Sherrod Brown for US Senate: Sun News endorsement

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All eyes are on Ohio this election season, as the Buckeye State is one of the swing states that will determine the outcome of the presidential election. This is why our airwaves have been flooded for months with commercials for both presidential candidates.

All eyes also are on Ohio because of the race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican challenger Josh Mandel, a contest in which tens of millions of dollars are being poured into both campaigns from outside interests who hope to influence the outcome. This huge influx of money has resulted in vicious campaign commercials from both candidates and special interest groups.

Sorting through all the mud-slinging and half-truths to get to the truth about both Brown and Mandel is not easy. When you get past all the muck and the rhetoric, you find two men who both are passionate about this country and eager to provide quality leadership for Ohioans. We believe Sherrod Brown is the candidate best suited to continue being a powerful voice for Ohio in Washington, D.C.

Brown, 59, of Avon, is finishing his first six-year term in the Senate and is the state’s senior senator, as Republican Rob Portman is only finishing his second year in office. Brown touts backing the government bailout of the auto industry as one of his chief accomplishments and knows Ohio would have been in much worse shape had that not been approved. He also cites passage of the Highway Bill and Farm Bill among his successes in his first term, helping to employ more Ohioans and aiding struggling farmers. The state regained 450,000 lost manufacturing jobs, and while Brown realizes more progress needs to be made, he also understands the state is on the right track to economic recovery.

Mandel, 35, of Beachwood, is in the midst of his first term as state treasurer. He wants to create a small business-friendly environment and simplify the tax code if he is elected. He also is strongly opposed

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