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The Suburbanite
  • U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel visits Stark

  • Ohio treasurer makes two stops, touring Young Truck Sales in Perry Township and later Fiber Corr of Massillon.

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  • Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, the Republican candidate for U.S. senator, appeared at a local truck dealership and parts company Tuesday and gave his vision for what Stark County will be like by 2018 if he’s elected.
    “Stark County ... will have experienced more success in keeping young people here,” Mandel said at a meeting at the company Young Truck Sales on Southway Street SW. “There’ll be more jobs and better paying jobs in Stark County. ... we need to do a better job of injecting pride in young people to work good blue collar jobs and make things with their hands and operate machines.”
    When asked what legislation he would pass, he said, “The way to create a better environment for economic growth in Stark County ... is not to create more laws and regulations. Actually, it’s to get Washington out of the way. That’s actually a local issue educating young people. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be a leader on it.”
    During his nearly hourlong visit and tour, Mandel, 34, of Lyndhurst, who is running against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, 59, of Avon, shook hands, handed out business cards and talked with some of Young Truck Sales’ 112 employees about his service as a Marine, vocational education and environmentally responsible oil and gas drilling in Ohio.
    Mandel told Young executives he believes he has gained support because “right now, we’re running a completely positive campaign. ... Sherrod Brown’s campaign thus far has been completely negative. ... You think he’d have at least one positive thing to say about himself.”
    Mandel’s campaign has produced ads highlighting his service as a Marine. Meanwhile, groups that support Republicans have run commercials against Brown and Brown’s campaign has produced commercials criticizing Mandel for missing meetings as treasurer, his out-of-state fundraising and hiring people from his campaign as staffers in the treasurer’s office.
    Mandel countered that Ohio’s bond ratings have been upgraded while he has been treasurer and that he cut his office’s spending by $1 million.
    Brown’s campaign issued a statement Tuesday that said, “Josh Mandel will say anything to take the focus off his numerous anti-middle-class positions, including his opposition to the auto rescue that protected nearly 850,000 jobs in Ohio and the fact that he broke a campaign promise and hired unqualified political cronies in the treasurer’s office while ignoring his job.”
    Mandel decried the high national debt and excessive federal regulation of businesses and called for a moratorium on all new federal regulations and halting “giving welfare to countries that harbor Islamic terrorists” like Pakistan.
    Mandel’s “jobs plan” calls for cutting federal spending to 2009 levels, freezing nondefense discretionary spending, limiting federal spending to 20 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, avoiding a repeat of the 2008 bank bailout, eliminating “artificial” barriers to drilling, allowing the Keystone pipeline project to proceed, repealing the federal estate tax, simplifying the tax code, repealing the Affordable Care Act and allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines.
    Page 2 of 2 - Mandel said he supports extending the temporary subsidized undergraduate Stafford loan rate of 3.4 percent, which is set to double  July 1. He said one way to provide the $6 billion to pay for a one-year extension is to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
    Mandel later visited FiberCorr Mills in Massillon before heading for Wooster.