison County. The latter has meant much to the viability and economic stature of the county. Oil and gas operations are making a huge and positive impact, providing well-paying jobs which have had beneficial ripple effects throughout the county.
The new-found wealth is obviously a reason why big-ticket politicians are trekking to Harrison County. It is a trend that we hope continues.
When the Mandels and Browns pay local visits, they become more in tune with our needs and what we have to offer. When politicians of their stature come calling, it is a no-lose situation.
We relish these visits and hope they provide long-term dividends.