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Birth Place: Cleveland, OH, United States
Residence: Solon, OH
Dale Blanchard was born in Cleveland and lives in Solon. He earned a bachelor's in accounting from Cleveland State University.
Blanchard is a tax auditor who has run repeatedly for Congress since the mid-1990s.
He has campaigned over the years on his experience in finance and accounting.
He has worked as a casino auditor in Las Vegas and, in Cleveland, as a tax auditor for the state of Illinois.
Dale Blanchard, a political unknown and perennial candidate, is challenging veteran Rep. Steven LaTourette in the November 2012 general election to represent Ohio's 14th Congressional District, which hugs the Lake Erie shoreline between Cleveland and Erie, Pa. Blanchard has made repeated runs for Congress over the past three decades.
The district along the Interstate 90 corridor includes rural areas of Ashtabula County and the Lake County suburbs northeast of Cleveland. The district has a mix of manufacturing industries, nursery farms and tourist attractions including boutique wineries and the Lake Erie beaches.
LaTourette, a former prosecutor in Lake County at the heart of the district, won 65 percent of the vote in 2010. He has fashioned a bipartisan approach with Ohio Democrats on issues including Lake Erie water quality, demolishing dilapidated housing in Cleveland and funding for the NASA Glenn Research Center, an important job center in the region.
Blanchard says on his campaign website that his focus if elected will be on the U.S. economy, improving workers' wages, reducing the federal deficit and using the federal tax code to encourage investment and business expansion.
Source: Associated Press
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