Wes Goodman announces $52,335 in contributions for second half of 2015, over $50,000 cash on hand. More than triples fundraising haul of both primary competitors combined.

“From the beginning, we have run a campaign focused on working hard, connecting with voters, and putting together an effort designed to win. This report demonstrates that our campaign is in position to compete, spread our positive conservative message, and win on March 15.”

CARDINGTON, OH – The Ohio Secretary of State Campaign Finance Office has published 2016 Annual Reports detailing campaign finance activity for the second half of 2015. Friends of Wes Goodman raised over $60,000 in 2015, with over $50,000 presently on-hand for the March 15 Republican Primary election. This total more than triples the fundraising haul of both primary competitors combined.

“From the beginning, we have run a campaign focused on working hard, connecting with voters, and putting together an effort designed to win. This report demonstrates that our campaign is in position to compete, spread our positive conservative message, and win on March 15,” said Goodman. “Campaigns are not about money, they are about principles, service, and who is ready to stand up and fight for the families and taxpayers of their district. I’m proud of the effort we have put together and am blessed to have the resources to make our case to the voters of the 87th District over the next 45 days.

The vast majority of individual contributions were of $100 or less and came from right here in our part of Ohio. Wes Goodman has knocked on nearly 5,000 doors across the district, has been endorsed by Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, as well as Ohio Right to Life, Citizens for Community Values, the Ohio Conservative Republican Leadership Committee, Family First PAC, and the Ohio Citizens PAC. In addition he has been endorsed and supported by current and former elected officials, business leaders, pastors, and other community leaders in all five counties of the 87th District.

Wes Goodman is a Republican candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 87th District, encompassing Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties. He and his wife Bethany live in Cardington in Morrow County, and are part of a third-generation farming family. 

Wes Goodman Files Petitions for the Republican Nomination for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 87th District

CARDINGTON, OH – Earlier today, Wes Goodman filed his petitions at the Crawford County Board of Elections, officially becoming a candidate in the March 15 Republican primary for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 87th District, encompassing Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties. The seat is currently held by State Representative Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) who is in his final term under Ohio term limits law. The district heavily favors Republicans.

 

 

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For the last six months, I have had the incredible honor to spend time visiting all five counties in the 87th district, and have met some amazing people,” said Goodman. “I’m proud of the effort we have been able to put together. I have knocked on nearly 3,500 doors, attended dozens of events, festivals, and fairs, visited businesses and churches across the district, and earned the support and endorsements of key elected officials and community leaders. We are in great shape to win this election in just ninety days.”

Goodman has been a vocal conservative on the campaign trail, focusing on policies that enhance the economic competitiveness of Ohio and improve the lives of families and taxpayers. He often reminds voters of the importance of electing conservatives who are willing to stand for a principled position and against the career politicians and special interests who too often favor the few at the expense of opportunity for all.

“Every day, I talk with people who love our country, but are tired of watching career politicians fail to fight for the principles in office they say they believe in on the campaign trail,” said Goodman. “Too often, they are frustrated by policies that seem to benefit the politically favored or well connected, at the expense of families and taxpayers in our part of the state. But beneath the frustration there is a patriotic optimism that America will get it right. That we will reconnect with our founding principles and virtue in a way that will make the 21st century another American century. That we can make our part of Ohio the best place to live, work, raise a family, start a business, and live the American Dream. With the right policies, the right principles, and with new leadership, we will get the job done.”

Wes Goodman is a Republican candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 87th District, encompassing Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties.  He and his wife Bethany live in Cardington in Morrow County, near their third-generation family farm. For more information, please visit www.WesGoodman.com.

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) Endorses Wes Goodman for the 87th District of the Ohio House of Representatives

 

CARDINGTON, OH – Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) endorsed Wes Goodman in his campaign for the Republican nomination for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 87th District.

His full statement reads:

“I’ve known Wes Goodman for nearly a decade. For much of that time he was a part of our team, helping me serve the families and taxpayers of our part of Ohio. Today, I proudly endorse Wes in his campaign for the Ohio House of Representatives. I’ve seen firsthand Wes’s commitment to fighting for our conservative values and principles. He has the character, experience, and passion to serve the families and taxpayers of our part of Ohio in the Statehouse. I hope you will join me in supporting Wes, a new bold, energetic conservative leader for Ohio!”

-Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH)

“I am grateful to Congressman Jordan for his incredible commitment to the conservative cause, both in Ohio and nationally,” said Wes Goodman.  “He has been a friend and mentor for many years, and today I am honored and humbled by his endorsement. Like him, I know that we serve Ohio’s families and taxpayers best when we stand up and fight for the conservative values and principles of our part of Ohio. Most importantly, we need leaders who do in office what they told us on the campaign trail—not just campaign conservatives. I will do that every single day I have the opportunity to serve, and continue to be thankful for the tremendous support our positive conservative message receives across the 87th District.”

