'Hillbilly Elegy' Author J.D. Vance Running For Ohio Senate Seat
A crowd of about 300 people chanted “J.D.” on the Tube Works factory floor in Middletown, Ohio Tuesday night. J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy," had just announced his candidacy for the Ohio Senate seat.
The 36-year-old venture capitalist returned to his hometown to kickoff his campaign for the seat to be vacated next year by Rob Portman.
“My grandparents came here because this was the land of the American dream in Middletown," Vance said. "Ohio has always been good to me.”
Vance gained national attention for his 2016 memoir “Hillbilly Elegy.” The book discussed Appalachian life and was seen by critics as a window into the white working class.
At the rally, Vance emphasized the importance of keeping manufacturing jobs in the U.S., especially for small towns like Middletown.
“I want to fight for small businesses that are struggling to hire and struggling to build a great company because the government and our multinational corporations make it harder,” Vance said.
He will be joining a crowded field of candidates, with a financial backing of over $10 million from Silicon Valley tycoon Peter Thiel.