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U.S. Congressional representative, District 16

10/25/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Jim Renacci
Betty Sutton
James Renacci


Personal information: Incumbent Renacci is married and has three children.

Political affiliation: Republican

Age: 54

Resident of: Wadsworth

Education: B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, business administration (1984)

Profession: Currently, District 16 U.S. Congressional representative (two years); formerly, owner and general manager, Columbus Destroyers (Arena Football League); formerly, mayor of Wadsworth (2004-08); formerly, member, Wadsworth City Council (1999-2002; past president)

Professional activities: Member, House Committee on Financial Services; vice chair, Subcommittee of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit; founder, “Bipartisan Working Group” in the House of Representatives

Campaign website: www.renacciforcongress.com

What makes you the better candidate?

“Having spent 30 years in the private sector, creating jobs and signing the front of a paycheck and not just the back, I understand the impact of the decisions made in Washington on small business owners and families. My record of bipartisanship confronting the challenges our country faces by working together to create jobs, cutting red tape and burdensome regulations that strangle the economy needs to continue if we are going to get our country back on track. As the Mayor of Wadsworth, I balanced the budget without raising taxes. This can be replicated in the Congress if we have the will to worry about the next generation and not just the next election. Washington is broken, and sending a career politician back to Washington will not solve the problem.”


Betty Sutton


Personal information: Incumbent Sutton is married and has two stepchildren and five grandchildren.

Political affiliation: Democrat

Age: 49

Resident of: Copley

Education: B.A., Kent State University (1985); J.D., The University of Akron School of Law (1990)

Profession: Currently, District 13 U.S. Congressional representative (six years); formerly, practicing attorney (2001-06); formerly, member, Ohio House of Representatives (1992-2000); formerly, member, Summit County Council (1991-92); formerly, member, Barberton City Council (1989-91)

Professional activities: Member, House Armed Services Committee; member, House Natural Resources Committee; member, Humane Society of Greater Akron and Humane Society of the United States; member, ASPCA

Campaign website: www.bettysutton.com

What makes you the better candidate?

“My focus in Congress has, and will continue to be working to strengthen our middle-class by revitalizing our manufacturing sector and providing better economic opportunities for working Ohioans. I have fought against unfair trade practices and for better investments in American infrastructure and job training. I will work to protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare, while keeping our promises made to America’s veterans. I will also continue my work to clean up Washington through ethics reforms and a renewed effort to overturn the harmful Citizens United ruling.”


Editor’s note: We have listed both candidates as incumbents due to redistricting. Jim Renacci is the current District 16 representative and Betty Sutton is the current District 13 representative. With redistricting, the newly drawn District 16 will include parts of Renacci and Sutton’s current districts.

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