If you haven’t met Ken Harbaugh yet, you need to. He’s the leading prospective candidate for Ohio’s 7th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Harbaugh will visit Knox County on Friday, June 2, participating in public events. At 3:00 pm, Harbaugh will be doing science experiments for kids at the Gambier Depot in Gambier near the Kenyon Athletic Center. At 6:00 pm, he will visit First Friday in downtown Mount Vernon. Residents are encouraged to come out and meet him.
The 7th District congressional seat is currently held by Rep. Bob Gibbs, a Republican who resides in Holmes County. Gibbs has served in public office—at the state and national levels— for more than 15 years.
Harbaugh, a Democrat, is likely to be a serious contender for the 2018 election in Ohio’s 7th District. He is a former Navy pilot, an Ohioan, and the president of Team Rubicon Global, a worldwide disaster relief organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Over the past 15 years, Harbaugh has become a leading authority on veterans issues, and a commentator on civilian-military affairs. He has appeared on numerous national broadcasts, and his writing has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, and the Yale Journal of International Law. He advocates on behalf of military veterans, and is the author of the memoir Here Be Dragons. Harbaugh lives in Avon, Ohio, with his wife, Annmarie, and their three children.