Op-Ed: What Keeps People Coming Back to the Fair — Community

As you many of you know, I grew up a 4-H kid. All summer I would have a countdown leading up to the great Darke County Fair. I loved everything about it! Showing my sheep, camping, and spending long days in the showing barns.

I haven’t missed a fair in my entire life, because to me the fair is more than a week of fun; it is what our country is so badly missing – tight-knit community that cheers each other on in the good times and the bad. We can look around and see an epidemic of loneliness far reaching throughout the nation, and it is wreaking havoc on society, especially our children.

Many people have tried to solve this problem of loneliness – some have succeeded and others have not. I’ve learned over time that to receive love, you must be open to giving it. In other words, you must give of yourself in the community before you can be part of a community.

Sometimes it’s hard to know how to give. Maybe the talents, time, or resources aren’t available to you and maybe you just don’t know where to go. I understand that, but community is available because community starts with you.

The fair is almost here. Students in our community have worked long days getting animals and projects ready for the fair. For some of the students this is a huge step outside their comfort zone. Whether it’s showing an animal, running for Jr. Fair Board, or entering a cooking competition, they’ve chosen to put themselves out there in public to win or lose. It’s scary. I remember one year my sheep got loose in the arena and ran all over. I was embarrassed and crying by the end. But because of the encouragement of my parents and leaders around me, I tried again and didn’t give up.

For many students the fair is shaping much of their future, and determines how they react and act in challenging situations. Sometimes all one student needs is a bit of encouragement.

If you’re looking for community, the fair is the place to be. But don’t go looking to be a consumer of community. Go and give back! Volunteer at a local booth, encourage the students, sit in the stands and cheer them on, show up with a smile. Community is all around us and fair season is the time to open our eyes and invest time, love, and a smile.

Together let’s make our community great!

-Jena Powell. State Rep for Ohio 80th house district

    

Looking for a fair schedule or a way to be part? Email or call our office: (614)466-8114 rep80@ohiohouse.gov

“Local lawmakers want to brand pornography as a public health crisis in Ohio”

Full Article from the Dayton Daily News, checkout the article here.

“We are saying enough is enough. We’re tired of the exploitation of women and children in Ohio,” said Powell, a freshman lawmaker from Laura. She ties the use of pornography with the sex trafficking and sexual abuse.

Powell represents Ohio’s 80th House district which covers all of Miami and southern Darke counties.

Powell is joined by 18 legislators who are among the most socially conservative members, including local Republican lawmakers Nino Vitale, R-Urbana; Candice Keller, R-Middletown; Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield; George Lang, R-West Chester Twp.; Bill Dean, R-Xenia, and J. Todd Smith, R-Farmersville.

“The use of pornography in the younger age demographic is becoming more and more common. When you look people around you, you can see the hardships that addiction to pornography have on families,” she said. “This has been a big movement around the United States, to declare it a public health crisis, because that is what it is.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio declined to comment on the resolution since it would not have the force of law even if passes.

Citizens for Community Values, a Cincinnati-based non-profit that in 2004 put an anti-gay marriage measure on the statewide ballot, is backing the resolution.

“The #MeToo movement has awakened America to the epidemic of sexual assault, human trafficking, and the objectification of women,” said Aaron Baer, President of Citizens for Community Values in a written statement. “But any serious conversation about ending a toxic sexual culture must include an honest assessment of the harms of pornography. Pornography is more widely available than ever before, and until we get serious about enforcing our existing obscenity laws and ensuring children aren’t exposed to porn, we will never end the exploitation.”

CCV reports that 15 states have passed similar resolutions. CCV said it worked with the National Decency Coalition to help Powell draft the resolution. The National Decency Coalition also campaigns for displaying “In God We Trust” in public classrooms, making sure public schools and libraries have adequate online filtering tools, and keeping internet porn from being accessible to children.

Ohio lawmakers occasionally support laws that crack down on adult businesses, such as strip clubs and pornography.

In 2007, Ohio legislators passed a law that forces strip clubs, peep shows, and other adult businesses to close between midnight and 6 a.m. and institutes a no-touch rule between strippers and patrons.

 

Meet Our Summer Interns

 

This summer we have some amazing interns in our Columbus office. From research, to joining me at committee and session. They are getting experience at the Statehouse as we fight for our community. Follow along and meet the summer team!

 

Meet Austin:

“My name is Austin Lucous, and I am eager to work with Representative Jena Powell in serving Miami and Darke counties! I am currently beginning my junior year at Wright State University studying political science, and I am a proud 2017 graduate of Milton-Union High School in West Milton, Ohio. I began my journey in politics my senior year of high school when I campaigned for Rob Portman for US Senate. From there, I campaigned for Steve Huffman for State Senate, and finally, I campaigned for Representative Powell in her run for State Representative! When I’m not working on a campaign, I enjoy going out to eat with friends, playing tennis, and learning French. Living in the district my entire life, I am thrilled to work for my community and you!”

 

Meet Cameron:

“Hello my name is Cameron Haught, and I have interning in Representative Powell’s office since January. I am currently attending Clark State Community College in Springfield with plans on attending Wright State University next year to major in political science. While going to school and interning in Columbus, I work full time at Kroger in Springfield. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, and watching the Cincinnati Reds.”

