At the DNC Delegation, Mayor Drew Talks About Winning Ohio

The secret to winning Ohio's electoral votes? "Water mains," the mayor said.

CHARLOTTE, NC — Stow Mayor took an .

She lead the Ohio delegation in the pledge of allegiance, listened to a series of increasingly impassioned speakers address voting rights in the state and then returned to her hotel to talk about the convention with Stow Patch:

How was the bus ride in from Ohio?

"The bus ride was long. It was about nine hours. It left at 7 a.m. and I left at 5:30 a.m. to make the bus."

Is this something the mayor of Stow usually does?

"I’m not here representing Stow. This is my first convention ... this is my first time to doing anything like this."

So how did you hear about it?

"I got a call from the Ohio Democratic Party asking me if I wanted to be Superdelegate. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity — to me, this is a better vacation than going to lay on a beach."

How do you think Obama's message is doing in Northeast Ohio?

"In Northeast Ohio, there's only a small band of people who don’t know who they’re going to vote for. Most people have had their minds made up for a long time."

Ohio's economy is doing better than some states'. Does Obama or Kasich get more credit?

"Most regular Ohioans don’t want to give Kasich or Obama credit. It’s like a car, we don’t want to know how it works. We just want it to work." 

If you were advising either candidate in their quest for Ohio's electoral votes, what would you tell them to talk about more?

"Infrastructure. Not necessarily that word, but: We’ve had a series of water main breaks. People understand water lines. People are greatful for road repair. We need to invest to make sure that they have readily accessible wireless internet.

"Without a solid infrastructure, small business owners can’t do their jobs. In the 1950s and 1960s this country underwent a transformation: sewer lines, water lines, roads bridges. And it’s like when you buy a house, all that stuff — the roof, the furnace  — all starts to crumble at the same time.

"We’re never going to get the resources back from the state that we had before 2009. It’s a sea change in how local government operates. Most responsible (local) officials recognize that. So we need to find national policy that supports our local needs."

Keith Best September 04, 2012 at 06:29 PM
42 straight months of unemployment over 8%. 23 million Americans out of work. More out of work than when Obama took office. And you want to re-elect him? "Hope and Change ain't workin'.
Sue September 04, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Please note President Obama's record: Then Now Unemployment 7.8% 8.3% Median Income $54,983 $50,964 Gasoline/Gal $1.85 $3.78 National Debt $10.6 T $15.9 T* Sources: BLS, Sentier Research, Dept of Energy, and Dept of Treasury. *Today the national debt surpassed $16 T. Should we re-elect him? I think not!
I.M. Wright September 05, 2012 at 12:13 PM
And I'm sure some right-wing whiner (WAAAh-publican) will come along and "flag" my comment because they don't like it.
joe ponikarovsky September 05, 2012 at 05:06 PM
despite the name calling and general attacking nature of this post, i'd have to say i agree. the gas card is the most hilarious one. most economists agree that gas prices rising is actually a GOOD thing; means people can actually pay for it and we all know oil companies love to push the price of gas just as much as the market will bear. not to mention that all kinds of things have impacted the cost of gas which obama's had no control over (arab spring, hurricane isaac, droughts, etc). national debt? umm..he's not the only one that pushed for stimulus packages. and part of that, he inherited. not to mention repealing bush era rich-guy tax cuts would really cut into that. but that's not permitted. anyway, you posting all this out of context sounds great and all. thinking about it is work. and i'm sorry to ask that of you. but it really would help to know what the hell you're throwing your vote into.
Kaye Spector September 10, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Comment's been deleted here. Please, no name-calling. Thanks.


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