The Ross County Democratic Party held their Spring Picnic Thursday evening in Chillicothe's Pump House art gallery. They invited eight candidates to speak, and our Kevin Coleman was there.
Samantha Meadows is running for her first political office. She is the Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, covering southern and southwestern Ohio, including Ross and Highland counties.
Meadows says she is running because she cares about all people, and wants to improve their lives. She says "we need to get back to red, white and blue...not red versus blue."
She says she lived in Scioto County and worked there as an EMT and in Americorp after attending Shawnee State.
She moved to Chillicothe about 10 years ago. Meadows says she has always worked in service, and felt she needed to continue that...which led her to run for Congress.
Taylor Sappington is currently the auditor of Nelsonville in Athens County. He's running for Auditor of State.
He said he came from a working class family who lived in trailer and had traditional values, which he has applied in his current office.
He said at eight weeks on the job in Nelsonville, he busted a $300,000-plus theft. He says he also took on the IRS, U.S. Census, and state Department of Taxation...all with an entrenched city hall.
Sappington says he has been warned that he can't do that at the state level because it is too corrupt...but he won't let that discourage him.
Kevin Coleman covers local government and culture