Challenger emerges for Johnson’s House seat

LISBON – Announcing she is running on concerns for jobs and education, Marietta resident Jennifer Garrison is the first to announce she will run against 6th District U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson in 2014.

Garrison made an appearance in Canfield Tuesday afternoon, an event which followed a press release announcing her intentions to seek Johnson’s seat.

Garrison, a Democrat, was an Ohio House representative from 2004 through 2010. She twice successfully ran for re-election in the 93rd House District, which encompasses Noble, Monroe, Guernsey counties as well as parts of Washington and Muskingum counties. The area lies in the middle of the 6th Congressional District.

While in the Ohio House, Garrison said she concentrated on creating jobs and money for education, both funding issues for rural districts and new construction for schools.

Besides her time in the state legislature, her biography states she is an attorney who has spent time negotiating shale oil and gas leases for landowners in Southeast Ohio. The organization she founded, the Southeast Ohio Landowners’ Association, garnered more than $250 million on the behalf of landowners in that region, she said.

“It’s time to solve problems, and for the hard working folks of Ohio’s 6th Congressional District to have a fighter for our middle class families,” Garrison said in a press release. “Both political parties have not focused enough on jobs, job security and the kitchen table issues our neighbors and families face everyday. Whether it’s been improving education funding for rural Ohio, keeping utility rates low for consumers and manufacturers or demanding transparency from the legislature, I have a track record of getting results and look forward to this campaign.”

Garrison and her husband Russ live in Marietta and have three children, ages 20, 19 and 14.

Johnson, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, is currently in his second term as the 6th District congressman. He also lives in Marietta with his wife and youngest son.