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Author and attorney JD Vance argues for winning vote in Ohio Senate race

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Ohio (WTRF) —

Ohio’s election is slated for Nov. 8, and one of the most important positions to fill is the soon-to-be vacant Senate seat of Rob Portman.

One man vying for the spot is bestselling author JD Vance.

Vance stopped by 7NEWS earlier this week to talk about the race.

Nearly two dozen candidates will be vying for one of Ohio’s two U.S. Senate seats in November, but Republicans will have a wide range of options to choose from in the May 3 primary.

Vance is one of 14 Republicans on the ballot in May, with the winner taking on Democratic and independent challengers.

Vance hopes to come out on top with a message aimed at working-class voters.

“I was raised by my grandparents because my mother struggled with an opioid addiction, so I think I see the issues of that condition in a very personal way. It’s not just, I I read about them in a book somewhere, I actually experienced these things very personally,” Vance explained.

Vance’s early life, growing up on a low income in Middletown, Ohio, was chronicled in his best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy.

The book has also been adapted into a film, directed by Ron Howard and starring Glenn Close and Amy Adams.

But after joining the Marines and serving in the Iraq War, he went to Ohio State, before being accepted to Yale Law School.

Growing up in working-class Ohio and then moving through the more prestigious segments of society, he says he noticed a few issues.

“And one of the things that I’ve realized is that so many people who control this country don’t feel any real sense of obligation or duty to the citizens of this country, and that’s something that we have to change. You can’t have a real country if the leaders don’t feel they owe the people,” Vance said.

He says an “unholy alliance” has formed between our government and the biggest corporations in the country. With so many names on the ballot, we asked Vance about a common problem among politicians.

They will say certain things during the election campaign to delight voters, but when they win, they break those promises, leaving voters feeling betrayed.

Vance said, “I think so many Republicans who go to Washington really need the affection of the press. And at the end of the day, if the press doesn’t care about places like Steubenville or Youngstown, then you’re not going to serve the people of Steubenville and Youngstown, you’re going to serve the corporate media masters.”