U.S. Representative Ted Strickland Speaks at Mount Union
April 06, 2010
U. S. Representative Ted Strickland, a Democratic candidate for governor of Ohio, spoke at Mount Union College on Thursday, December 1 in the Mount Union Theatre.
Strickland, the first of a number of speakers in "The Call to Action: The Future of Our Nation and State" Speaker Series, part of Mount Union's Center for Public Service, focused on the important issues facing Ohioans such as jobs, education and health care.
“My vision is of an Ohio that is once again rooted in the teachings of the golden rule,” said Strickland. “An Ohio where everyone who needs a job can have a living wage job, where young people are given a solid education and the ability to go to college if they choose to do so and where everyone has access to high quality and affordable health care.”
Strickland announced his candidacy for governor of Ohio in May of 2005. He believes a good governor should pursue a more common sense approach focusing on a guiding principle that concerns all Ohioans such as creating jobs, improving the schools and increasing access to the people who live in Ohio.
“If elected, I plan to be an activist governor,” said Strickland. “Right now, it appears our leadership in Ohio is unfocused. We need to create an economic climate in Ohio that keeps our young people here. We need to make Ohio an energy exporter, but we should not be drilling for oil in Lake Erie. Ohio has rich resources for energy production including huge reserves of coal. We also have great agricultural potential. We have the raw materials to produce ethanol and thus decrease our reliance on foreign oil and yet, Ohio has no ethanol production facilities.”
Another major issue concerning Ohio is education. Strickland reinforced his plan for the foundation and direction he hopes to institute.
“Being a governor requires a lot of things,” said Strickland. “It requires good judgment, vision and a clear idea of where you want to take the state. We need to ensure that all schools that receive public money are held to the same high accountable standards and raise our expectations for our schools, teachers and our young people and for ourselves as parents and community members. Ohio can only be successful in improving its educational system if we all contribute. I also want to work with Ohio’s college’s and universities and adult career centers to strengthen their vision of partnering with the private sector.”
Strickland also mentioned a need to improve early childhood education.
“Children are literally learning from the day they are born and we need a first class pre-school program that supports parents choices and gives all of our children a fair shot at entering school ready to succeed.”
In 1992, he was elected to Congress and was re-elected in 1996 after losing his seat in 1994. He has represented the 6th Congressional District ever since. Because of redistricting, Strickland has represented 20 counties ranging from Cincinnati to Youngstown.
As a U.S. representative, he has served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and was an active member of the Congressional Steel Caucus, becoming an instrumental force against trade policies that threatened the steel industry.
He was also a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the ranking Democrat on it Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. "The Call to Public Service: The Future of Our State and Nation" Speaker Series, an integral part of the College's Center for Public Service, brings renowned public servants to campus.
Mount Union has established the Center for Public Service to prepare students for careers in public service. The Center is a response to the urgent and ongoing need for additional public servants in our federal, state and local government, according to Dr. Jack P. DeSario, director of the Center.