Sunday, October 22, 2017
OBERLIN (TiffinOhio.net Politics)
Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio’s 4th Congressional District Janet Garrett (D), of Oberlin, said Saturday evening in a tweet that President Donald J. Trump “should be ashamed of himself” for disrespecting the family members of Sgt. La David Johnson.
Johnson was one of four American military personnel killed nearly two weeks ago in a deadly raid in Niger, in which the soldiers’ families had reportedly not heard from Trump until Tuesday.
Rep. Frederica Wilson said that Trump told the widow that Johnson “knew what he signed up for.” (See attached article for more info)
Garrett is a candidate in the 2018 U.S. House race in Ohio’s 4th congressional district. If she wins the Democratic primary in early 2018, she will be running against incumbent Jim Jordan (R), of Urbana, for the third time in the 2018 election – her first two times have been unsuccessful so far, winning around 30% of the vote each year (2014 and 2016).
One of the challenges Garrett, along with many other Democratic politicians in the state of Ohio, face is the issue of gerrymandering.
Ohio Republicans have drawn congressional districts in their favor so that they are able to win more seats, making it difficult for Democrats to be elected – a process known as gerrymandering.
Jim Jordan (R) benefits greatly from Republican-controlled gerrymandering, winning around 67% of the vote in both his 2014 and 2016 elections against Garrett. Jordan is also a recipient of a large amount of outside money, including contributions from infamous lobbyists known as the Koch Brothers (of Koch Industries).
Ohio’s 2018 primary election day is scheduled for May 8, with the 2018 general election being scheduled for Nov. 6, 2018.