Brown Brings Senate Battle to Geauga
June 12, 2024 by Amy Patterson

In five months, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a democrat, will face an election-day battle against his opponent, Republican Bernie Moreno.

In five months, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a democrat, will face an election-day battle against his opponent, Republican Bernie Moreno.

But on June 9, Democratic party volunteers from five counties gathered at the Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Center in Chester Township to learn how they could help him win.

“We win these races, we fight back because of you,” Brown told the crowd.

Geauga Democratic Party President Janet Carson said the training event, which was attended by 264 volunteers from Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Portage and Trumbull counties, was the first of its kind.

But, after seeing its success, Carson said in her role as Ohio Democratic County Chairs Association Chair, she expects to repeat the training session in other multi-county areas around the state.

In his remarks to a room full of enthusiastic volunteers who had just been briefed on tips for successful door-to-door visits with voters, Brown said while his campaign is raising a lot of money, Republicans will likely spend $100 million in their race against him.

“We’ll be outspent, but we’re gonna have enough,” Brown said.

While democratic candidates have not fared well overall in statewide races in the recent past, Brown — referencing a nine-point victory in Geauga County last November for a ballot measure to enshrine the right to abortion in the state constitution — said those results show him he will win.

Brown also hyped other Democrats on the ballot this fall, including Ohio Supreme Court Judge Michael Donnelly, who is up for reelection.

“I’m not going to consider it a win for me and for our state unless we elect a democratic Supreme Court,” he said.

Brown also said Moreno has vowed to enact a nationwide ban on abortion. During a Republican primary debate in January, Moreno said he would support a ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with “commonsense exceptions.”

“I always will fight for women making their healthcare decisions,” Brown told the crowd. “This is a pro-choice state.”

In a brief interview after his remarks to volunteers, Brown said he will win in areas like Geauga and Trumbull counties and the Mahoning Valley because voters want a senator who is on their side.

He cited recent Democratic party victories — like effectively pressuring drug companies to cap the cost of insulin at $35 and investment in infrastructure projects — as reasons why Ohio voters feel they have someone looking out for them.

“(I’ve done) round tables in every one of these counties to talk about veterans’ benefits,” he added. “I want to make sure they get every benefit that they earned, you know, whether it’s their social security pension for public employees, or whether it’s veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, or Vietnam for that matter, and that they’re looked out for, and that’s my job.”

His message to voters is about government being on their side.

“I don’t look at the world as left or right, I look at it as whose side are you on,” he said. “I’ve had a career of standing up to drug companies and standing up to Wall Street, of fighting against bad trade agreements from presidents of both parties, and I’ll continue to do that.”