If the Ohio primary for Governor were held tomorrow Mahoning Valley Senator Joe Schiavoni would be among the top two democrats leading the pack.
On the Republican side Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is the clear front runner. He’s leading Secretary of State Jon Husted and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor by more than ten points.
The Luntz Global Poll was conducted by Frank Luntz, an American political consultant, pollster, and public opinion guru.
Luntz is also a Republican.
Congresswoman Betty Sutton and Valley Senator Schiavoni are in a dead heat for the lead among voters.
Former Attorney General Richard Cordray is third.
But when it comes to “swing” voters Senator Schiavoni has a six point lead for the democrats and he said his grassroots effort means traveling to a different city to meet with voters every day.
Schiavoni has also thrown out the speeches so he can have a “real” conversation with Ohio voters and listen to what they want for their families and their futures.
“I don’t go in with some sort of canned stump speech that I just deliver and leave. We go into a meeting. I speak for five minutes on the front end and do question and answer for the rest. Because I want every single person to be able to answer the questions that they have about me, about their concerns that they have, what I’ve done in my life, here in the Valley and so that I can be somebody that they can believe in,” Schiavoni said.
The former Senate Minority leader who is an attorney by trade says, “Our state is in a position where we have to make a change. We have to make a change to invest in people rather than just tax cutting for the rich in order to get to prosperity and so we have a lot of proposals when it comes to broad band expansion. When it comes to job creation, when it comes to funding schools properly, when it comes to building or infrastructure and dealing with the drug problem. All of those bills I could show people and tell them, these are the things that I think are important. These are the things that I would push if I was fortunate enough to be the candidate to run for Governor. But I’m glad the numbers are where they are, but it’s going to take a lot of work, it’s going to take a lot of work from today until May to win the primary . If we can win the primary, and if we can get through the primary it’s going to take a ton of work to win the General Election. But we’re up for it. I have a good young tema, people are working all hours of the clock and putting in the work, so people are getting there,” Schiavoni said.
The state Senator also knows the road to the Governor’s mansion won’t be easy, “I realize there’s a lot of rough things about politics. I realize that this is not going to be easy. My wife and I have talked about this, my parents and I have talked about this. Somebody put sugar in my gas tank at some event, and my car was disabled for a couple of weeks. (Even with two kids car seats in the back seat). I have a person that follows me around to every single thing that I go to, a tracker from some Republican research firm, that goes to every single thing that I go to, sets up a camera in the backroom and films the thing, and then turns it over to somebody, and then they’re going to disect a year of information to try to use something against me. I realize there’s a lot of rough things about politics. I realize that this is not going to be easy. But it’s life and if you think you can make a difference then you go for it and you do it. And so we’re moving forward and the numbers are good. But there’s a lot of work to be done,” Senator Schiavoni said.
Originally published in WFMJ.