Mandel to make visit to Wapak

A Republican candidate for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat is making a stop in the Wapak-oneta area next week to answer questions and educate local citizens on his stance.

The Allen and Auglaize County Patriots groups are hosting state Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is seeking to oust Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in the November election.

Mandel is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 at The Grand Plaza, in Wapakoneta, and he will give a 15-20 minute introduction, and then he will answer questions from the audience.

Allen County Patriots Chair Bob Thompson asked Mandel to come to the area after he listened to a conference call that included Mandel and Jim Jordan, along with a few other politicians.

“He’s very articulate, bright and quick on his feet,” Thompson said. “He’s a breath of fresh air.”

Thompson said this event is an opportunity to meet Mandel, and learn about him, along with being able to ask him questions.

“It isn’t often you meet a politician,” Thompson said. “If you have a topic you are interested in, come in and sit down and ask questions.”

The event is free and is open to the public.

Mandel, who is a Marine Corps veteran, served two tours in Iraq.

In 2006, he was elected state office and served as state representative from the 17th Ohio House District, and in 2008 he was

re-elected for a second term.

While serving as the Ranking Member of the Financial Institutions, Real Estate and Securities Committee, he dealt with issues concerning banking, investments and other financial matters. He also served as vice chair of the Public Utilities Committee and has been a leader in the area of energy policy, advocating for exploration of Ohio’s natural resources.

As treasurer Mandel has a record of advancing the free enterprise system, advocating for limited government, and standing up to bureaucrats who treat businesses as if they’re “guilty until proven innocent,” according to the website,

In his four years in the state Legislature, Mandel focused on the issues of restoring fiscal sanity to government, expanding school choice, improving the state’s business climate through free market principles, and protecting family values and The Constitution, according

Awards that Mandel has received involving his leadership on these issues and others include “Legislature Courage Award,” by Moms for Ohio, “Rookie of the Year,” by the non-partisan Columbus Monthly Magazine and “Watchdog of the Treasury,” by the United Conservatives of Ohio.

Mandel and his wife, Ilene, reside in the Cleveland area. He holds a bachelor degree from The Ohio State University and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.