U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur has expanded her campaign to include an office in Parma, at 5511 State Road.
Parma, in Cuyahoga County, is the seventh-largest city in Ohio, and one of several new cities that are new to Kaptur, another being Lakewood.
According to Kaptur spokesman Steve Fought, each city has about 50,000 residents in the new 9th Congressional District.
Kaptur's opponent, Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, said he has no headquarters in Cuyahoga County because his campaign doesn't have enough money. Cuyahoga is where about half of the voters of the new 9th live.
Fought said a key component of Kaptur's strategy is to reach out to ethnic constituencies in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, particularly Eastern Europeans and Latinos. The headquarters itself is located in what Parma calls Ukrainian Village.
Fought says that last Saturday Kaptur attended a ceremony in Rockefeller Park in Cleveland at which the Albanian-American community unveiled a statue of Mother Teresa, a native Albanian, in the new Albanian Cultural Garden.
"Basically we continue to introduce voters to Marcy Kaptur and emphasize her positions on the key issues: auto recovery, Medicare and Social Security, and veterans," Fought said.
Regarding Wurzelbacher, Fought said Kaptur has agreed to three debates "because she thinks the public deserves to hear the candidates on the issues."
Wurzelbacher has agreed to one debate.
(photo courtesy of parma.woio.com/news/arts-culture/80445-ukrainian-village-parade-august-25)