Ohio Democrats make appeals to Southeast Ohio voters

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MARIETTA, Oh.-(WTAP) It's been about a month since the May primary, but Ohio Democrats are already pushing to return to power in Columbus in the November election.

Recent candidate for governor Joe Schiavoni joined two area candidates for the House of Representatives Tuesday at news conferences in Marietta and Athens.

Democrats are focusing on two recent issues involving the Republican-led Statehouse, in their bid to win legislative seats and statewide offices, including governor.

One is the closing in January of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, also known as ECOT.

They say the privately run online school was a drain on tax dollars that should be going to public schools.

"Year after year, ECOT has been taking money from public school systems," claimed 95th House District candidate Dan Milleson, "along with state government reducing the amount they're funding to your local school districts."

Milleson is opposed by Republican candidate Dan Jones. Current representative Andy Thompson is not running due to term limits.

"As long as a large campaign donor is taken care of, the Statehouse will turn the other eye when it comes to accountability and common-sense policy," 94th House District candidate Taylor Sappington argued at Tuesday's event. Sappington is running against current Republican representative Jay Edwards.

Schiavoni was one of four candidates for governor in the May primary, won by Richard Cordray.

Candidates also discussed the impasse in electing an interim Speaker of the House. Speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigned in April amid a potential investigation.

The House is scheduled Wednesday to vote on choosing a new speaker.