United States Senator Sherrod Brown will be the keynote speaker for the annual Hardin County Democratic Party Fall Campaign dinner and rally, Saturday, October 16, at the Kenton Moose Family Center, 801 West Lima Street, Kenton. Senator Brown will be speaking at 11:30 a.m. and the dinner will follow.

Since January of 2007, Senator Brown - a leading progressive in the Senate - has held more than 150 community roundtables across Ohio's 88 counties with local leaders and business owners, entrepreneurs and educators, and workers and families to find ways to rebuild the economy.

Recently described as "Congress' leading proponent of American manufacturing," Brown is working with the Obama Administration on the creation of a national manufacturing policy that would invest in manufacturing innovation, strengthen our component supply chain, connect workers with emerging industries and ensure our trade policies reflect our national interests.

He is also working with Ohio's universities, entrepreneurs and community leaders to help utilize Ohio's natural resources to create new jobs in new industries and make Ohio a national leader in clean energy manufacturing. Recently he visited Ohio Northern University to witness their wind turbines and discuss their future plans.

And as a long-time advocate for fair trade, Senator Brown is fighting to ensure that trade practices promote workers and industries while creating jobs and expanding markets for businesses.

An advocate for the nation's middle class families, Sherrod Brown helped pass historic health insurance reform that will reduce private insurance premiums and provide more insurance options so that Americans can access affordable coverage. This new law will also provide strong consumer protections that will prevent insurers from discriminating against consumers based on age or pre-existing conditions or placing limits on the amount of care consumer receive each year.

For the last two years, Senator Brown has also convened a one-of-a-kind Ohio College Presidents Conference in Washington to discuss ways to leverage federal resources to promote higher education and job training in Ohio.

Brown is just the seventh Ohio Senator in history to sit on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee where he will ensure Ohio receives its fair share of federal resources and investments. He also sits on the Senate Banking Committee and is Chair of its Subcommittee on Economic Policy, where he played an instrumental role in passing historic Wall Street reform legislation. From his position on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Brown is a staunch supporter of providing comprehensive benefits to our nation's veteran, even as an early and outspoken opponent of the Iraq War.

Brown is also the first Ohio Senator to sit on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee where he serves as Chair of its Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition and Family Farms.

Prior to serving in the United States Senate, Brown served seven terms as a United States Congressman for the 13th District, two terms as Ohio's Secretary of State and has taught in Ohio's public schools and at Ohio State University.

Other speakers include Theresa Allen, candidate for Hardin County Commissioner, Doug Litt, candidate for 4th Congressional District Representative and Jeff Detmer, candidate for Ohio 76th House District.

The dinner will be prepared by the Kenton Women of the Moose and will feature baked orange glazed chicken with all the trimmings. The sit-down dinner will be after Senator Brown speaks with carryout dinners available at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available from Central and Executive Committee members or by calling Carol Maag (419-674-7722), or Don Traxler (419-634-9518). Reservations must be made by Monday, October 11.