WILMINGTON — Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) made two stops in Clinton County Saturday afternoon — first to Clean Acres Farm where he spoke to those battling addiction, then to the Wilmington Air Park to discuss the future and possible jobs.
When asked about the Amazon hub not coming to Ohio, Portman said the state did everything it could to bring Amazon here. But now everyone must look forward.
“We’re going to talk about the successes (the air park) has had and bringing some diversity, some different businesses, and what we can do to be helpful in moving forward,” said Portman.
Port Authority Executive Director Dan Evers said that, during their meeting, they spoke about keeping an eye on future prospects. This included continuing to recruit air cargo users and investigating what federal resources may be used.
Earlier in the day at Clean Acres Farm, he listened to residents’ stories addictions, what did and didn’t work in their recoveries, and what Clean Acres has done for them.
“I’m a big fan of recovering houses like this,” said Portman. “To me, it’s much better than sending them to get detoxed and treatment. So, I want to hold these guys up and congratulate them on what they’re doing.”
Scott Boone, President and CEO of New Housing Homes Inc., was happy that Portman came and spoke with residents of Clean Acres.
“Portman has been an advocate for those suffering with addiction,” Boone said. “So, it was no surprise to see him here.”
Boone said he was impressed by the way Portman listened to each story, saying that, “It goes to show he does care about this issue. It says a lot.”
Many of the residents at the house were impressed with the senator’s visit.
Daniel Honchell also gave him a tour of the facilities. “He was very easy to talk to,” said Honchell. “I’m happy to see that he’s a regular guy with a title advocating for recovery.”
Another resident, Chris Bricker, thought it all went very well and said it was nice to have Portman listen to their stories.