Litt focuses on keeping jobs in Ohio, working together
If elected to the 12th District of the U.S. Congress, Mansfield native Doug Litt plans on using his negotiation skills to bring members of both political parties together.
Litt, 55, takes on fellow Democrat Columbus attorney Jim Reese in the March 6 primary, a step toward 12-year incumbent Pat Tiberi’s seat.
Litt unsuccessfully ran in the 2007 primary race against a Democrat opponent for the mayor of Mansfield and was asked by constituents to consider running for Congress, he said.
“It was just something I really enjoyed, traveling around and meeting people when I ran,” Litt said. “I feel like I can make an impact and help other people.”
Litt has worked in the manufacturing industry for 38 years and currently works as an assembler for Gorman-Rupp in Mansfield, a company that designs, manufactures and sells pumps for use in water, wastewater, fuel and oil.
His experience in the working industry, including two layoffs and the subsequent 5– and 7-month unemployment periods, puts him in a position to identify with the middle class, Litt said.
“I understand the hardships that the middle class go through,” Litt said. “I’ve actually seen hundreds of people apply for just a few positions. I kind of get it right there. Some of these other people who run are career politicians and are in it for themselves. I could care less about the money. I would actually take a pay cut and provide my own insurance, instead of taking the government handout.”
He earned a scholarship to study leadership for four years with the United Steel Workers and worked in management for 13 years, he said. Litt earned a diploma from Ontario High School and went directly to work following graduation.
Litt, who plans on living in Mansfield if elected, has been appointed to the Mansfield city charter commission in 2008 and 2012 and has held various union positions. He has worked as a volunteer with the juvenile court’s CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children) program and the local hospice group.
“I just love getting out in the community and working,” Litt said. “My negotiation skills learned over the years are really going to benefit me. We need to get both parties working together right now.”
If ultimately elected, Litt’s focus will be the employment situation in the United States, trying to get jobs back into the state and the district, he said.
“I’d stop the flow of jobs exiting the state,” Litt said. “My previous employer of 15 years just closed its doors in December because it was offered money to move corporate to Bowling Green, Ky. The plant in Mansfield was fine and produced the most of any of the plants they have.”
Litt is married to Julie Ann, and they have four children and five grandchildren.