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State senate hopeful launches grassroots campaign in village

April 12, 2008
WELLSVILLE — A speech focused on hard work and change with a strong moral foundation gave attendees a loud and clear message to take home from Tim Ginter’s campaign kick off Friday night at the Wellsville Alumni Center.

“What we need is some honest straight talk,” Ginter said. “We need someone that will do the right thing. Not just to get into office, but because it’s right for the area, and right for the people.”

Ginter (R), who is seeking election to the 30th District of the Ohio Senate, got right down to business with the audience, which included Columbiana County Commissioner Jim Hoppel, Liverpool Township Trustee Keith Burke, and candidate for Columbiana County Sheriff, Ray Stone. Ginter said Ohio has its work cut out for it with tough economic challenges, a higher tax burden than surrounding states, and high bankruptcy.

Residents come to him and tell him how beautiful and prosperous the area used to be, Ginter said. In regard to job loss, he said the people of this particular Ohio district know it well, and have taken a hard hit.

“If we’re going to turn this around, it’s going to take change,” Ginter said. “And the change is not going to be easy.”

Ginter cited how necessary it is to develop an environment conducive to economic growth and prosperity. In addition to a positive business climate, taxes also need to be lowered, he said, and added it is unfair that individuals who work overtime are penalized for doing so.

“The principles that worked in government before can still work today,” Ginter said. “There is something drastically wrong when we penalize people who want to work.”

In regard to lowering taxes, Ginter recalled a discussion he had with a woman in a restaurant about current presidential candidates. When she spoke highly of one particular candidate because of the programs they proposed in their platform, Ginter reminded her that the cost of those programs will be passed on to the American middle class.

“There are no free lunches. Whatever the government proposes, you and I will pay for it,” Ginter said, adding the need to get money into the hands of people who “know how to spend it better than the government knows how to spend it.”

To realize the needed change, he said Americans will have to be willing to sacrifice and do away with some government bureaucracy they have come to depend on. While he’s not suggesting to do away with some of the safeguard regulations, Ginter said he wants to cut through the red tape that slows the process of building a strong, economic climate.

“When people view government as a cow to be milked rather than a dog to be fed, they’re in trouble,” he said.

He said the permit process needs to be quicker, and the state EPA should not exceed the federal EPA regulations. Ohio is in a strategic location for high economic potential, he said, and he wants to see government work with industry instead of against it.

“Ohio is a giant of economic potential waiting to be awakened,” Ginter said.

As an ordained minister for 27 years, Ginter said his faith is the key in his life and guides him in his decision making. In addition to workforce development and job creation, he said he is a strong supporter of the traditional family unit and preserving life.

In regard to abortion, he said he will do more than merely put a check for life, but will be an advocate for protecting life.

“The thing about everyone in favor of abortion is that they have already been born,” he said, then added he believes school choice is an important aspect in quality education, and feels all schools should be held to the same standard that allows students to prepare for an increasingly competitive global market.

“I am pro-choice when it comes to school choice.”

Ginter said to be an elected official, one must possess a moral compass that gives them a good sense of right from wrong, and must know how to make their own decisions. He said they must have the courage to make decisions that are right and for the right reasons, and must be able to balance that courage with common sense.

He said too many people fall into the rank and file of special interest groups and negative campaigning. If elected, Ginter said he will represent the people.

“In the end, it’s all about you,” he said. “You are the ones that make this nation strong.”

Despite being in a heavily Democratic district that is only 46.2 percent Republican, Ginter is confident in his campaign. By running a face-to-face grassroots campaign, he feels people will make decisions based on the candidates’ stances on issues rather than hype. Through more small events and one on one conversation, Ginter feels he will be able to reach the high percentage of independent voters in the area.

Ginter is owner of a workforce development and job training consulting company and is a former member of UFCW and Metal Workers Union. He is a member of the East Liverpool Christian School Board and is Business Chairman for the East Liverpool United Way. He is also a current member of the Republican National Committee and the National Rifle Association.

Born in Shelby, Ohio, Ginter currently resides in East Liverpool with Pam, his wife of 28 years. He is the proud father of one daughter, who resides in North Carolina with her husband and two sons.

For more information on Tim Ginter’s campaign and issues, or to contact him, visit his new website at

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State Sen. hopeful Tim Ginter



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