Jim Jordan represents the 4th Congressional District of Ohio in United States House of Representatives.  He currently or has represented Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties in Congress. As past chair of the Republican Study Committee and current Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Jim Jordan is recognized as one of the foremost conservative political leaders in Ohio and the nation.

Wes Goodman is a Republican candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 87th District, encompassing Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties.  For more information, please visit www.WesGoodman.com.

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Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

CARDINGTON – Growing up on our family’s farm, I learned the value of hard work. In America’s free enterprise system we are rewarded for that hard work and for creating value for others. Unfortunately, too many politicians today think that our income is whatever they allow us to keep.

That’s why I signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  It is my pledge to you–the taxpayer of the State of Ohio–that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.

I was proud to sign the pledge at Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. in Upper Sandusky, a third-generation family business run by my friend Paul Kalmbach. They employ over 250 people and are one of the leading agribusinesses in our part of Ohio. Keeping taxes low allows them to create more jobs, keep investing and growing in our state, and to give more opportunities for families to succeed.

Like Paul, I understand that more taxation and more government reduces prosperity, diminishes freedom, and hurts all Ohio families. We cannot continue to trust politicians whose answers always seem to be taking money out of our pockets to line the pockets of government.

That is why I will not vote to increase taxes and will oppose and any all attempts to do so. I believe we must work toward eliminating Ohio’s income tax in favor of a revenue system that is more fair and simple, and that doesn’t punish success and entrepreneurship.

Ohio families and businesses deserve conservative leadership that they can trust to be on their side. I’ve been a conservative all my life, and today I’m putting in writing my pledge to you not to raise your taxes.

Together, we will make our part of the state the best place to live, work, raise a family, start a business, and live the American Dream–right here in Ohio!

Friends of Wes Goodman Announces Nearly $10,000 in Contributions in First Two Weeks of Campaign in Semiannual Report Filing

CARDINGTON, OH – With semiannual campaign finance reports due to be filed today, Friends of Wes Goodman announced that in the first two weeks of the campaign (the only period covered by this report) they received nearly $10,000 in contributions, with an average contribution of less than $100.

“We have been so humbled by the overwhelming grassroots response to our campaign,” said Wes Goodman.  “The generous support we have received and continue to receive every day will allow us to spread our positive message about the type of conservative leadership we need to make our part of Ohio the best place to live, work, raise a family, start a business, and live the American Dream.”

Wes Goodman is a Republican candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 87th District, encompassing Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties.  For more information, please visit www.WesGoodman.com.

5 Commonsense Steps Toward Ohio’s Economic Leadership

At the turn of the 20th Century, my great-great grandfather was the village blacksmith in my hometown of Cardington. He worked hard to support his family and serve our community. He, and millions like him across our state, was part of a generation of Ohioans that brought light and flight to the world, revolutionized the way we do business and make things, put a man on the moon, and whose optimistic spirit drove our very special state to lead the nation in so many areas. It was a time for choosing, and they chose greatness. Through hard work, core convictions, the right policies, and a lot of courage, they built the state that today we are all proud to call home.

We stand today in 2015 with a similar choice to make. Many elites in Washington and Columbus are trying to convince us that our best days are behind us, that our job is to manage decline and find new ways to divide an ever smaller pie. We must categorically reject such thinking, and the temptation to despair that accompanies it. Ours is not a false hope, but one based on the rightness of our principles, the experience of our past, and an unshakeable faith that good men and women who work hard can and will live the American Dream right here in Ohio.

The job before us as a state is to unleash the potential of our people—potential that for too much of the last few decades has been shackled by over-extended government, and the stagnant economy that accompanied it. We should be proud of our recent steps in the right direction, but we can and must do more to make Ohio once again a regional, national, and even global economic leader.

First, we must limit the size and scope of government in Ohio. Recently, the Buckeye Institute released a report detailing $2.6 billion in savings within Ohio government. Put another way, that is almost $1,000 in savings for a family of four in our state. Through commonsense reforms like easing government growth rates, ending corporate welfare, and ending government advocacy and philanthropy, we can create an environment where state government is limited and predictable, and private sector growth and job creation can expand.

Second, hard-working Ohioans should keep more of what they earn. Over the next decade our state should work toward eliminating Ohio’s income tax in favor of a revenue system that is more fair and simple, and that doesn’t punish success and entrepreneurship. Ohio must also resist the urge to cripple new industries and technologies with punishing taxation that discourages innovation and investment in our state.

