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Democrats discuss tech education at meet-and-greet

By CAITLEN CAMERON • May 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM

WILLARD — Huron County Democratic candidates gathered recently at Willard High School to discuss their thoughts about the upcoming November election.

One of the main questions brought up was the discussion of technical school training in schools and why technical jobs aren’t desired anymore.

James Johnson, 57th state representative candidate, is a large supporter of bringing back technical jobs into high schools to benefit the students. He said schools train students for college — not jobs.

“Getting back to quality public education, you shouldn’t have to pay or go out of our districts to get a good education,” Johnson said. “The school system should have the control to get them ready for jobs and not just getting them through. We don’t have kids who want to do skill trades anymore.”

Melissa James, commissioner candidate, on the other hand, said she believes it is the millennial students themselves and not the teaching.

“Corporate companies should be training new workers, but the mindset of millennials is that they do not live to work; they don’t worry about Monday or Tuesday; they worry about making $27 to have fun for the weekend. Since their electronics give them immediate gratification, they are satisfied with the work they have and corporate can’t adapt to it since they are training the people they had, not the people they have now.”

Another question that was raised was what candidates view of the opioid epidemic in Huron County and Ohio.

Janett Garett, 4th Congressional district candidate, said there is a “real crisis” that needs to be solved.

“We lose 14 people every day in Ohio to opioid overdose — that’s a Parkland-sized tragedy every day,” Garrett said. “And the candidate I am running against (Jim Jordan) says the problem is solved by the families and the churches but if the families and churches could handle this problem then they would have already handled it. We require federal intervention and that’s what I want to do.” 

Roland Tkach, Huron County auditor, talked about the fact people are realizing they need the help and are looking for help “but we still need more programs. The more programs we can have, the better, since this is a problem that we need to address and take care of.”

Other candidates represented were Sharon Sweda, running for 13th state Senator, and Ken Harbaugh, running for 7th congressional district representative.

“Democrats care about the middle class and they care about people,” Sweda said in her closing statement.

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