 

Meet Mason:

“Hello, I am Mason Gordon and I began interning with Representative Powell in May of 2019. I am from Wayne Lakes, I went to Franklin Monroe High School and Edison State Community College, and I am an incoming political science major at the University of Dayton. I spend my free time with my family and playing soccer.”

 

 

 

 

Looking for a fall internship? Contact our office to submit an application.

As always if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our office at 614-466-8114 or email Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

 

 

 

Powell Appointed to the Elder Abuse Commission

COLUMBUS –
Representative Powell (R-Arcanum) has been appointed to the Elder Abuse Commission. Her first meeting on this board will be next Monday, June 24th. Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) appointed Rep. Powell to sit on the Commission on behalf of the Ohio House of Representatives, alongside her colleague Rep. Russo (D-Upper Arlington).
The Elder Abuse Commission is under the office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. The Commission facilitates discussion around problems, solutions, and funding related to the issue of elder harm and exploitation.
Rep. Powell says, “With the rise of older people in our community, it is vital that we think critically about how they are being cared for during this phase of their lives. I look forward to being a voice for the elderly on this Commission, and fighting for education about the potential for elder abuse.”
As always, if you have state government concerns you can give our office a call at 614-466-8114 or email Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

One of the youngest serving Republicans on her ‘fight for the American dream’

VIDEO: One of the youngest serving Republicans on her ‘fight for the American dream’

Jena Powell brings eight years of experience as a business owner and a lifetime on a farm to her new job in Ohio’s House of Representatives — and she’s only 25.

“When I first started running there were some comments regarding my age, but at the end of the day what I always tell people is, this is what I believe, this is where I stand and this is what I’ll do to fight for you,” Powell said on ABC News’ “The Briefing Room.”

Powell is one of the youngest Republicans to serve in the country and the youngest member of the Ohio general assembly, but she says it’s not her age or gender that made her run for office — it was her love for her country.

PHOTO: Jena Powell is pictured with some of her campaign team in an undated handout photo.Friends to Elect Jena Powell
Jena Powell is pictured with some of her campaign team in an undated handout photo.

“I’m here because our Founding Fathers knew and understood that if someone had an idea, that we’d fight for that American dream,” Powell said.

Powell called on her Republican colleagues to appeal to young voters. “We need to do a better job representing what we believe in and why conservatism works,” she said.

Powell, who represents Ohio’s 80th state congressional district, proposed a piece of legislation this week to allow private sector businesses to add apprenticeship programs for people to obtain certain licenses.

“It gives the workforce more power to choose,” Powell said.

PHOTO: Jena Powell is sworn into Ohios House of Representatives at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Jan. 10, 2019.Friends to Elect Jena Powell
Jena Powell is sworn into Ohio’s House of Representatives at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Jan. 10, 2019.

Ohio House Bill 258 is inspired by Ivanka Trump and the Trump administration’s push to help people find different ways to get training for jobs without necessarily spending the time or money on a four-year college degree.

This workforce training program hit especially close to home for Powell, who started and still runs an outdoor billboard company with her brother out of Arcanum, Ohio. They own about 600 billboards throughout the state, she said.

Powell is one of seven children and grew up in rural Ohio in a town of about 2,000 people. She said she hopes other people of any age, gender or political ideology follow her lead and run for office.

“Know what you believe, know what you stand for, and come here ready to fight for that, Powell said.”

Watch the full “Millennials Who Won” segment by clicking on the video above.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/youngest-serving-republicans-fight-american-dream/story?id=63565981

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Jena Powell – House District 80 Official Bio

State Representative Jena Powell is serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being elected in 2018. She represents the 80th District, which encompasses Miami County, as well as a portion of Darke County.

Representative Powell is from southern Darke County where her family has been farming for generations. After receiving her degree from Liberty University in Business, she alongside her brother began to build an outdoor marketing company, Huntington Outdoor. At 25, she is the youngest legislator currently serving in the General Assembly. In 2019, Representative Powell was named to Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy.

Representative Powell is dedicated to ensuring that more of Ohio’s young people choose to build their lives and pursue opportunities in communities like the 80th District. She knows first-hand how capricious government regulations and misguided tax policies can burden business and get in the way of promoting the good jobs and healthy economy that are necessary to accomplish this goal.

Representative Powell is an active member of her local church, Greenville Grace Brethren Church, and resides in Arcanum.

Powell holding Town Hall on May 6

TROY – State Representative Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) will be holding a Coffee & Cake Evening at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center from 7-8pm on Monday, May 6.

Representative Powell invites constituents to enjoy coffee, cake, and conversation as she shares what has been happening in Columbus and takes questions from folks in the district.

Miami and Southern Darke County citizens are encouraged to come with any questions or concerns they might have about state politics. All ages are welcome to come and meet Representative Powell.

“I am excited about bringing the community together and hearing your voices – I represent you, so I want to hear from you,” says Powell.

If you have any questions in advance, please reach out to our office at Rep80@ohiohouse.gov or call (614) 466-8114.

