U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, of Ohio's 13th congressional district, was in Youngstown Saturday to officially launch his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States.
The 45-year-old Ryan, a native of Niles, announced last Thursday on ABC's The View his intention to seek the nation's highest office. He previously made headlines back in 2016 when he challenged now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the Democratic leadership position, and joins an already-crowded field of Democratic candidates in the 2020 race.
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"I'm a progressive who knows how to talk to working class people, and I know how to get elected in working class districts, because, at the end of the day, the progressive agenda is what's best for working families," Ryan said at the time of his announcement.
As one of 18 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, Ryan is getting a late start compared to others, and his name has yet to appear in any major opinion polls. In order to qualify for one of 20 spots in the upcoming Democratic debates, candidates must receive at least 1% support in at least three reputable early state or national polls or collect contributions from at least 65,000 donors, with a minimum of 200 each in 20 states.
Ryan's seat in the House of Representatives, which he has held since 2003, represents portions of Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull Counties.