Ted Strickland for Senate
P.O. Box 2196
Columbus, OH 43216
15 N. 4th Street
Columbus, OH 43215
“I believe that if you’re willing to work hard every day and play by the rules, you shouldn’t go to bed worrying about tomorrow.” Ted Strickland, candidate for Senate
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden; President Bill Clinton; U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown; Ohio U.S. Representatives Joyce Beatty, Tim Ryan and Marcia Fudge; The Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters; The United Auto Workers; The AFL-CIO; SEIU; The United Steelworkers; The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE); The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU); The Ohio State Council of Machinists; The Ohio Education Association; The Transport Workers Union, Ohio-Michigan State Conference; The Tri County Regional Labor Council; The Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6; The Communications Workers of America District 4; UFCW; Teamsters Local 20; The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 66; American Postal Workers Union; Utility Workers Union of America; Laborers’ International Union of North America; Amalgamated Transit Union; United Transportation Union; Sheet Metal Workers ; Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union; National Association of Postal Supervisors; International Longshoremen’s Association; National Association of Letter Carriers; Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers; Transport Workers Union; Glass Molders, Pottery, Plastics, and Allied Workers International Union; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; International Longshore and Warehouse Union; UNITE HERE; International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees; International Association Heat Frost Insulation and Asbestos Workers; International Association of Ironworkers ; American Federation of Teachers; The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA); International Longshoremen’s Association; National Treasury Employees Union; Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters; The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 66; The Ohio College Democrats; The Alliance for Retired Americans; The Youngstown Warren Black Caucus; MoveOn.org; Senator Elizabeth Warren; The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; The Ohio Democratic Party; The Ohio Democratic County Chairs Association; 30 NW Ohio Leaders; 29 NE Ohio Leaders;29 NE Ohio Democratic Leaders; 30 NW Ohio Democratic Leaders; Franklin County Democrats; 124 SE Ohio Democratic Leaders; JStreetPAC; Alliance for Retired Americans; Jim Obergefell
Additionally, Ted’s campaign ads that have been released are below .
This spot highlights how Senator Portman and Donald Trump share the same agenda that hurts Ohio’s women and working families — including overturning Roe v. Wade, supporting defunding Planned Parenthood, and opposing equal pay for equal work.
3) “Rainy Day”
This spot sets the record straight about the false attacks on Ted’s record as governor, highlighting his leadership in the midst of the global recession — balancing every budget and protecting important middle class priorities like education and local police and fire services.
4) “Homeland Security”
The spot features a testimonial from an Ohio veteran highlighting Senator Portman’s votes against commonsense gun safety measures like comprehensive background checks and stopping suspected terrorists from buying guns — demonstrating how Senator Portman is pushing the agenda of his rich and powerful friends at the expense of Ohioans’ safety and security.
This cycle, the National Rifle Association has spent more money supporting Senator Portman than on all other congressional candidates combined. Strickland has outlined his support for commonsense gun safety measures in this Medium post: “A Commonsense Way To Make Americans Safer.”
The ad closes by reminding Ohioans that Senator Portman has also skipped an incredible 72 percent of his Homeland Security Committee hearings. Previously, theToledo Blade reported that Senator Portman attended fundraisers on the same day he skipped these Committee hearings, and both Strickland and Ohio veterans havecalled on Senator Portman to step down from the Homeland Security Committee if he is unable to attend a majority of hearings.
5) “$50 Million”
This spot highlights Senator Portman’s record of looking out for his wealthy and well-connected campaign backers at the expense of Ohio’s working families.
Subj: Winning the Senate
Sisters and Brothers,As a result of your activism, our political revolution is responsible for the most progressive Democratic platform in the history of our country. We were victorious in making it a clear priority of the Democratic Party to fight for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage, expand Social Security, abolish the death penalty, put a price on carbon, enact major criminal justice reforms, end for-profit prisons and detention facilities, break up too-big-to-fail banks and create a 21st century Glass-Steagall Act, and so much more.
And just the other day, the Republican leadership in the Senate announced that the TPP would not be coming to the floor this year. Another major victory.
All of that is the direct result of the grassroots activism that you, and millions of others, engaged in over the last 16 months. Now, we must continue our efforts by electing progressive Democrats up and down the ballot so that the policies we have fought for can advance and become law.
For the future of our country, and our progressive agenda, it is imperative that Democrats regain control of the Senate. My guess is that will all come down to which party wins three or four hotly contested races in states like Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio and Nevada.
The Koch brothers know this. That is why they are spending tens of millions of dollars to defeat these four candidates for Senate.
And that’s why I’m asking you to support them: Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania, Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire, Ted Strickland in Ohio, and Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada. If these four Democrats win the tight elections they are currently in, the Democrats will almost certainly take control of the Senate.
And what a world of difference that will make: real campaign finance reform, raising the minimum wage, making public colleges and universities tuition free, addressing the planetary crisis of climate change, progressive taxation, reforming our broken criminal justice system, comprehensive immigration reform and many other important issues.
I want to be clear: It is very important that our movement holds public officials accountable. The Democratic Party passed an extremely progressive agenda at the convention. Our job is to make sure that platform is implemented. That will not happen without Democratic control of the Senate.
- Katie McGinty was one of the first candidates to endorse a $15 minimum wage.
- Maggie Hassan, who is a strong supporter of campaign finance reform, increased transparency and disclosure of political contributions as Governor of New Hampshire.
- Ted Strickland is a fighter for Ohio’s working families who opposes the TPP and believes that we need to completely change the way we negotiate trade deals.
- Catherine Cortez Masto is committed to protecting the environment and knows it’s long past time that we ensure equal pay for women.
