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Republican incumbent David Joyce is facing a challenge from Democrat Michael Wager for Ohio's 14th Congressional District, which contains all of Ashtabula, Lake, and Geauga counties, as well as parts of Cuyahoga, Trumbull, Summit and northern Portage counties.
Joyce was elected to office in 2012. Previously, he served as Geauga County prosecutor.
He serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, as well as the House Appropriations Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee.
"My main priorities are simple: Jobs and economy, and make sure our country is safe," he said. Joyce said he recognizes that one of the main pillars of Ohio's economy is manufacturing, and therefore that base should be strengthened through better trade deals and opposition to unfair policies with China and other countries.
Joyce said he's "a big fan of "Buy America," which is supporting local small businesses and the American infrastructure to bolster the economy overall. During his time in Congress, Joyce has become known as "the Great Lakes Guy" for his support of maintaining the ecosystem and trade in the region.
"I wear that badge with honor," he said. "I have always said that the Great Lakes are a national treasure and should be treated as such."
Joyce said rebuilding defense and intelligence capabilities is high on his priorities list.
"This means making sure the men and women in our intelligence and military have the resources they need to keep us safe," he said. "I'm a big believer in if you talk the talk you need to walk the walk. What I mean by that is you need to lead by example."
Wager, who did not respond to requests for comment, is a member of the adjunct faculty at Case Western Reserve University. He served as chairman of the board of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority as a well as a member of the White House Business Council.
According to his website, he supports common sense immigration reform, including improved border security and paths to legal status and citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are living and working in the U.S. He supports efforts to support the agricultural safety net, including policies to help farmers retain more revenue from crop sales and keep farm insurance affordable, as well as investing in clean energy resources.
Write-in candidate Andrew Jarvi lives in Ashtabula County and is aligned with the Green Party.