An estimated 50 community members and supporters attended the official opening of the new Jeffrey Lehart Campaign office on Monday July 28, 2014 at 105 South Main Street in Cardington.
Lehart is running for the Ohio House District 87 seat. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern made the trip to Cardington to show his support for Lehart.
Campaign manager Bryce Coder introduced Lehart to the crowd who opened the event by saying “I want to thank everybody for coming and I want to thank Chris Redfern who came all the way from Port Clinton to be here with us. Big things are happening in the campaign. People believe what we say and we are going to do what we say. That is part of my campaign promise.”
Lehart thanked all the volunteers and stated that he was going to “work to make sure women’s rights were restored, education is invested in and we are going to make sure workers stay protected.”
Lehart then introduced Chairman Redfern. “I’m glad to be back here. I’ve been here a few times. This is what I know about the activists in this part of the district.” Redfern explained, “There are those who believe in investing in public education, protecting and lifting up women and making strong communities. Historically the progressive movement has come from rural districts. That is why this area matters. It is because people in rural areas understand what we are up against as working people and what is right and frankly what is wrong.
Redfern shared that Lehart has the values of the progressive movement. That the bible states it is the obligation of the strong to accept the infirmities of the weak. “That is in school funding, that is in Medicaid that is in environment, women’s rights, worker’s rights. If you are guided that way, more often than not you will have progressive values. Jeff has those values,” he said.
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