LIMA — Three Democrats have thrown their hats in the ring in an attempt to unseat U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan for Ohio’s 4th Congressional District seat.
Norbert Dennerll Jr., Janet Garrett and Daniel Johnson face off in the Democratic primary March 15. The winner will face Jordan, who is not being challenged in the Republican primary.
The district includes all or parts of Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Logan, Lorain, Marion, Mercer, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby and Union counties.
Dennerll, 86 and a former Marine, is no stranger to politics. Dennerll served three terms on Cleveland City Council from 1957-1964. He also won the Democratic primary in 1964 for the former 23rd District seat before losing to William Minshall Jr. in the general election. The former district included much of what makes up today’s 4th District.
Dennerll said he became interested in running because he felt more needed to be done to bring money into the district.
“Businesses are leaving and taking the jobs with them,” Dennerll said. “We need jobs and I believe we can bring money back to this district.”
Dennerll said he would also like to improve services for veterans and would like to see education improve. He said he would help get rid of red tape that kept veterans waiting for several months to get services they deserved.
Dennerll said he would support the Democratic nominee for the seat if he did not win.
Garrett, of Oberlin, said she has always been involved as a political activist. However, she felt she had to get involved as a candidate. Garrett won the Democratic primary in 2014 before losing to Jordan in the general election.
“I was very upset when nobody ran against him the last time,” Garrett said. “I was teaching at the time and it made it hard to run a campaign. I retired in June, and it closed up my calendar.”
Garrett said she could better represent the people of the 4th District. She said Jordan has voted against violence against women and equal pay for women. She said she planned on spending a full day in each county to get her message across.
“This is a poor district where I am hearing the same theme,” Garrett said. “We are hurting for good jobs. We should be doing so much better in this district.”
Johnson, of Plain City, is listed as an attorney. He could not be reached after several attempts to a phone number he listed with his candidate filing in Loraine County. A number found to his office online was no longer working.
Jordan has been serving as the representative of the 4th District since 2007.
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