Elected to serve our best interests

This past week saw some political highlights that should interest local citizens — especially voters.

Michael Rulli was sworn in as a first-time Ohio Senator after winning the seat in November. Rulli is a Salem resident and part of a successful and longtime family-owned business. He gets it when it comes to concerns of local businessmen and the vital importance they play in any community. Rulli is a former Leetonia Board of Education president, a role he served with effectiveness while leading to the district to statewide recognition after being in the depths of a financial crisis. He has served a number of community roles and should flourish representing Ohio’s 33rd Senate District.

Another Salem resident, Tim Ginter was elected to a third term representing our district — Ohio’s 5th District. He garnered 70 percent of the vote during the November election, testament — and deservedly so – to the fine work he is doing serving us. An example: in 2017-2018, his office had received nearly 3,400 email requests for assistance with only five of those unresolved as of Oct. 1 of this past year. That is being pro-active for those who elected you.

And in Washington, U.S. 6th District Bill Johnson was elected to a fifth term in a runaway win in November. Despite living down in Marietta, Johnson is no stranger to our parts and is proactive in tending to the needs of all residents in the 18 counties he represents. Among his regional offices is one right here in Salem.

We congratulate and wish good fortune to our congressmen as their begin their respective terms. You should too. After all, they are in office to serve each and every one of us.

If you ever need to reach out, here is some contact information:

— Sen. Rulli: office: 1-614-466-8285; email: rulli@ohiosenate.gov

— State Rep. Ginter: 1-614-466-8022; email: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/timothy-e-ginter

— U.S. Rep. Johnson: 1-855-376-0868; Salem office: 330-337-6951;

emaiL: billjohnson.house. gov