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MOUNT VERNON — Local activist group, Gibbs Watch, celebrated the anniversary of Signs on the Square with yet another demonstration with the theme of “Reform Congress” on the Mount Vernon Square Saturday.
In the year since their first demonstration, Gibbs Watch has paid close attention to the actions of U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs who represents Ohio’s 7th congressional district, including Knox, Ashland, Coshocton and Holmes counties, along with portions of Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland, Stark and Tuscarawas.
Signs on the Square demonstrators regularly question Gibb’s policies. In a flyer for the “Reform Congress” anniversary demonstration, Jeanne Griggs, a Gibbs Watch organizer encouraged demonstrators to bring signs asking Gibbs “what he has gotten done in the House during the past year” with specific issues such as health care, the environment, immigration, public education and “diversity issues in Knox County.”
Though the Gibbs Watch group has political leanings — portions of the group are actively campaigning for Gibb’s competition Ken Harbaugh — Griggs said bipartisanship has always been the goal and practice for Signs on the Square.
Callan Pugh/News As the Signs on the Square demonstration was underway Saturday, a car with a large Trump flag made a few trips around the square. Request this photo
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Callan Pugh/News From left, Shelley Grubb, Mount Vernon; Jill Grubb, Hays Stone, both of Gambier; Kelly Heuchemer, Mount Vernon; Claudia Esslinger, Gambier; Jill Von Haase, Mansfield; and Jami Peelle, Mount Vernon. Request this photo
Callan Pugh/News Jim Leitz (left) and Sandi Dunphy stand on the Public Square Saturday Jan. 20, 2018. Sandi exclaimed that she was "still here, gosh darn it." Request this photo
Callan Pugh/News Jill Von Haase (left) of Mansfield and Laurel Lewis of Columbus hold a sign asking for more women's rights advocates at the anniversary event of the first Signs on the Square demonstration. Request this photo
Callan Pugh/News From left, Hayden Schortman, Ed Schortman, Sabina Hawks, Tom Hawks, Robert Bennett, Pat Urban, all of Gambier and Walker Griggs of Mount Vernon. Request this photo
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