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Bill Johnson announces  re-election bid

MARIETTA- Congressman Bill Johnson announced Friday his re-election bid in Ohio’s Sixth District covering Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. Johnson filed nearly 150 signatures, three times the required number – including signatures from each of the 18 counties in the Sixth District.

The campaign reported nearly $1.23 million in the bank for his re-election campaign.

The next filing deadline isn’t until after the first of the year.

Johnson says he’s running for re-election to continue his work pushing for a smaller, more effective, efficient and transparent federal government- one that’s more accountable to the American people.

“President Trump’s policies have lowered unemployment to historically low numbers,” Johnson said. “Combined with the tax cuts that positively affected so many working families we have the blueprint to success, and we need to carry it still further.

“That’s why I’m pushing hard for rural broadband deployment – the urban-rural digital divide must be closed.”

Johnson serves on the house Energy and Commerce Committee where he’s been a frontline leader in creating energy, telecommunications and healthcare policy that works for everyone. He is also a senior member of the House Budget Committee.

Johnson points to his work on behalf of the people as one of the things that motivates him to continue forward.

“I don’t live in Washington- I go there to work on behalf of the hard-working people here along the Ohio River, but I’m always happy to come back home and be here with them,” Johnson said. “They give me good feedback- they tell me when they agree and when they disagree. And, I’m always pleased to have that dialogue, because I need their input in order to adequately represent them.”

Johnson said he looks forward to hitting the campaign trail.

“I’ve been active across Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, but an election year takes on additional excitement and importance. I look forward to seeing many friends across the district, and meeting new residents to hear what they have to say,” Johnson said.

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