Local Dem seeking Ohio House seat has rally to tout non-partisanship

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Democratic Ohio House Candidate Kathy Wyenandt holds??€non-partisan??€ rally in West Chester.

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A rally Saturday billed as a non-partisan event, but hosted by a Democrat candidate for the Ohio House, drew about 60 supporters of Kathy Wyenandt and a couple of Lakota school board members.

The rally’s slogan was “people over party” and featured two school board members – Board President Julie Shaffer and Vice President Brad Lovell, who are registered Republicans. Both spoke urging backing of Wyenandt.

Wyenandt is battling West Chester Republican George Lang for the 52nd District seat of the Ohio House. His campaign contested the notion that the event was not partisan.

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Wyenandt told the gathering its time for a change in the long-time, Republican-dominated district.

“We have a broad base of support with Republicans, Democrats and independents and people are tired of the same old politics as usual,” said Wyenandt at West Chester Township’s Square at Union Centre.

“They are ready for elected officials who will listen and do the work of the people and put people over political parties and special interests,” said Wyenandt, who was involved in the successful 2013 Lakota school levy campaign.

“We have big issues we need to take care of like fixing of (Ohio’s) broken school funding system. We need to work together to make sure that every family has a safe, vibrant community in which to live, play and work. These are basic ideas that important to all Ohioans and they are not they are not Democrat or Republican values,” she said.

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Lang, a former township trustee, was appointed to the seat in September 2017 following the resignation of former Republican lawmaker Margy Conditt.

The district includes all or parts of Fairfield Twp., Liberty Twp., West Chester, Hamilton and Sharonville.

Lang was out campaigning in other district locations Saturday and unavailable to comment, but his spokesman said Wyenandt’s rally was labeled wrong.

“The fact is, this wasn’t a non-partisan rally at all,” said Lang campaign spokesman Joe Statzer.

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“Kathy Wyenandt is a lifelong Democrat, and she just doesn’t want to voters in this district to see that, so she campaigns in ways to cover up her party affiliation. Her rally was as political as they come,” said Statzer.

“In contrast, George Lang is a lifelong Republican, a conservative, a job creator, and community leader. George has an amazing track record of working with people and getting positive things done. With George, it’s not about politics, it’s about results,” he said.

Lakota school parent Tanja Vinegar is a West Chester resident and she liked the rally’s theme of elevating the needs of people over political affiliation.

“The thing that I love the most is that Kathy is bringing people together,” said Vinegar. “We need unity and we need change.”

“We have more in common than we don’t,” she said.

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A rally Saturday for Democratic candidate Kathy Wyenandt in West Chester Township was touted by her campaign as non-partisan and drew some registered Republican supporters, including two Lakota Board of Education members. The rally at West Chester’s Square at Union Centre drew about 60 people and saw Wyenandt call for putting “people over party” by voting for her. STAFF/MICHAEL D. CLARK

A rally Saturday for Democratic candidate Kathy Wyenandt in West Chester Township was touted by her campaign as non-partisan and drew some registered Republican supporters, including two Lakota Board of Education members. The rally at West Chester’s Square at Union Centre drew about 60 people and saw Wyenandt call for putting “people over party” by voting for her. STAFF/MICHAEL D. CLARK
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A rally Saturday for Democratic candidate Kathy Wyenandt in West Chester Township was touted by her campaign as non-partisan and drew some registered Republican supporters, including two Lakota Board of Education members. The rally at West Chester’s Square at Union Centre drew about 60 people and saw Wyenandt call for putting “people over party” by voting for her. STAFF/MICHAEL D. CLARK

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