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State legislators concerned about impact on Valley

Published: Thu, November 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick



State Rep. Robert F. Hagan said he’s concerned that the incoming Republican administration, led by Gov.-elect John Kasich, will do little to nothing to help the Mahoning Valley.

“I’m looking at this administration ignoring this area,” said Hagan, of Youngstown, D-60th, re-elected Tuesday to a two-year term in the Ohio House. “We’re not going to see a whole lot of John Kasich in the Valley or helping our Valley.”

Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat who lost his re-election bid Tuesday to Kasich, was a frequent Valley visitor, coming here considerably more times than his two predecessors, Bob Taft and George V. Voinovich, both Republicans. Before being elected governor, Strickland represented portions of the Valley in Congress for four years.

Also, Democrats lost enough seats Tuesday to give the majority of the Ohio House back to the Republicans.

“They’ll have to figure out how to balance the budget” projected to have an $8 billion deficit, Hagan added.

State Rep. Tom Letson of Warren, D-64th, also re-elected Tuesday, said he’s not concerned the Valley will be forgotten, however.

“The fastest-growing area for manufacturing jobs is Northeast Ohio, and our Valley has been a real part of that,” Letson said. “I don’t think we’ll be ignored simply because a lot of people here are Democrats.”

State Rep. Ronald Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, also re-elected Tuesday, said, “I don’t think any governor intentionally ignores any specific part of the state.”

Kasich will be the sixth governor to serve with Gerberry in the Ohio House.

“Do I believe Ted Strickland showed more interest in the Mahoning Valley? Yes, I do. I truly do,” Gerberry said. “But that’s not to say any governor is going to ignore any region.”

Gerberry and Letson said they have worked well with Republicans while serving in the majority and the minority of the Ohio House.

State Rep.-elect Craig Newbold, a Republican from Columbiana who beat incumbent Linda Bolon, a Democrat from Columbiana, said he believes Kasich will pay attention to the Valley if “we position ourselves properly. There are possibilities in the areas of technology and education.”

Newbold said he hopes he and local Democratic state legislators “can find common objectives and work together for the betterment of the area.”

This area “will be hurt badly. [Kasich] will ignore us,” Bolon said.

Though Gerberry said he expects cooperation from Republicans in the House, Hagan sees it differently.

“It will be so difficult for me, Ron Gerberry or [state Sen.] Joe Schiavoni to deliver anything,” Hagan said. “I just don’t see us being successful. The tools [to be successful] are gone. The opportunities are gone.”


1Dafine(14 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Senator Hagan seems to be so sincere about helping the valley.He says we will not get anything from the Republican Governor. Perhaps he should help the valley by resigning and we can elect a Republican or someone without such a dismal attitude.

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2Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, I'm not really sure what any of these guys delivered under a Democratic Governor let alone what they will deliver under a Republican one.

Just what exactly does Bob Hagan do anyway? Anytime you see him he is either talking trash, getting a photo-op, or getting on the front page of the Vindicator working for the marijuana lobby.

The Valley gets exactly the leadership it deserves when it sends these people to Columbus.

Some day, people are going to stop voting for someone just because there is a D behind their name. I may be an old man when it happens, but so be it.

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3mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Mr Hagan--------You have a bad attitude. You don't know what the new Governor is going to do, so why don't you just shut up and take a wait and see stance. Who knows, you might be surprised. And by the way,-----what is it that you do?

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4Progress(58 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Honest question for the vindicator, no BS.

Can you actually point out ANY legislation that Hagan has written or passed??

Can you illustrate any meaningful changes for the betterment of the Valley that can be directly attributed to Mr Hagan's service in Columbus?

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5CommonSenseGuy(37 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Did Hagan really get 81% of the vote? Or did Betras and his cronies hack into the machines and change the vote totals? There should be a recount because none of my friends voted for this bum!

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6candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Bob did pass Saul Alinsky's class on Ridicule:)

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7mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

A career politician whose time has passed and I still don't know what he does for us.

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8walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago


I believe Bob Hagan sponsored legislation to have the 711 connector named after his father! Not just anyone can get something so meaningful done.

The ENTIRE Hagan family are hacks who feed at the public trough and call it service. His brither is just as big a joke in Cuyahoga County.

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