Third, we must stop Obamacare in Ohio. The Founders intended the states to be the first line of defense against federal overreach. No law in recent memory embodies that more than the federal takeover of health care of Obamacare. Ohio can and must stand up to Washington to protect our citizens from the worst effects of this harmful law. Our state cannot succeed while the tentacles of Obamacare cripple our state. We can only truly serve patients and providers and make our state a real health care leader by stopping Obamacare in Ohio.

Fourth, we must empower families, communities, and educators, to make Ohio schools the best in the nation. We cannot allow bureaucrats in Washington or Columbus to drive the education choices of our students. Failed programs like Common Core must be ended in favor of solutions that present families and educators with real choices and high-quality curriculum to help our students succeed.

Fifth, Ohio’s leaders must stand with Ohio’s workforce by supporting worker freedom that recognizes the basic right of all Ohio workers to associate freely with labor organizations of their choice. No Ohioan should be compelled into union membership as a condition of employment. Free workers help businesses create more jobs at higher wages with more opportunity.

These five solutions are a commonsense start to keeping and getting Ohio on the right economic track. We also must realize that healthy, intact families with married moms and dads are the most stable, the most productive, and the best way to pass on the American Dream to the next generation of Ohioans. Thriving families are the only way that we will have a thriving economy with a limited government.

Finally, too many politicians will agree with these solutions but lack the political courage to stand up to special interests when the time comes to do what they promised voters. It is not enough just to subscribe to the right policies. You must have the courage to stand and fight to make your state the best place to live, work, raise a family, and start a business. With new, principled, and accountable conservative leadership, Ohio will do just that. Our history is not greater than our destiny, and together we will lead the way.

Originally printed in the Ohio Conservative Review. To read the original post, click HERE.

 

Morrow County Sentinel – Goodman announces bid for Republican nod for 87th district

CARDINGTON – Morrow County native Wes Goodman announced his campaign to seek the Republican nomination for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 87th District in an email message to family, friends, and supporters on June 15. The district is currently represented by Rep. Jeff McClain of Wyandot County who is termed out at the end of his current term. The district is comprised of Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Seneca, and Wyandot counties.

Born into a family of farmers and first responders in Morrow County, Ohio, Wes Goodman learned early the importance of building into local communities that lawmakers often seem to forget. From an early age, his faith compelled him to serve those families and communities.

That is why, after nearly ten years of serving Ohio families and communities and championing family and freedom’s causes at home, Wes is asking to serve his neighbors as the next representative of Ohio House District 87.

“I’ve met too many people who think your voice doesn’t matter and shouldn’t matter — that those already in Columbus or Washington are best equipped to govern and know best,” says Wes. “They’re wrong. Rural, small-town life is our state and country’s backbone. I’m running to bring our conservative principles to Columbus.”

Raised to value community involvement through organizations like the Boy Scouts and the Sons of the American Legion, Wes’s sense of public service escalated on September 11, 2001. At age 17, he “woke up to the larger forces shaping everyday life, the importance of knowing and promoting the ideals and principles of your country.” Soon Wes began earning his B.A. in Politics & Government from Ohio Wesleyan University (2006). Sensing that he could serve his community as part of the political process, he worked briefly for former Ohio senator and current attorney general Mike DeWine (R-OH) before joining Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) staff when he won the election to represent his district in Congress.

For over six years, Wes served Congressman Jordan and the Fourth District of Ohio, developing and promoting constitutional, fiscally responsible, pro-family policies for the congressman, whom many regard as “the conscience of the conservative movement.” In 2009, Wes helped preserve nearly 20 pro-life laws through a Democrat-controlled Congress. When the 2010 debt ceiling crisis loomed, Wes’s team drove House Republicans, who had promised voters they would cut spending, to pass a historic “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan designed to reign in the reckless spending of President Obama and the Democrats and begin returning government to its constitutional limits.

By 2013, Wes’s commitment to principled leadership had led him to serve as managing director of the Conservative Action Project, a coalition effort of the nation’s top conservative leaders and organizations, where he helped lead the fight to repeal and defund Obamacare, balance the budget without raising taxes, protect life and religious liberty, enhance conservative messaging, and hold Congress accountable to voters.

“Our heartland values are worth fighting for,” says Wes. “Faith, family, service, stewardship, strong education, and investment in our local communities are what Ohioans value. My wife Bethany and I value those same things and are ready to get to work to serve you.”

He adds: “These fights need leaders who breathe these values. Ohioans deserve no less.”

Click HERE to read the article in the Morrow County Sentinel.

