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Senate hopeful Timken calls herself a mom on a mission

From left, Columbiana County Commissioner Mike Halleck, U.S. Senate candidate Jane Timken and Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Megan Bickerton pose for a photo, along with Bickerton’s husband David. (Photo by Mary Ann Greier)

SALEM — U.S. Senate candidate Jane Timken said she’s a mom on a mission — a mission that includes securing the borders, putting America first and battling policies that have led to high prices for gas and groceries.

“Who do you want to fight for your family?” Timken asked.

That’s the question voters have to ask themselves and according to Timken, voters know who’s been working for Ohio and who hasn’t — she’s here for Ohio, first and foremost.

The Stark County resident kicked off her “Mom on a Mission” tour at the Salem Golf Club in Salem, talking with local Republican Party leaders and supporters and public officials — the first of 35 stops over the next 12 days leading up to the primary on May 3.

She also planned to travel to a manufacturing facility in Warren and conclude the day with an event at the Mahoning County Republican Party headquarters in Boardman.

In a race that includes seven candidates seeking the GOP nomination, Timken said “it’s about taking our country back and who is the best candidate to defeat Tim Ryan.” U.S Rep. Tim Ryan is one of three Democrat candidates running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Rob Portman, who chose not to run again. Portman has endorsed Timken as the best candidate to win both the primary and the general election.

Timken said her focus in these final two weeks will include parental rights in education, border security, inflation, jobs, all those kitchen table issues affecting families in Ohio.

She was one of former President Donald Trump’s biggest supporters during his campaign, rallying Republicans in Ohio to support him and criss-crossing the state in a grass-roots campaign effort.

She admitted that having Trump endorse one of her opponents, J.D. Vance, was disappointing, especially considering Vance’s stance previously against Trump. Again, she said the people of Ohio know who has been here working. She commented that a lot of her opponents are show horses who are out for themselves. She said she’s a workhorse. She plans to finish the wall and restrengthen border security, pointing to the drugs coming in from the southern border. She talked about the need to return to America First, to combat inflation and protect American jobs.

“It’s harming those who can least afford it. Those America First policies were working for Ohio families,” Timken said.

She said she loves Columbiana County, adding the people are great and so is the Republican Party Chairman Dave Johnson. The Columbiana County Republican Party chose to endorse Timken with an overwhelming majority.

“I know Jane. I know her character, the personal integrity she possesses. I think she would bring honor to this position,” Johnson said.

A longtime supporter of Timken who credited her with bringing the broken GOP back together during her chairmanship, Johnson said he admires her hard work and intelligence. He said she’s thoughtful and dignified.

“I’d say she’s the most credible of the conservatives running. In my mind, she’s the read deal,” he said.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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