WASHINGTON – Last week, Republican Representative Brad Wenstrup announced his intention to be re-elected to the United States House of Representatives in the 2nd Congressional District of Ohio.
Wenstrup, whose district includes Pike County, has led the district since 2012 and is reportedly serving a sixth term in Washington. In his last election, he received over 72% of the county’s vote in 2020.
“I look forward to continuing to represent the workers of southern Ohio as I fight for the safety, security and economic prosperity of everyone I serve.” Wenstrup said in a released statement.
On the issues he will continue to focus on, Wenstrup said it was paramount that steps be taken to strengthen the country’s supply chain, improving access to healthcare, border security, military preparation and care for our country’s veterans.
“We have to stop and think, are we leaving this world a better place for our children and grandchildren,” Wenstrup said. “What we do today has an impact on those we love and on the trajectory of our nation. Today matters and the future matters even more.
The area of Ohio’s second congressional district will be different from the area Wenstrup represented while in Washington.
All of Pike County will remain in this district, but now the eastern counties like Jackson, Lawrence, Gallia, Vinton, Hocking, Meigs and all of Scioto are part of the district. Parts of Ross County and all of Clermont, Adams, Brown and Highland also remain members of the district.
Senate Bill 258 designed the Congressional Districts, which Governor Mike DeWine signed on Saturday.
In a statement, the governor said the map had made “the most progress in producing a fair, compact and competitive map” because it had fewer divisions between counties and cities than the other proposals.
Proposals like that of Ohio Sen Rob McColley, R-Napoleon, would have divided Pike County into two districts – the 2nd and 15th Congressional Districts.
“With seven competitive congressional districts on the SB 258 map, this map significantly increases the number of competitive districts compared to the current map,” DeWine said of the map which retains the cities of Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo. together on the same congressional map for the first time since the 1840s.
SB 258 passed the Ohio House of Representatives last week in a vote of 55-37, meaning that the lack of a bipartisan vote means it will stand for four years, not 10. Rep. Shane Wilkin, R-Hillsboro, voted in favor.
Challenges were thrown at the map this week as Ohio Democrats and left-wing organizations voiced their displeasure.
“Mike DeWine has spent decades in politics looking only for his own interests, and the redistribution process has exposed his inability to look after anyone other than himself, the Party spokesman said. Ohio Democrat Matt Keyes. “DeWine and the Ohio GOP are doing everything and everything they can to stop voters from holding them accountable at the ballot box as they continue to betray Ohioans every time. instant. “
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