Zane Zeedyk of Hicksville, Ohio has been traveling around northwestern Ohio with his livestock trailer in support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (Times Bulletin/Lindsay McCoy)
BY LINDSAY MCCOY
Times Bulletin News Writer
VAN WERT - With the election nearing, there was a new sight on Washington St. near the intersection with Ervin Rd. Zane Zeedyk, a cattle breeder from Hicksville, Ohio, was standing post on the top of his livestock trailer along the heavily travelled road.Zeedyk's trailer was covered with large campaign signs in support of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. The signs were all painted by his neighbor who also paid for his gas to travel to Van Wert to promote the cause.
"We can't afford another year (of President Obama) let alone four more years of what we have now," said Zeedyk. "I don't care if you are a Democrat, Republican, low class, high class, or middle class, Obama's term as president is hurting all of us and we are going to have to pay for some of the decisions he is making."
Zeedyk also set up camp for the presidential election four years ago, and after feeling he failed to get his message across with the election of President Obama, he is motivated and devoted to getting his message across in the 2012 election.
Zeedyk's motto is awareness. He has observed if a sign is there every day people begin to ignore it. The same happens with campaign yard signs. As a result, Zeedyk has travelled to Defiance to post camp there for two days and has now made his way to the Van Wert area. He is hopeful he will be able to make his way back to Van Wert later during the week in hopes of reaching more people.
"We have got to do something different to reach new people," remarked Zeedyk. "I have received a lot of honking and waving. I like that and it keeps me going." Zeedyk did not seem fazed by temperatures in the low 50s and strong winds that repeatedly shook the roof of his trailer. He previously camped through the rain in his wetsuit and was undeterred by the cold conditions.
Hours later as students were released from school and adults left their workplaces, Zeedyk could still be seen atop his camper waving to those passing by in Van Wert.
"I get frustrated and feel the need to do something," said Zeedyk. "I feel that God has given me this opportunity as I still have the energy to get up here and do this. I am willing to travel to any community, to anyone who needs me."
Zeedyk is not the first person to show their support in Van Wert of a candidate for the upcoming election. In previous weeks, two young people from the Van Wert area set up camp outside the Van Wert Post Office. The two stood post at their booth which was surrounded by anti-Obama signs and handed out informational packets. People from the community could be seen stopping by to talk to the two as well as show their support. Not everyone in the community was supportive of these two's approach, however,as the police received many calls complaining about signs which portrayed President Obama with a Hitler mustache.