By Frank Lewis
A crowd of supporters turned out on a sunny evening at Tracy Park in Portsmouth Thursday for the official kickoff of Terry Johnson’s (R-McDermott) campaign for re-election to the 90th District of the Ohio House of Representatives.
Johnson was, as in the first campaign, introduced by Colonel Tom Moe of Ohio Veterans United (OVU), a former Vietnam War prisoner of war with John McCain.
“I’m here for two reasons,” Moe told the Daily Times. “One, and the most important, is that Terry is a good friend of mine and he’s a friend because he’s a good person. And I worked with him closely when I was veterans instructor for the state of Ohio. He is still chairman of the Veterans Committee. And we got lots done because of him.”
Moe said the second reason he was at the rally to support Johnson is that he was there to read the endorsement from OVU, an organization he was involved with forming.
Johnson spent a period of time listening to constituents and taking down information about their problems. He then told the Daily Times - “This is about service to the people,” Johnson said. “I think that I have been able to demonstrate in the last three years that I served the people of Ohio’s 90th District that I care about the folks that I represent. We have a lot of problems but we’re solving our problems. What I want other people in the state to know is that we are people who have a great deal of worth. We’re a people that have a great deal to contribute to the state of Ohio. That when we do have problems we don’t hide from them, we turn them around.”
Pike County resident and Representative for Ohio’s 91st District Cliff Rosenberger was also on hand for the event.
“I’m out here to support Terry Johnson,” Rosenberger said. “He’s a great American and one of the best guys we have in the statehouse. He’s doing a good job for this area.”
Rosenberger’s name has been linked to the possible job of Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives.
“We have a lot of good members and a lot good talent in our caucus,” Rosenberger said. “And I’m just out helping ensure that all the members that we have currently in our General Assembly are going to continue to have a strong candidacy and supporting good people like Terry. I’m not too far away from the district. We share borderlines here.”
Several Republican candidates from the local area were in attendance at the rally, including newly-elected Juvenile Court Judge Alan Lemons and Republican candidate for Scioto County Commissioner Bryan Davis.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.