“I’m running for Congress because I believe northwest Ohio is in need of real change,” Weirauch said. “The only way to make that change is to move away from the politics of the past. Like Ted Strickland, I’m practical, and I’ll work with the small businesses, labor, farmers and local elected officials of both parties to keep and create good jobs in our region.
“I believe Washington is broken. When I’m in Congress I plan to shake things up and take on real issues that affect our families. Keeping and creating good jobs in our region by negotiating trade agreements that protect American workers.”
Weirauch offered her comments at the former site of TRW’s Kelsey-Hayes plant north of Fremont.
Before Weirauch spoke, Larry Dinan spoke briefly. He is a former employee of the plant. He said the wages and benefits were good at the plant, then work was moved to various other locations. He said a majority of the work was moved to a plant in Canada.
“I want to thank Larry for sharing his story,” Weirauch said. “Unfortunately, for too many this is a very familiar story in these parts. Too many of our neighbors have have worked hard and played by the rules with the promise of economic security and a good pension and health care into their golden years. But unfortunately they found those promises to be shattered. In fact, Washington isn’t listening to these stories.”
Weirauch said the region is witnessing the legacy of failed trade policies that she said have crippled American manufacturing and moved jobs overseas. She said the trade policies also have created stagnant wages as well.
“We need to change the way Washington is doing business,” Weirauch said. “That’s why I’m calling on a moratorium on faulty trade deals.”
Weirauch said she will work hard as a congresswoman to make sure the United States does not sell off the economy piece by piece to India and China.
“That’s just bad business,” she said.
Weirauch said she also would work to confront businesses that send jobs overseas and will work to foster a good economy that will allow businesses to stay in the United States while being competitive in the global economy.
“That’s why I plan to fight for tax incentives for companies that proudly display the ‘Made in USA’ label.
“This fight isn’t going to be easy. But I believe it’s the right thing to do for America, and certainly for northwest Ohio families.”
PHOTO BY KEVIN RISNER
Robin Weirauch, the Democrat candidate in the 5th Congressional District special election race, speaks about job creation at the former site of TRW’s Kelsey-Hayes plant north of Fremont Thursday.