Perhaps the most important reason to win a progressive majority in the Senate is because we must support nominees for the Supreme Court who will vote to overturn Citizens United.It is so important we do everything we can to help these four candidates – Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania, Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire, Ted Strickland in Ohio, and Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada – win their elections in November.
Your contribution of $2.70 will help each of these candidates for Senate win. Please split a contribution between them today so we can advance our progressive agenda, defeat the Koch brothers, and take back the Senate.
Thank you as always for everything you do for our political revolution.
Senator Bernie Sanders
Ted Strickland wins Ohio Democratic Party endorsement
By Staff, Northeast Ohio Media Group | April 11, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland now has the official backing of the Ohio Democratic Party in his bid to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in 2016.
The party’s 150-member executive committee decided Saturday to give Strickland the nod. The former governor is trying to head off a primary challenge from a fellow Democrat, Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.
Strickland raised $671,073 in the first quarter of his U.S. Senate candidacy, less than the $750,000 that Sittenfeld raised.
But Strickland only announced his candidacy in late February and had only 35 days for fundraising, according to campaign spokesman Dennis Willard. Sittenfeld was raising money since January.
Strickland already has the support of most establishment Ohio Democrats, including the Ohio Democrats in Congress, and of former President Bill Clinton.
Sittenfeld’s campaign had raised questions about an early party endorsement, noting that the party similarly gave early support to Ed FitzGerald, the Democrats’ failed candidate for governor last year.
Strickland’s campaign issued a brief statement Saturday thanking the party for its support.
“We are fortunate to have such a strong Democratic Party here in Ohio, and today’s endorsement builds upon our momentum as we work together to create opportunities for all hard working Ohioans,” Strickland said.
This Poll is very good news for Senate Democrats
By Chris Cillizza | The Washington Post | April 6, 2015
Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland is ahead of Sen. Rob Portman (R) by nine points in a new Quinnipiac University poll out today, a result that has to make Democrats eyeing the possibility of retaking the Senate in 2016 very, very happy.
Strickland stands at 48 percent to 39 percent for Portman, who, after stints in the House and the Bush administration, is in the midst of his first Senate term. Strickland’s lead is built almost exclusively on an 18-point edge over Portman among independents — although he also wins a larger portion of self-identified Democrats (85 percent) than Portman does among Republicans (79 percent).
Why is this poll such good news for Democrats? Because it makes clear that Ohio is very much in play with Strickland as their nominee (the former governor still faces a primary from Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld). That makes the 2016 playing field a seat bigger, giving Democrats more margin for error as they try to win back the four (if a Democrat wins the White House) or five (if he/she — but really she — doesn’t) seats they need to reclaim the majority.
Ted Strickland’s Announcement
I’m running for the United States Senate in 2016 because I am determined to restore the American Dream for working people in this country. I believe in the American Dream because I’ve lived it. I grew up in rural Scioto County as the eighth of nine children, and was the first person in my family to go to college. My father was a proud steelworker and my hard-working mother devoted her life to raising our family. I know how difficult it is to move up in this world, and the deck is increasingly stacked against working people.
Today, we are producing, building, creating and discovering more than ever before, and yet, for the middle-class, getting ahead has never been harder. I believe that if you’re willing to work hard every day and play by the rules, you shouldn’t go to bed worrying about tomorrow.
To save the American Dream, we need to go back to the basics. We need to create living-wage jobs and invest in the kind of infrastructure projects that benefit our communities. We need to make college more accessible and affordable so that our young people can get an education, get a job, and start saving to buy a home, support their families and retire with a sense of dignity and security. We need to make smart choices on fair trade that reward the worker instead of the wealthy.
If we do this, we can put our country back on the right path and bring opportunity for all.
As a former minister, psychologist, congressman and governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland has dedicated his life to serving people.
As governor, Ted worked each day to expand opportunity for Ohioans. Ted created one of the nation’s leading advanced energy laws, preventing runaway electricity rate hikes that plagued other states and making Ohio a national leader in green energy jobs. Ted kicked open the doors to Ohio’s universities by holding tuition increases to the lowest rate in the nation and making Ohio the first state to offer free tuition to veterans from across the country. Under Ted’s leadership, Ohio’s primary and secondary schools won the nation’s top prize for education innovation from the Education Commission of the States. In his cabinet and judicial appointments, Ted assembled a talented team of public servants who looked like Ohio.
In Congress, Ted was a tireless fighter for working families, children, and veterans. He was instrumental in expanding access to health insurance for children, ensuring that America kept its promises to our veterans, and bringing home to Ohio millions in investments for roads, technology, economic development, and healthcare initiatives. Ted was instrumental in passing the Children’s Health Insurance Program that provides health coverage to millions of children nationwide. He was a leading advocate for funding the Appalachian Regional Commission and was an unwavering voice in opposition to the Iraq War.
Raised in rural Scioto County by his mother and steelworker father, Ted is the eighth of nine children. The struggles of working people was not a subject he needed to read about in a book. But even when their house burned down and the Strickland family had to live in their chicken shack, Ted was taught to count his blessings and to fight for those who couldn’t fight for themselves.
The only child in his family to attend college, Ted earned degrees from Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary, then served his faith and his calling running a Methodist children’s home. Seeking to expand his ability to help people, he went on to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Kentucky. While a student at Kentucky, Ted met Frances Smith – now Frances Strickland. They have been married for 27 years.
After serving as governor, Ted was nominated by President Barack Obama to be a public delegate to the 68th U.N. General Assembly. He also served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. Most recently, Ted ran the Center for American Progress Action Fund where he spoke out on behalf of policies to strengthen America’s working families.