State Rep. Jena Powell announces her Album 80 project

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) announced that she is creating a new project called Album 80.

The goal of Album 80 is to detail the stories of people, families, businesses, churches and non-profits throughout the community in the form of a book.

“When organizations come into my office to meet and ask things of me, my plan is to show them this book and ask ‘How does your proposal help people in my community within the framework of government and give businesses, churches and non-profits more power?’” Powell said.

Powell is asking community members to share their stories. Individuals may send their story by email at Rep80@ohiohouse.gov or mail to 77 S. High St. Columbus, OH 43215.

 

https://www.dailyadvocate.com/news/68654/state-rep-jena-powell-announces-her-album-80-project

Jena Powell sworn in as state representative of the 80th House District

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) was sworn in to her first term as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives during Monday’s session.

She represents the 80th District, which includes Miami County, as well as part of Darke County.

“Swearing in day was such an incredible day,” Powell said. “With friends, family and community members joining me in Columbus, it was an amazing day kicking off the 133rd General Assembly. I am looking forward to representing the hard working people of Miami and Darke County for the coming two years. This is truly an honor.”

After graduating from high school, Powell went on to attend Liberty University and studied business marketing. She is an entrepreneur, working with her brother on their billboard company, Huntington Outdoor, which they started in their home county and expanded throughout Ohio and Indiana.

Rep. Powell also is an avid supporter of creating new leaders through the non-profit organization, Forge Leadership Network. Powell is an active member of her local church, Greenville Grace Brethren Church.

For more information, contact Rep. Powell’s office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

 

 

New Ohio State House Member Jena Powell Makes Forbes ’30 Under 30′ List

Jena Powell grew up on a family farm in rural Darke County, Ohio, bouncing around in the back of her father’s pickup truck with her six brothers and sisters as her mom hauled grain in from the fields.

In the late summer, she would show sheep at the Great Darke County Fair and then run off to drink fresh-shaken lemonade or play ski-ball.

While still a teenager she started her own business with her brother, selling billboard ad space along highways of her county. It now includes more than 450 billboards throughout Ohio and Indiana.

“When I was 18 years old, I made my first sales call, right here, in the district. I was so nervous to knock at my first prospect’s door, my palms were sweating and my knees were shaking,” she describes it on her website.

The 24-year-old businesswoman will take all those memories and experiences with her as she leaves for Columbus in a few weeks to represent Ohio’s 80th House District as the youngest member of the Ohio State House.

And she’s already turning heads. This week she was named one of Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” up and coming difference makers.

Jena Powell on the #ForbesUnder30 2019 30 Under 30 – Law & Policy list

forbes.com 

On her Facebook page Tuesday, Powell responded to the recognition from Forbes.

“When I was young I would eagerly look through business magazines, checking out the under 30 lists. What an honor to be chosen for Forbes 30 under 30 list. This is not a solo accomplishment and I would never have even been considered without the hard work of my community,” she wrote.

For Powell, that community started by growing up in a Christian home that recognized the value of hard work. Her goal is to remove what she describes as the “strangling” burden of government overreach.

Powell defeated two other Republicans in the primary and then beat Democrat J.D. Byrnes in last week’s general election to represent District 80, which includes all of Miami County and part of Darke County.

She accomplished this by running as an outsider against her state’s political establishment.

In media interviews and on her campaign website, Powell repeatedly referred to the establishment in Columbus as the main hurdle that stands between many Ohioans and the realization of their dreams, whether it be in starting a small business or excelling in a trade, profession or family life.

She is unapologetically pro-life and pro-Second Amendment, is against Common Core, and believes the taxes are too high in Ohio. All these problems will only get worse if not confronted.

“I believe in the sanctity of human life,” she says. “Because without life, and the ability to protect it, there can be no opportunity.”

Watch her YouTube video below:

“I believe the future holds a lot of promise for the people and businesses of Ohio’s House District 80. In order to make that dream a reality, we have some work to do,” she says on her website. “The establishment in Columbus isn’t listening to what we need, and your voices aren’t being heard. That’s why I’m runningso that everyone in this district can go hard after their dreams and experience life to the fullest, right here at home.

She not only ran. She won.  And she did it by not shying away from conservative principles.

Powell told Forbes she grew frustrated with local zoning policies that repeatedly blocked her from doing business in certain counties, which ultimately inspired her to run for office.

She is currently renovating a home that has fallen into disrepair in her home district. She calls it “a diamond in the rough,” much like the district as a whole.

“I’ve seen dozens of my friends grow up and leave the district because they believed there was more opportunity elsewhere,” she writes on her website. “I have a seven-year-old sister who started selling fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the family farm this past year. I loved watching her eyes light up as she sold her first dozen ears of corn, realizing the return of all the time she had invested in caring for and growing the produce throughout the summer. It is my hope that, like me, she chooses to remain in the district when she grows up. Like you, I have a desire to see more young people choosing to build their lives and pursue opportunities right here at home.”

Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.

http://theohiostar.com/2018/11/15/new-ohio-state-house-member-jena-powell-makes-forbes-30-under-30-list/