O'Brien and Obhof Visit with Ashtabula High School Students to Talk About Public Service, Bipartisanship
November 1, 2019
Republican Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and Democrat Minority Whip Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) visited yesterday with students at Saint John School and Lakeside High School in Ashtabula.
President Obhof, who graduated from Saint John’s in 1996, and Senator O’Brien, who represents the area, shared with students about their interest and start in public service, how state legislators work with Ashtabula’s local leaders, and the importance of bipartisanship and civility. The senators also answered questions about economic development, criminal justice reform and Ohio’s opiate crisis, among other topics.
“It was great to be back in my hometown, particularly to speak to so many students,” said Obhof. “Sean and I want them to realize how much good can be accomplished for our schools, our communities and our state when people from different perspectives work together to find solutions. I appreciate the excellent questions, ideas and opinions that they shared with both of us.”
“During our school tour, President Obhof and I learned a lot,” said O’Brien. “We saw the innovation happening in Ashtabula schools and were inspired by the dedication and energy of faculty, teachers and students. Visits like this are so important because, as a lawmaker, I see the challenges of our school districts first-hand and can better advocate for our community at the Statehouse.”
“Our students really enjoyed the time that they spent with Senators Obhof and O’Brien,” said Scott Plescia, Principal, Saint John School. “They engaged and interacted with our students not only about the legislative process but also about current issues facing Ashtabula county and abroad. It is a day that our students will not soon forget.”
"The opportunity for students to interact with those that represent them in government is so important for full understanding of the ins and outs of government,” added Janice Timonere, social studies teacher, Lakeside High School. “We are so thankful to both Senator Obhof and Senator O'Brien for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with our students. They were open with the students and really took the time to engage with the students and answer their questions. They also showed the students how elected officials from different parties can work together in a positive way."