Democrat Kathleen Clyde introduces herself to voters by taking them to the small Ohio town where she grew up

A month before Election Day, Democrat Kathleen Clyde is launching her first television ad in the Ohio Secretary of State race.

The 30-second spot, “Getting Along,” is a biographical piece that introduces voters to Clyde, a four-term state representative from Kent. She faces Republican state Sen. Frank LaRose and Libertarian Dustin Nanna of Delaware in the Nov. 6 election.

Clyde's commercial highlights her upbringing by taking viewers on a tour of Garrettsville, the small northeast Ohio town in Portage County where she grew up. It includes footage of her driving into town and later visiting friends and neighbors in a bowling alley.

A narrator tells viewers, "for Kathleen Clyde, the bowling alley in Garrettsville was not just a place for breakfast at 8 a.m. It’s where she learned about getting along with everyone. Republican or Democrat, those small-town values forged Kathleen Clyde into the effective lawmaker she is today."

Later, there is footage of Clyde in an office setting and talk about her support of Medicaid expansion, legislation to fight the opioid crisis and state tax holiday.

A lengthier version of the commercial was unveiled this past week online and will start airing on broadcast and cable stations Wednesday.

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