Johnson’s RV Tour makes stop in Ironton

Published 10:05 am Thursday, September 9, 2010

Republican candidate for Ohio’s Sixth Congressional District, Bill Johnson, visited Ironton Wednesday evening as a part of his “RV Tour.”

The town hall style meeting was held at the Ironton Senior Center where concerned voters asked Johnson how he could help Lawrence County and the nation.

Johnson’s casual and informal town hall meeting in Ironton was one of four stops on his “RV Tour.”

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“I’m here to hear from you,” Johnson said. “We’ll talk about what ails this country.”

This is the first political race for Johnson, who is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and is currently chief information officer of a publicly traded manufacturing company. He said he decided to run for the Sixth District for two reasons, faith and country.

“I believe this country was founded on faith,” he said.

He proposed to offer Lawrence County a responsible government and fiscal responsibility if he is elected.

“I ask people what their concerns are,” Johnson said. “It all comes back to jobs. I want to get the government off the backs of small businesses.”

He also said in support of free enterprise, “I believe we’ve got smart people in our country, and we’ve never needed Obama, Nancy Pelosi or Charlie Wilson to tell us how to run it.”

One solution he offered to help small business was to repeal and replace the new health care bills enacted by the Obama Administration.

Johnson said of his Democratic opponent Charlie Wilson, “He’s not concerned about your jobs or what you say.”

He also fielded questions from the audience about immigration.

Johnson said in favor of the new Arizona immigration laws, “We have to figure out what to do with our borders. It starts with protecting our borders.”

Johnson said he feels his job, if elected, would be to get the federal government back in line.

“I believe what Washington needs is common sense leadership that does what’s right for the American people, not what’s right for Washington.”