Tim Ryan, the Democratic candidate for Senate, shakes hands with an attendee at a meeting Friday with Hoover Co. union retirees.

Tim Ryan, Hoover Co. retirees, discuss lost insurance benefits

CANTON − In less than two weeks, final votes will be cast to determine whether Congressman Tim Ryan will be elected Ohio’s senator.

Ryan, D-Warren, set aside his campaign stump speech and talking points Friday afternoon to hear Hoover Co. retirees’ lament the impending loss of their life insurance benefit provided by Whirlpool. Ryan is running against Republican nominee JD Vance for the Senate seat now held by Republican Rob Portman, who is not seeking re-election.

The roughly 60 elderly retirees at the Plumbers and Pipefitters union training center on 13th Street SW invited to a roundtable discussion with Ryan, many who greeted him with applause, didn’t appear interested in finding out Ryan’s positions on the issues. They wanted to know what he could do to help them keep their benefit after they lost their health coverage in 2013.

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