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Charles Walton Sanders (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 5/12/1947 (Harveysburg, OH)
Race: Black
Religion: Baptist
Residence: Waynesville, OH
Education: BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH
Occupation: Former Public Official, Mayor of Waynesville, OH
Office Type: U.S. House -- Ohio District 2 

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Charles Sanders was born in 1947 in Harveysburg, Ohio, and lives in Waynesville, about 35 miles northeast of Cincinnati. He received a bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations from Wilmington College in 1978. Sanders also attended graduate school at the University of Cincinnati, and earned a certificate of completion in mayor's court education from the Ohio Municipal League in 1992.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967. In 1967, he began work at General Motors in Dayton. He retired after 30 years, most of it as a truck driver.

Sanders is a deacon at the Israel Baptist Missionary Church in Forest Park, a Cincinnati suburb. He is a member of the Warren County Democratic Central Committee and was former chairman of the Warren County Community Action Committee.

He and his wife, Augusta Carolyn, have no children.

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Charles Sanders was appointed to fill a vacant term on the Harveysburg Village Council in 1971, and to the Waynesville Village Council in 1982.

He was elected to two, four-year terms on the Waynesville council, starting in 1989, and ran for mayor in the middle of his second term. He was then elected to two, four-year terms as mayor, starting in 1995, but voters recalled him in 2000.

He ran unsuccessfully against Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, for a U.S. House seat in 1998, 2000 and 2002, getting less than 30 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican district all three times. Sanders earned 65 percent of the vote to win the March 2, 2004, primary for the 2nd District.

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