Fresh face challenges in 9th District

Graham Veysey, a 29-year-old entrepreneur and candidate in the U.S. Congressional race for the newly remapped 9th district, has released a 30-second commercial that introduces him to voters. Photo courtesy of

Veysey is in a three-way race for the March 6 Democratic Primary for the U.S. House of Representatives in the district, which now spans the north coast of Lake Erie – from Toledo to the west side neighborhoods of Cleveland. He is running against long-time incumbents U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D., Cleveland).

This is Veysey's first time running for political office and the campaign promises this spot is just the beginning of his outreach to voters. Though many consider him a dark horse, Veysey said he is quickly gaining steam and gathering supporters.
The campaign’s ultimate goal is for Kucinich and Kaptur to divide the establishment vote while Veysey's growing support will leads to a victory on March 6, said campaign manager Jason Russell.

The television spot is being played on Time Warner Cable and is targeted at Democratic primary voters.
"We have an enormous challenge in the next 46 days to introduce Graham to voters.  We think that if voters know that there is alternative to the status quo - two people who have been politicians for a combined 70 years - the voters will prefer to support a fresh face that represents the future as opposed to two people in Congress who represent the past," Russell said.  

Veysey is a former grassroots organizer for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential bid and a small business owner in the Cleveland area. He said he was born the same year Kaptur was first elected to Congress.

"Nobody knows me.  I don't need a poll to tell me that my name recognition is in single digits - if that,” Veysey said. “What I do know, though, is that only 9 percent of people think Congress is doing a good job and if people know that there is someone like me that wants to represent the interests of the new 9th District more than the interests in Washington, I think I can earn their vote.

"We are going to be outspent by over one-million dollars.  My opponents collect money from special interest groups and lobbyists.  We can do better. We have a $15 trillion debt.  Congress is mortgaging my generation's future.
I was always taught that if you break it, you buy it, you own it.  They've broken it and my generation will have to own it so we should have a seat at the table."

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