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LIMA — For Democrats in Ohio’s 4th District, the fight to unseat Jim Jordan in 2022 has already begun. After 14 years of the incumbent Republican dominating north-central Ohio, there may be a legitimate challenger from the other side in the next election.
Jeffrey Sites, a warehouse manager and Army veteran from the Lima area, gained national attention last week when his first election advertisement was released. Since then, the ad that announced his bid for Congress and scrutinized Jordan’s performance in Washington has amassed 850,000 views across social media.
For Sites, those views have turned into a flurry of donations, raising over $100,000 from more than 2,700 donors since the ad came out. According to the Sites campaign, they have received contributions from all fifty states and Washington, D.C.
“We’ve had a lot of grassroots donations, and that just shows you that politicians don’t need dark money and the corporate PACs and things like that,” Sites said. “I think we’re over 12,000 donors out there, and it’s just humbling to get all those donations from people across the nation, but it’s all about getting the constituents to trust their candidate again.”
The Sites campaign will still have an uphill battle to beat Jordan, who raised a whopping $18.3 million during the 2020 election cycle.
With redrawing of Ohio’s congressional districts looming before the 2022 election, candidates will be holding their breaths to find out where the new lines are being drawn and what new pockets of voters will need to be won over. The 4th District is one of the most heavily gerrymandered in the state, drawn to capture the most Republican areas West of Columbus and Cleveland. While the new map could bring in some new voters for Sites, he is only focused on the district as it stands.
“I don’t want to speculate that it would benefit either one of us,” Sites said. “I just know that building a grassroots campaign is going to take a long time for us to do that, so we can’t wait for those districts to be redrawn, so we’re going to be talking to people throughout the current district.”
The Lima News reached out to Representative Jordan about the redistricting issue, but got no response from his office in Washington.
Sites has been impressed with the response to his campaign, not just from across the country, but also in the 4th District.
“We try and target our Facebook page toward the Ohio 4th, and we’ve seen that following grow, so we know we’re targeting voters in the Ohio 4th,” he said. “We want to target those people so they know who I am, what I stand for, and so they can see the difference between me and Jim Jordan. I want them to know that wherever the districts lie, we’re prepared to take on Jim Jordan.”