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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is a Mansfield native. (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown hosted a conference call Thursday with elected officials and community leaders from Richland County to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the county.

Brown said he will address the Richland County priorities in Washington as he continues his efforts to put the needs of Ohioans first.

“I’ve had countless calls with leaders across the state, from school superintendents to restaurant owners to mayors and county commissioners. I am amazed by how creative so many have been in finding new ways to fulfill their mission, but I know that more federal help is needed,” said Brown, a Mansfield native.

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“I’m working to get resources to Ohio quickly – but I can’t do that if I’m not listening to local officials and leaders who know, first hand, what is needed," the Democrat said.

During the call, Brown's office said the senator spoke with a variety of Richland County leaders on a number of topics, including challenges faced by businesses as they work to reopen safely, concerns with child care availability and revenue challenges local governments are facing.

Brown's office did not identify the local elected officials and leaders who participated in the conference call.