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Local congressional race receives national attention

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A local congressional race is getting national attention as a self-proclaimed, outspoken plumber challenges a longtime politician.  

Even Samuel Wurzelbacher will admit he is no politician, but he feels that is his advantage.

"I'm just a regular man like everybody else out there that just wants to see something get done," said Wurzelbacher.

Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," was thrust into the national spotlight after he challenged then presidential candidate Barack Obama on a campaign stop.

Fast-forward four years and Wurzelbacher is running against longtime Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, for the 9th Congressional Seat. 

Both say without a question, the biggest issue facing the district is the economy.

"Keeping jobs and our economy growing, make sure we keep the trajectory up, in terms of the opportunities available," said Kaptur.

"The median income in this area is down. Unemployment is way up. I don't use political math. [With] political math, you might as well not have learned math back in high school because they make it up as they go. You got so many people out of work right now, really it's a bad thing," said Wurzelbacher.

Wurzelbacher says if elected, he will fight for tax replacement with experience as a business owner setting him apart.

"I bring reality to the situation. All of my life is based in reality and working everyday, to where Miss Kaptur's reality is based on theory alone. She hasn't ever had a private sector job," explained Wurzelbacher.   

Kaptur, the senior-most woman in the U.S. House of Representatives, was first elected to her seat in 1982 and is serving her 15th term. She says her experience is her advantage, especially when it comes to the economy.

"A record of actually helping all of our apprentice programs, all of our workforce training programs, knowledge of them, knowledge of where to go for help," said Kaptur. "I see experience as very important at the national level. It's very hard for us to gain footing to bring those dollars back to our region."

Rep. Kaptur faced one of her greatest challenges this primary season after redistricting pitted her against fellow Democrat Dennis Kucinich. Kaptur is proud of her record and commitment to the 9th Congressional District, a history she says Wurzelbacher just does not have.

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