COLUMBIANA COUNTY Democrats endorse Rep. Ted Strickland

The delegates spoke out against NAFTA.
SALEM -- Columbiana County Democrats endorsed Ted Strickland as their party's candidate for the 6th District U.S. Congressional seat.
The endorsement was one of several made this weekend by the party, which held what it called a "miniconvention."
Strickland, of Lucasville, is the 6th District incumbent. That southern Ohio district recently was reconfigured to include Columbiana County and part of Mahoning County.
Also seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat are Lou D'Apolito of Boardman, and Charles Brown of Yorkville.
The winner in the May 7 primary will face the GOP contest victor.
The Republican candidates are Mike Halleck of Salem, a former Columbiana County commissioner, and Lyle Williams of Lordstown, a former congressman.
Other endorsements made by county Democrats over the weekend include incumbent Dave Cranmer for county commissioner.
Also supported: Also endorsed were Dr. Frank Rivelle of Wellsville, for 3rd District state representative; and Cindy Altomare of Lisbon for county auditor.
In addition to the endorsements, the party adopted a platform which includes a call for "substantive economic development, lower prescription drug costs and an end to the illegal dumping of foreign steel on America's shores."
The platform also called upon state and federal officeholders to protect laid-off workers and retirees from the loss of health benefits and pension.
The convention also inserted a plank speaking out against the North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly referred to by its acronym NAFTA. The delegates attending said that NAFTA has sent thousands of jobs to Mexico and other countries.
The platform also urged office holders to volunteer four hours a month for nonprofit agencies.

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