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Huron Co. Democrats hold democracy dinner

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Oct 2, 2019 at 3:00 PM

The Huron County Democratic Party recently held its annual democracy dinner featuring Joe Logan, president of the Ohio Farmers Union, as the keynote speaker.

Logan highlighted the beginning of the Farmers Union in 1902 and their mission to serve family farmers and consumers. Between 1902 and 1920, the Farmers Union grew to 5 million members. Logan talked about the challenges to family farms today of rising tariffs, climate change and the need for a better Farm Bill Safety Net.

Due to the changes in “Big Ag,” which used to be six large conglomerates, and now with mergers is three, which are under foreign control, there are higher prices and less research, Logan said. He also noted today’s Farmers Union is committed to helping independent family farmers prosper.

Norwalk mayoral candidate Dave Light talked about his long-time commitment to Norwalk, his many years in city government and vast experience in city budgeting. He served as a Norwalk police officer and chief for 34 years. Light retired as the chief in February 2018.

“He will bring integrity and a solid work ethic to the mayor’s office. He is committed to moving Norwalk’s economic development efforts forward and (is) passionate about improving the quality of life for everyone,” said Sue Lesch, chairwoman of the Huron County Democrats.

Local Democrats said they were pleased to sponsor the attendance of about 30 students from Norwalk, St. Paul Catholic and Western Reserve high schools. The students engaged in conversation with Democratic leaders and had fun with emcee Dennis Stieber and his trivia contest highlighting the 20 Democratic presidential candidates.

Lesch challenged students to always lead with integrity.

“Seek the truth in the Constitution and our country’s history on issues of equality and immigration. Seek the truth in science and our own eyes in issues surrounding climate change. Seek the truth from experts, doctors and data when considering solutions to gun violence,” she said.

Lesch closed with a quote from national historian Jon Meacham’s book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.”

“In our finest hours … the soul of the country manifests itself in an inclination to open our arms rather than to clench our fists; to look out rather than to turn inward; to accept rather than to reject. In so doing, America has grown ever stronger, confident that the choice of light over dark is the means by which we pursue progress.”

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