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Senators and candidates react to LexisNexis job cuts

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, pledged this week to help make sure LexisNexis remains in the Dayton area.

"Dayton-area employees have the skills and knowledge needed to continue to fill high level technology roles," Brown said in an emailed statement. "I will work alongside local elected officials to help maintain LexisNexis' presence in Montgomery County and to support affected employees."

Brown's comments came in the wake of the announcement this week that LexisNexis would move some high technology jobs to its new software and technology center of excellence in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company has not revealed how many jobs are leaving but a source said it would happen over five years.

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State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, said company officials have told him the Miami Township campus would become the company's center of excellence for sales and customer service. He is concerned about the loss of high-paying high-tech jobs.

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U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Ohio "has become a hub for innovation and high-tech jobs and there's nowhere better than our state to grow a business."

"My office stands ready to work with the Dayton families affected by this news and I will continue to work to bring more, better-paying jobs to Ohio,"  Portman said in an emailed statement.

Portman is running for re-election this year. Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld are seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat.

“This is incredibly disappointing news for the region," Strickland said in an emailed statement. "In the U.S. Senate I look forward to doing all I can to help create an environment of economic opportunity that will help us attract and grow the kinds of good paying jobs that Ohio’s working people desperately need.”

Sittenfeld said the loss of any jobs in the Dayton region is "disappointing and concerning."

He said the government can't manage private companies but he said as a senator he would work to help people whose jobs are eliminated or outsourced.

"When bad news happens, I will fight for policies that give displaced workers the assistance they need to make ends meet in the short-term, while also acquiring the education, skills and training they need to acquire new and better jobs in the long-term - without crushing them under a mountain of debt," Sittenfeld said in an emailed statement.

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