If you wanted to run for Congress in a district that is mainly rural, where would you turn to find out what’s important to the area voters? The county Farm Bureau, of course.
Congressman Steve Stivers who currently represents Ohio’s 15th district comprising Madison, Union and parts of Franklin counties, is seeking reelection. With the congressional realignments, the 15th district will soon include several other counties, including Pickaway.
It didn’t take his campaign committee long to seek out the county Farm Bureau to ask for a meeting. According to Anna Hall, Ohio Farm Bureau organization director for Pickaway County, just before Christmas she received a phone call from the campaign asking for a chance to meet area farmers and agribusiness leaders.
With just a few phone calls and some post card mailings, the meeting came to fruition.
Approximately 40 farmers plus several officials and people running for office in the county gathered on the farm of Pickaway County Farm Bureau member Norman Dresbach to meet Congressman Stivers.
“He really wanted to get a feel for the area,” Hall said.
The topics of conversation included the farm bill, dependency on foreign oil and several other topics. Congressman Stivers believes agriculture is very important to America, according to Hall. The new15th district will include portions of the area currently represented by Congressman Steve Austria, who is not seeking re-election.
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Photo courtesy of Pickaway County Farm Bureau.