Mandel runs on job growth

A Republican candidate for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat says he is focusing his campaign on creating jobs in the Buckeye State and basing his campaign on the fact he is a candidate of the people and not beholden to either party.

Ohio’s state Treasurer Josh Mandel, who was elected in 2010, is seeking to oust Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who was elected to his current position in 2007.

“I am running for the United States Senate because no longer can I stomach the gridlock and partisanship in Washington that has bankrupted Social Security, bankrupted Medicare and caused one-half million jobs to leave Ohio in the past decade,” Mandel told the Wapakoneta Daily News during a stop at the office during a campaign along Interstate 75. “I believe the federal government has so many regulations that it is killing small businesses, especially family manufacturers throughout west-central Ohio and I think the federal government has to do a better job of creating an environment for small businesses to thrive and grow.”

He said the federal government’s takeover of health care was wrong and the United States will start to look more like France or Canada if it isn’t rescinded.

He also considers the natural resources in Ohio and the United States as assets and not liabilities. He favors drilling if they can be extracted responsibly ensuring “the air we breathe and the water we drink.” He also supports permitting the Keystone XL pipeline which would extend from Canada to Texas.

“Anything we can do to produce energy here in America instead of having to purchase it from radical Islamic countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia then the safer we will be here long-term and the lower the prices will be at the gas pumps,” Mandel said.

He also noted it is fiscally irresponsible to have a $15 trillion debt, with $1 trillion being owned by China.

But the ultimate issue of this campaign is jobs.

“The main three issues we are concentrating on this campaign are jobs, jobs and jobs,” Mandel said, noting Ohio has lost 500,000 jobs and 3,500 factories in the last decade of Brown’s leadership. “I believe the people of Ohio are hungry for a new generation of leadership — I think they want leaders who sound a little different, look a little different, feel a little different and have the backbone and the guts to stand up to Republican bosses and Democratic bosses for a long time.”

The state representative from northeast Ohio noted he nailed a pair of shoes to his office wall when he was elected to the state Legislature to remind him whom he represents and the type of person he truly is.  

“I consider myself a gritty, hard working guy who puts my constituents before my party, and I frankly think one of the main problems we have in Columbus and Washington today is that while the American citizenry is becoming more independent unfortunately too many people in elected office have come to care more about the ‘D’ or the ‘R’ next to their name then doing the right thing,” Mandel said. “I am proud to have a record that shows me standing up to Republican bosses and Democratic bosses to do what is right for my constituents.”

With a look that he may not be old enough to vote, Mandel, 34, cast votes as a city councilor and a state representative and now serves as the state treasurer. He noted Ohio has earned the highest rating on the state’s bonds and investments as well as the liquidity portfolio has increased during his short watch.

During his short time in office, he also has cut the office’s budget.

While he has learned much during his time in political office, he learned more on the battlefield.

The former U.S. Marine, who had two tours in Iraq, noted his military service helped shape the candidate he is today.

“The Marine Corps taught me to remain calm under pressure, the Marine Corps taught me discipline, the Marine Corps instilled in me a heightened sense of integrity and unselfishness — doing what is best for others before oneself,” Mandel said. “My time in Iraq also lifted my confidence in the future of America because I served with these men who are so intelligent, so driven and so unselfish.”