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The Suburbanite
  • Mandel campaigns for Senate seat in Summit County

  • U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel offers himself as an agent for a needed change in the Washington, D.C., political culture.

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  • Promising not to fall in line with the Washington, D.C., status-quo political establishment, candidate Josh Mandel offered himself as an agent for much-needed change.
    “No one in Washington is going to push me around,” said Mandel, the Republican candidate challenging incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown for a six-year U.S. Senate term.
    Mandel, currently Ohio’s state treasurer, emphatically mentioned his desire to push for fiscal restraints during a campaign speech Wednesday at the 356th Fighter Group restaurant, which is adjacent to the Akron-Canton Airport in the Summit County community of Green.
    The event was attended by about 70 people. Mandel, 35, who is from the Cleveland area, was elected state treasurer in 2010.
    “I believe Washington is broken,” said Mandel, explaining his decision to seek a U.S. Senate seat Nov. 6 after only two years as state treasurer. “Democrat and Republican political bosses have let us down. The only way to change Washington is to change the people we send there. We don’t have six years (a U.S. Senate term) to wait because today 400,000 Ohioans are out of work.”
    Mandel’s opponent, Brown, has a long political history in Ohio. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006.
    “This campaign is not about two shades of gray,” Mandel said. “It is about two different kinds of people.”
    Brown, according to Mandel, represents liberal political policies.
    During his speech, Mandel itemized issues he would focus on as senator.
    One would be “inject fiscal sanity in Washington.”
    Mandel continued said the Senate has not approved a budget in more than three years.
    “In my mind, passing a budget is the bare minimum,” Mandel said, adding that the goal should be a balanced budget.
    He also advocated a top-to-bottom review of federal government programs and agencies to find opportunities for savings. He also wants a tax code reform.
    He also was critical of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which is pegged to President Barack Obama.
     “For the first time in American history, we have the federal government taking over health care,” Mandel said.
    As a result of government intrusion in medical care, Mandel said many physicians are practicing medicine in health care groups.
    Upon his arrival, Mandel drew enthusiastic applause from the audience.
    “We need change, and I think that is a big issue with this election cycle,” said Ashley Sears of the Hartville area. “A lot of people want someone who represents their interests.”