Pease Draws Over 50 Supporters for Hometown Parade

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WORTHINGTON — Over 50 supporters of Casey Pease marched in Worthington’s 250th anniversary parade on Saturday, June 30, with plenty more wearing shirts and carrying signs along the route. Coming into town from around the 1st Franklin District, they turned out in force to show their support for Pease’s campaign for state representative.

Anyone wondering who the “Casey Pease” appearing on lawn signs at house after house in the area had their answer as Pease, the candidate himself, made his way down the parade route. Greeting people along the way and stopping to speak with others who had set up chairs along the road, he ran into still more supporters either wearing his buttons or asking for lawn signs.

“It would be an understatement to say that we had an impressive showing today. The fact that so many people were willing to come from every corner of the district to march with us today—and outnumber all our opponents combined—is beyond humbling.” Pease said, noting that no other candidate had been able to muster anything close to these numbers at any other parade this year, including at their hometown parades.

Stephanie Slysz, Pease’s campaign manager, admitted that Pease had an inherent advantage as a lifelong resident of the district and as the only serious candidate to have his hometown in the district. Still, she noted that some voters may be overwhelmed with so many others coming out of the woodwork to vie for retiring Rep. Steve Kulik’s seat.

“What’s important to remember is that the candidates in this race are not all the same,” Slysz emphasized. “There are candidates in this race who are opposed to single-payer healthcare, whose position on supporting local public schools over charter schools remains murky, and who are actively fundraising big money from out of state,” she said.

Pease was quick to point out that, “Among the true progressive candidates, what sets me apart is my strong, progressive record. I was here for the Save Our Public Schools campaign, worked to pass a resolution against money in politics after Citizens United, and have been an early champion of single-payer and 100% renewable energy.”

“We’re running a grassroots campaign that is unifying and uplifting, and what we saw today was progressives rallying around Casey,” Slysz said.

“We have the momentum, we have the organization, and we have the people,” Pease declared.

Come September 4, Pease may also have the votes.

Cory Bisbee