Two candidates part of Red to Blue emerging races. Congressional candidates in the 14th District, Michael Wager and in the 6th District, Jennifer Garrison, are on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's list of ''emerging races,'' according to a DCCC news release last week, to be campaigns that ''are on track and working hard to put seats in play.''
The listing puts the two on track to be included in the DCCC's Red to Blue Program, which highlights the top Democratic campaigns in the United States and offers the candidates ''financial, communications, grassroots and strategic support.''
Wager of Moreland Hills, the former chairman of the Cleveland Port Authority, is challenging Dave Joyce, a Russell Township Republican, who is after his second full term in the 14th District in November. Neither have primary election challengers.
In the 6th District, Garrison, a former state representative from Marietta, must first get around Democrat Gregory D. Howard of Albany in May's primary election to challenge Republican Bill Johnson, after his third term.
The sprawling 6th District includes the southern portion of Mahoning County. The 14th District includes the northern portion of Trumbull County.
Wager and Garrison said the same thing in different news releases, that earning a spot as an emerging race means the campaign has ''the support, confidence and momentum to win in November, and bring common-sense solutions to Washington.''
DCCC chairman Steve Israel said Wager is committed to growing the middle class, bettering the economy and creating jobs and that he is working hard ''to put this seat in play so he can fight to lift middle class incomes and will work together to find solutions for Ohio families.''
Israel had this to say about Garrison: She has put this seat into play ''because she is a common-sense leader who will take a responsible approach to creating jobs and providing educational opportunity.''
Kevin Benacci, Joyce campaign manager, said, ''Now that liberal Michael Wager has finally moved into the district from Shaker Heights, it will be interesting to see what he has in common with the middle class - as he settles into his new $1.3 million home. While he was busy finding the district, Dave Joyce was voting to repeal Obamacare every chance he had, get Washington on a budget and help make sure one of northeast Ohio's economic engines - Lake Erie - was preserved and protected.''
Johnson campaign advisor Matt Dole said Johnson ''is busy working on ways to bring more jobs to Ohio'' and that after Democrats nominate their candidate ''our campaign will have more to say about whomever our opponent is.''
There were no races in Ohio among the 16 announced last week in the Red to Blue Program.