Fremont News-Messenger: Democrat has ‘Sites’ set on Jim Jordan’s congressional seat

LIMA – A new challenger is rising in hopes of unseating Congressman Jim Jordan in Ohio’s 4th Congressional District in 2022.

To beat Jordan, Jeffrey Sites is going to need resources, and his campaign is reporting it raised $380,000 in first-quarter campaign funds in his bid to unseat the Republican incumbent in the heavily GOP district.

“There’s not a specific benchmark. We just want to make sure we’ve got the resources to get our message out there. I’m under no illusion that defeating Jim Jordan will be easy, but he has a long record of putting his political career ahead of the needs of this district,” Sites told the News-Messenger Tuesday. “He’s sold out farmers, he’s sold out seniors and working folks. I believe if we put in the time and money and effort to reach out to folks of every political stripe about how he’s failed us, we can hold him accountable and elect a real voice for working families.”

Where are the contributions coming from?

Sites said in a news release that he raised the $380,000 off the strength of thousands of donors, reporting more than 10,000 individual contributions with an average of $38 per person. 

Although Sites is off to a good start in acquiring funds, more will be needed to run against a popular incumbent and an admired conservative voice in the Republican Party.

The 4th congressional district skews Republican thanks to gerrymandered lines that span from parts of Northeast, Central and Southwest Ohio, and includes Fremont.

How other challengers have fared against Jordan

Though Sites has announced his candidacy, other Democrats could still vie for the seat, which would force a primary election in the spring of 2022.

Jordan has won comfortably in recent years since winning the congressional seat in 2007. He has faced multiple challenges from Janet Garrett but defeated her soundly winning by 31 points in 2018, 36 points in 2016, and 35 in 2014.

Most recently, Jordan defeated Shannon Freshour, a Democrat, in the 2020 race, by a 235,875 to 101,879 margin.

Sites was defeated in the April 2020 primary by Freshour by an 18,078 to 11,037 margin.

The closest race Jordan had in recent elections was in 2012 when Democrat Jim Slone closed the incumbent’s gap to 22 points in a losing effort.

Sites’ background

Sites said Jordan has made a career of doing what’s “best for Jim Jordan,” referencing Jordan’s stance on passing stimulus monies to aid ailing Ohioans. 

Sites worked as a military policeman and then, following an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, served as a police officer with the department of defense.

Sites now works at a warehouse for an auto parts store, though during the recession in 2008 he lost his job and was out of work for 22 months.

He said he decided to run for congress, making an announcement in 2020, because “he was tired of career politicians who offered us pandering and empty promises.”

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