The Marion Star – Goodman seeks seat in Ohio house

CARDINGTON – Morrow County native Wes Goodman announced his campaign to seek the Republican nomination for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 87th District in an email message to family, friends and supporters Monday morning.

The district is represented by Rep. Jeff McClain, of Wyandot County, who is termed out at the end of his current term. The district includes Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Seneca and Wyandot counties.

According to a news release, Goodman was born into a family of farmers and first responders in Morrow County.

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“Wes learned early the importance of building into local communities that lawmakers often seem to forget. From an early age, his faith compelled him to serve those families and communities,” Goodman said.

That is why, after nearly 10 years of serving Ohio families and communities and championing family and freedom’s causes at home, Wes is asking to serve his neighbors as the next representative of Ohio House District 87.

“I’ve met too many people who think your voice doesn’t matter and shouldn’t matter — that those already in Columbus or Washington are best equipped to govern and know best. They’re wrong. Rural, small-town life is our state and country’s backbone. I’m running to bring our conservative principles to Columbus,” he said.

Goodman worked briefly for former Ohio senator and current attorney general Mike DeWine before joining Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) staff in Congress.

For more than six years, he served Congressman Jordan and the Fourth District of Ohio, developing and promoting constitutional, fiscally responsible, pro-family policies for the congressman, whom many regard as “the conscience of the conservative movement.”

By 2013, Goodman’s commitment to principled leadership had led him to serve as managing director of the Conservative Action Project, a coalition effort of the nation’s top conservative leaders and organizations.

“Our heartland values are worth fighting for. Faith, family, service, stewardship, strong education, and investment in our local communities are what Ohioans value. My wife Bethany and I value those same things and are ready to get to work to serve you.”

Click HERE to read the article in the Marion Star.

Wes Goodman Announces Bid For Republican Nomination for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 87th District

CARDINGTON, OH – Morrow County native Wes Goodman announced his campaign to seek the Republican nomination for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 87th District in an email message to family, friends, and supporters this morning. The district is currently represented by Rep. Jeff McClain of Wyandot County who is termed out at the end of his current term. The district is comprised of Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Seneca, and Wyandot counties.

Goodman’s top priorities as a legislator will be making Ohio more economically competitive, bringing fresh and accountable conservative leadership to Columbus, and renewing the optimistic spirit of and unlimited potential and opportunity for hard-working Ohio families and small businesses.

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Born into a family of farmers and first responders in Morrow County, Ohio, Wes Goodman learned early the importance of building into local communities that lawmakers often seem to forget. From an early age, his faith compelled him to serve those families and communities.

That is why, after nearly ten years of serving Ohio families and communities and championing family and freedom’s causes at home, Wes is asking to serve his neighbors as the next representative of Ohio House District 87.

“I’ve met too many people who think your voice doesn’t matter and shouldn’t matter — that those already in Columbus or Washington are best equipped to govern and know best,” says Wes. “They’re wrong. Rural, small-town life is our state and country’s backbone. I’m running to bring our conservative principles to Columbus.”

Raised to value community involvement through organizations like the Boy Scouts and the Sons of the American Legion, Wes’s sense of public service escalated on September 11, 2001. At age 17, he “woke up to the larger forces shaping everyday life, the importance of knowing and promoting the ideals and principles of your country.” Soon Wes began earning his B.A. in Politics & Government from Ohio Wesleyan University (2006). Sensing that he could serve his community as part of the political process, he worked briefly for former Ohio senator and current attorney general Mike DeWine (R-OH) before joining Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) staff when he won the election to represent his district in Congress.

For over six years, Wes served Congressman Jordan and the Fourth District of Ohio, developing and promoting constitutional, fiscally responsible, pro-family policies for the congressman, whom many regard as “the conscience of the conservative movement.” In 2009, Wes helped preserve nearly 20 pro-life laws through a Democrat-controlled Congress. When the 2010 debt ceiling crisis loomed, Wes’s team drove House Republicans, who had promised voters they would cut spending, to pass a historic “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan designed to reign in the reckless spending of President Obama and the Democrats and begin returning government to its constitutional limits.

By 2013, Wes’s commitment to principled leadership had led him to serve as managing director of the Conservative Action Project, a coalition effort of the nation’s top conservative leaders and organizations, where he helped lead the fight to repeal and defund Obamacare, balance the budget without raising taxes, protect life and religious liberty, enhance conservative messaging, and hold Congress accountable to voters.

“Our heartland values are worth fighting for,” says Wes. “Faith, family, service, stewardship, strong education, and investment in our local communities are what Ohioans value. My wife Bethany and I value those same things and are ready to get to work to serve you.”

He adds: “These fights need leaders who breathe these values. Ohioans deserve no less.”