District 12 candidates make final push before polls open

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The polls open in District 12 at 6:30am Tuesday. Voters will choose someone to serve as Congressman from now until January.

“I’m spending time in all seven counties in this district having a conversation about why economic opportunity is something that belongs to everyone,” said Democrat candidate Danny O’Connor.

“I love campaigning. I love getting out and meeting new people, building relationships,” said Republican candidate Troy Balderson.

You’ve seen their faces. You’ve heard the good and bad things about both of them.

O’Connor accuses Balderson of planning to cut Medicare and Social Security benefits and raise the retirement age. Balderson says he’ll protect benefits for older Americans and current recipients.

“There’s just more to it than two talking points, and I think that’s important for people to understand that. We have to go in there and make reform because this system has to stay in place and I want it to stay in place, but I want it to be solvent,” said Balderson.

O’Connor admits given a choice between a Republican speaker or Nancy Pelosi, who he opposes, he would go with the Democrat. But, he says voters care about pocketbook issues.

“Folks don’t ask be about the inside D.C. Baseball game. Folks ask me about things that impact their family every single night when they sit around the kitchen table and try to figure things out,” said O’Connor.

Balderson, so far, refuses to say if he would back embattled Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan’s bid for speaker.

“I don’t need to decide who’s going to be the next speaker. I’ve got to win first, then I’ll decide on my speaker,” said Balderson.

O’Connor, a Democrat in a heavily Republican district, is trying to appeal to moderates.

“I’ll work with President Trump. I’ll work with Democrats. I’ll work with Republicans,” said O’Connor.

Colleen Marshall asked each of the candidates, “What is your message for the voters?”

“I want to tell them that I am going to fight for them and make sure they’ve got an advocate in Washington DC who’s got their back. Because right now, I think we see people who are part of this great debate society there is no focus on getting the job done,” said O’Connor.

“My message to them is that i am going to work relentlessly and I’ve done that in the past, and my record proves it. My whole campaign has been based on record vs. rhetoric,” said Balderson.

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