Fifty-six-year-old Terry Anderson admits he's known best for the seven years he was in captivity in the Middle East.
“The seven years I was a hostage were important in my life, but so were the six years I was a Marine, the years I worked as a radio, television and newspaper journalist, the 17 years I was a correspondent for the Associated Press,” says Terry Anderson.
But Ohio's democratic party hopes he can be known for something else: as the person who helped their party end the republican control of the state legislature.
"Politicians should have goals and vision and should strive to raise the quality of life for their people," said State Senator and Senate Democratic Leader Greg DiDonato," not to be worrying about who's going to be the next governor.”
While he admits he hasn't completely determined what issues he'll campaign on, Anderson appears to be emphasizing one thing he mentioned repeatedly: education, education, education.
"The only way we can make them pay attention to a problem everybody knows is there, is by our votes," Anderson said. "And we're going to have to insist; we can't let them continue ignoring us."
To successfully elect Anderson, democrats also have to contend with history. Our region hasn't had a democratic state senator in decades.