As a Youngstown native, I have come to expect this.
Every presidential election year, candidates flock to Youngstown, Ohio, to use my hometown as a political backdrop.
It's a great place to talk about job losses. Steel mills used to line the Mahoning River for miles, churning out tens of thousands of jobs. Those jobs drove the city's population from 33,000 in 1890 to 170,000 in 1930. My grandparents came from Poland and Hungary to join in that boom.
In the mid-20th century, Youngstown became known for its union jobs and high levels of home ownership.