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The Morning Journal|Richard Payerchin|August 24, 2006
OhioGeneralEnergy Policy

New jobs could come from alternative energy sources, including wind turbines and other alternative energy sources, Leavitt said.


SANDUSKY -- The Republican opponent of longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur wants to combine energy issues with jobs to boost employment in northern Ohio.

Toledo steelworker Bradley S. Leavitt, a California native and Navy veteran who moved to Ohio for job reasons six years ago, is a Republican running for Ohio's 9th Congressional District seat.

Yesterday, he ventured across the district visiting Vermilion and Sandusky to tout his idea a pilot program geared to bring jobs to Ohio.

''Throughout my campaign, I have talked to a lot of people about a lot of issues. Employment and energy are two of the major concerns people have,'' Leavitt said.

His proposed pilot program would use federal funds to create a locally operated hub that coordinates local, state and federal resources for people who have lost their jobs, Leavitt said.

''What it would do is bring in all of the local, state and federal organizations into one hub,'' Leavitt said. ''It's one place you can go and it's a one-stop shop.''

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SANDUSKY -- The Republican opponent of longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur wants to combine energy issues with jobs to boost employment in northern Ohio.

Toledo steelworker Bradley S. Leavitt, a California native and Navy veteran who moved to Ohio for job reasons six years ago, is a Republican running for Ohio's 9th Congressional District seat.

Yesterday, he ventured across the district visiting Vermilion and Sandusky to tout his idea a pilot program geared to bring jobs to Ohio.

''Throughout my campaign, I have talked to a lot of people about a lot of issues. Employment and energy are two of the major concerns people have,'' Leavitt said.

His proposed pilot program would use federal funds to create a locally operated hub that coordinates local, state and federal resources for people who have lost their jobs, Leavitt said.

''What it would do is bring in all of the local, state and federal organizations into one hub,'' Leavitt said. ''It's one place you can go and it's a one-stop shop.''

Along with wages, the new service could offer enrollment in training programs, health care, child care and transportation for workers who enter the program, Leavitt said.

With a workforce in place, Ohio also could use the program to recruit companies and bring jobs to the state, he said.

New jobs could come from alternative energy sources, including wind turbines and other alternative energy sources, Leavitt said.

''Bringing this program into the district will enable workers to face possible job loss with a feeling of opportunity instead of fear,'' Leavitt said. ''It will help reverse our pattern of job loss, creating a thriving job market in our district that is able to easily adapt with the ever-changing economy. And by first aligning the focus of the program with the energy field, we will be able to become the leaders of the energy market, become more energy independent, and lower our energy prices.''

Kaptur, also from Toledo, was unavailable last night for a response to Leavitt's proposal, but she has been no stranger to alternative energy issues.

In July, Kaptur visited BGSU Firelands in Huron Township to announce a commitment of $1 million for the campus to study -- and eventually build -- a windmill to aid the future power needs of the 200-acre campus. At the time she called Lake Erie the ''Saudi Arabia of wind'' and called for Ohio to become a leader in examining and using Great Lakes wind streams for power.

Leavitt said he has been interested in the issue since his boyhood in California, when his family would drive across that state and pass through so-called ''wind farms'' with dozens of turbines.

His pilot program could be paid for with government money that already is going to programs that are underused, because people don't know about them, Leavitt said.

Leavitt also called for Congress to approve oil exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge as a way to meet current energy demands while alternative sources are developing.

''Whether it's ethanol, whether it's wind, solar, we're not going to get there tomorrow,'' Leavitt said. ''My big thing is looking for taking care of today, bridging to tomorrow. That way we have energy for tomorrow.''

Meanwhile, Leavitt said he plans to continue his visits across the district, which includes Lucas, Ottawa and Erie counties and part of Lorain County. His campaign Web site is at www.leavittforcongress.com.


 

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