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Marietta Democrat Garrison Announces Candidacy for Sixth Congressional District
Posted on: 07/16/2013
By  Mike Cullums
Marietta attorney and former state representative Jennifer Garrison is running for Congress.
In a press release issued last night, Jennifer Garrison said she will seek the Democratic nomination for the 6th District seat currently held by Republican Bill Johnson of Marietta, who is in his second term. Garrison filed as a candidate yesterday.
In the release she said, "Both political parties have not focused enough on jobs, job security, and the kitchen-table issues that our neighbors and families face every day. It’s time to solve problems.” 
She pointed to her accomplishments in the Ohio General Assembly, including better school funding and fighting to keep utility rates down.
Garrison served three terms as a state representative but chose in 2010 not to run again. She then began a law practice focused on representing southeast Ohio property owners in lease negotiations with oil and gas companies.
Her campaign committee is reportedly in the process of filing the required paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to start raising money, nearly a year and a half before the 2014 general election.
State Senator Lou Gentile of Steubenville told the Youngstown Vindicator that he is seriously considering running in the Democratic primary next year but has not made a decision.
The Vindicator says the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recruited Garrison by inviting her to a meeting with high-ranking party officials in Washington, and pledging to provide financial and professional support for her candidacy.
Jennifer Garrison will officially announce her candidacy at 11:00 a.m. today at the Lafayette Hotel, with a second event late this afternoon at Canfield, in Mahoning County - the northernmost point of the oddly shaped 6th district.  
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