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Ohio gubernatorial candidate visits Steubenville

Local leaders in Jefferson County asked several questions to Ohio Senator Joe Schiavoni, who is running for Governor of Ohio.

Local leaders in Jefferson County asked several questions to Ohio Senator Joe Schiavoni, who is running for Governor of Ohio.

"I’m trying to listen first and then develop a strategy based on the needs of the people and it's been very clear to me,” Schiavoni said.

Steubenville residents and leaders were invited to talk to the state senator and bring up concerns, and what they want to see locally.

Approximately a dozen people were in attendance.

"When I'm coming to communities like this, I see a lot of my home town in Youngstown where young people want to stay here,” Schiavoni said. “And if you don't have opportunities for them, they can't so they're going to go to Pittsburgh or they're going to go to Columbus or they're going to go to somewhere, but they're not going to be able to go to their hometown."

Schiavoni has been having meetings like these for the last 15 months.

He's running his campaign with a focus on jobs, schools, the heroin and opioid epidemic and affordable quality health care.

"It's important that a governor understands that there is a part of the state over here that's been left behind because of lack of investment,” Schiavoni said. “And as governor, I wouldn't do that. You have to be fair and you look individual communities and you look at their needs and then you fund them with the necessary dollar amounts in order to get the job done."

He said he wants to create opportunities for jobs, and also make sure local governments have the funding they need.

"Everyone deserves an opportunity no matter where you are in the spectrum of life, and we need someone who recognizes that,” Schiavoni said.

The May primary election will take place on May 8.

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