Jennifer Garrison entered the Ohio Legislature by defeating a long-time Republican incumbent. Now, she wants to do the same running for Congress. She has the support of the mayors of Washington County's two cities.
"I know Jennifer to be hard-working," said Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz. "She is super intelligent."
While making no mention of the future of eastern Ohio's coal industry, Garrison touted her experience in the expanding oil and gas industry: as a negotiator of drilling leases for homeowners in the two years since she left Columbus.
"This is a phenomenal economic development opportunity for our region," Garrison told reporters, "that will absolutely change opportunities for our children and grandchildren to relocate back to this region to complete their education."
It's still a question whether she'll be the sole candidate for the Democratic nomination. Area State Senator Lou Gentile has also been recently been considering a run for the sixth district seat, now held by Republican Bill Johnson.
"I've continued to have a discussion with people here in Southeastern Ohio as to how to improve our economy," Gentile said during a visit to Marietta Tuesday, "and I want to be in the best possible place to do that. So no decision yet."
"It is a very long time before there is a deadline and there could be other possible candidates," said Molly Varner, Washington County Democratic Chairwoman. "But I think getting into the game early is a benefit to her campaign."
Said Garrison: " Right now, I'm the only candidate for Congress, and I'm not aware of anyone else getting in."
Garrison served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.