A self-professed progressive Democratic candidate for Ohio’s 6th Congressional District, Werner Lange of Newton Falls has lived and worked most of his entire life of 70 years in Ohio, including several years as pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Port Washington.
A father of five adult children and "Opa" to six grandkids, Lange has outlined his "10 Key Stances" for his campaign:
• Ban fracking, especially in and around the Wayne National Forest;
• Create jobs with massive investment in infrastructure development;
• Free public education through college and drastic reduction of student debt;
• Single-payer health care system and Medicare for all;
• Paid maternity, paternity and family leaves for all;
• Make the minimum wage a living wage and expand union wages;
• Reduce the bloated military budget and ban nuclear weapons;
• Reform the broken immigration and criminal justice systems;
• Tax reform through progressive taxation on income and wealth;
• No cuts in Social Security, Medicaid or children’s health insurance programs.
Lange is a graduate of the Ohio State University and Ashland Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Tuscarawas County in 2004, and was a peacemaking enable for Presbyterian churches in Mahoning and Columbiana counties (1989-1992) through Eastminster Presbytery.
Lange was employed as a professor at Muskingum College (2001-04) and regional campuses of Kent State University (1976-1994).
Other highlights include serving as a community organizer for NE Ohio American Friends Service Committee working on campaign finance reform and other social justice issues from 1992 to 1997 and Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
In 1968, Lange was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in a malaria eradication program in Thailand.
For more information about Lange, voters are encouraged to visit his website, www.lange4congress.com.