Inside Elections/Roll Call Shifts OH-14 in Rader’s Favor

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Inside Elections/Roll Call Shifts OH-14 in Rader’s Favor

Novelty, OH – On Wednesday morning, Inside Elections/Roll Call, one of the leading sources for analysis on House races across the country, moved OH-14 in Democratic nominee Betsy Rader’s favor. Inside Elections/Roll Call joins the Cook Political Report, Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and CNN in ranking Joyce as a vulnerable Republican in November’s election.

“As I’ve talked with voters across Ohio’s 14th District, it’s become clear to me that folks are ready for new leadership in Congress, and I’m glad that the ratings changes are moving to reflect what I’ve been hearing from voters all along,” said Betsy Rader, the Democratic nominee in OH-14. “People in our district want a representative in Washington who will look them in the eye and talk about the issues they care about like healthcare and our environment. That’s why I’ll gladly show up anywhere from living rooms to town halls to hear from folks–but that’s not what we’re getting from our current Congressman, David Joyce. He’s consistently dodged town halls, and is refusing to hear directly from voters or defend his vote for the failed tax plan. And that’s why we’re going to replace him in November.

BACKGROUND: District 14 “town hall” misses Rep. David Joyce
About 150 people gathered in Veterans Park on Painesville Square on Saturday morning for what they called a town hall meeting to raise issues with their congressman. As with many similar events across the country during the current recess, the congressman — Republican David Joyce of Russell Township — did not attend, but was represented by a life-size cardboard cutout.

Release: Betsy Rader Takes Town Hall Pledge
On Thursday, Betsy Rader took the Town Hall Project’s “Town Hall Pledge,” formalizing her commitment to being accessible to voters. As part of the pledge, Betsy is committing to hold a minimum of four town halls each calendar year of her term that are free and open to the public.

Star Beacon: Progressive voters meet on gun control in Jefferson
The town hall was organized by Never Again OH-14, a collaboration of regional progressive groups that includes area students now at the epicenter of the gun violence debate. Organizers invited Republican U.S. Rep. David Joyce and his Democratic opponent in the November mid-terms Betsy Rader, an employment attorney from Russell Township, to hear from voters. Joyce did not attend.

News-Herald: Mentor students march to Rep. Joyce’s office to advocate for gun control
“Not one more, not one more,” a group of about 20 high school students chanted as they marched down Center Street in Mentor April 20. Their destination was the 8500 Station St. office of Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge Township, to advocate for gun reform. They marched the roughly two miles from Mentor High School… Neither Joyce nor a representative from his office came down to address the protesting students… Cunningham helped organize a town hall on gun control in Jefferson April 7. She said that Joyce declined an invitation to the event, so she thought she would bring her concerns to him.