Senior Profile: Landon Wright Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC From the cistern to the city water Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley

Congressman Wenstrup seeks re-election

Incumbent Congressman Brad Wenstrup will face Jim Lewis in the 2016 Republican primary on March 15.

Before entering the Congress, Wenstrup, a Doctor of Podiatry, had a private practice in the Cincinnati area. In 1998, he accepted an officer’s commission in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps. He deployed for a year of active duty in Iraq in 2005, where he served as a combat surgeon. Wenstrup continues to serve in the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He was first elected in 2012 to represent Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District. He successfully ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014 garnering 66% of the vote. If he is successful in his primary bid he will be challenged in the fall by the winner of the Democratic primary Russ Hurley, Ronny Harrison Richards or William Smith

According to Ballotpedia, Wenstrup is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

He currently serves on the Armed Services Committee in the Subcommittee on Readiness; the Veterans’ Affairs Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, and in the Subcommittee on Health; the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Subcommittee on Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture, and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats.

According to the website GovTrack, Wenstrup missed only 16 of 1,752 roll call votes from January 2013 to September 2015. This amounts to 0.9 percent, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current representatives as of September 2015.

Wenstrup’s commitment to active participation in Congress is demonstrated in a recent bill he brought to the Congressional floor called the “Do Your Job Act” which, if passed, would deny pay to the members of both houses if they fail to do the work they were elected to do.

“If the House members don’t do their job, they shouldn’t be paid, and if the Senate doesn’t do their job, they shouldn’t be paid,” Wenstrup told the Defender, “Basically, the bill states that if Congress doesn’t move forward, create a budget, and do the necessary work on appropriations bills, and bring them to the floor, we don’t get paid. It’s an important part of what we do, and I think the American people are being cheated if we don’t go through the process.”

Wenstrup has been widely endorsed across Ohio’s 2nd District. “I have received endorsements ranging from the Ohio Farm Bureau to the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Hillsboro Times Gazette to Cincinnati Right to Life, I appreciate the wide-range of support and confidence in sending me back to Congress.”

The Hillsboro Times-Gazette said of Wenstrup, “His philosophy is a good match for the people of southern Ohio, from social issues to national security to fiscal responsibility. He is an accessible member of the House of Representatives who listens to concerns and follows through on constituent services. He is a frequent presence across the sprawling district.” photo
Congressman hopes to win his third term in Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District

By Patricia Beech

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