U.S. Rep. Ryan earns re-election

U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, has served the 13th Congressional District well, and he should keep his seat over two challengers on Nov. 8.

Ryan is facing write-in candidate Calvin Hill of Youngstown and Republican challenger Richard Morckel of Akron.

Ryan’s seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which controls federal government expenditures, and its Defense Subcommittee, give the area clout that would be hard to replace.

Ryan’s hands-on involvement can be credited in large part for millions of dollars in funds that have come to our area. That includes $12.7 million for area military bases spelled out in the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. In late September, Ryan announced that a $7.8 million construction contract was awarded to a Niles company.

During his tenure in Washington, he has been instrumental in driving development of America Makes, also known as the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in downtown Youngstown. This new-age manufacturing is keeping America — and particularly the Mahoning Valley — ahead of the curve in 3-D printing. That’s something that has parlayed into an opportunity for local leaders in manufacturing to come to the table with CEOs of global manufacturing firms.

Ryan said he continues to believe in downtown Warren’s Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, or TBEIC, despite its slow start. TBEIC got its start with a 2010 earmark secured by Ryan that allowed the purchase and renovation of the former Kresge building on Courthouse Square in Warren.

While we question the ongoing commitment of public funds to the project that has not yet bore fruit, we credit Ryan for his tenacity and ability to stay the course.

“It’s not like these guys are fleecing the taxpayers. We are trying to get something off the ground, and I put it downtown for a reason,” Ryan said. “This has taken us much longer that we wanted, but it’s going to take off.”

Ryan’s experience and rising seniority can only contribute to the strong leadership he provides to our area, and we endorse him for re-election.