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Ohio Senate, State Senator - 8th District

Salary: $60,584*Term: 4 yrs Responsibilities: To represent the people of the district and the state of Ohio in dealing with matters not allocated to the federal government.*Base salary. Write-in candidates do not automatically appear on ballot, and have to be added to ballot at the polls.

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    Louis W. Blessing III

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    Daniel Brown

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Twitter @lwblessing3
Occupation I am the incumbent state Senator for the 8th District, as well as a licensed professional engineer.
Education BSEE, BA Mathematics, University of Cincinnati
Experience I have nearly 8 years of experience in the Ohio Statehouse; first as a state Representative (29th District, 2013-2019), and then as a state Senator (8th District, 2019-present). I have 15 years experience as an electrical engineer, and 10 as a P.E.
Political Philosophy I consider myself a pragmatic legislator who is most comfortable finding solutions that all sides can agree on. I'm a believer that markets work well, and are more capable of improving social mobility than government micromanagement. I've been a strong supporter of a low and broad tax base, reining in spending, and ensuring our regulations are efficient and serve their intended purpose. I also believe in the dignity of work, and helping those who've fallen on hard times get back on their feet.
Endorsements FOP Queen City Lodge #69, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Federation of Teachers, Buckeye Firearms, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Right to Life, Ohio State Medical Association, Greater Cincinnati Right to Life, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT) Ohio, Ohio Association of Public School Employees, NFIB, Ohio Society of CPAs, Various mayors, councilmen, trustees, members of the General Assembly, and Congressmen.
Affliations Too many to list
Having chaired the House Committee through which many election issues passed - Government Accountability & Oversight - it is a generally accepted practice that wholesale changes to election law first come into effect during an off year election. Ohio currently has a robust, no fault absentee voting system with early voting beginning on 10/6. Voters can vote by mail, early in person at the BOE, or on election day on 11/3. Social distancing and sanitation supplies will reduce the risk of Covid-19.
A big issue that we're currently working on is SB 198, which addresses surprise billing. I'm committed to fixing this issue in a future General Assembly, if it's not fixed through SB 198. The rising cost of prescription drugs is another substantial problem in ensuring that Ohioans have access to quality, affordable health care. We've been working in concert with the administration on clearer price transparency and better accountability from the pharmaceutical industry.
I was a co-sponsor of S.J.R. 5 in the 132nd General Assembly, and voted favorably for it in committee (Rules & Reference) and on the House floor. This led to Ohio Issue 1 passing at the ballot in 2018 by a 3-1 margin. This Constitutional amendment had three goals: promoting bipartisanship, keeping communities together, and creating compact districts. Given that 2021 will be a redistricting year, it's best that we allow the process that was set in place to work before considering any changes.
My political philosophy with respect to criminal justice reform is that our jails are crowded and expensive; many of those incarcerated are drug addicted, have mental health issues, or both; and that a felony on your record in many cases guarantees you'll be on Medicaid and welfare for life, both of which are expensive programs. To that end, I am a co-sponsor of SB 3 - a large, criminal sentencing reform bill - and I voted affirmatively for it on the Senate floor.
Twitter @brownohsenate
Occupation Insurance Fraud Investigator
Education I graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management. I am also currently attending Xavier and working towards my MBA.
Experience I am a United States Marine Corps veteran. I served honorably from 2005 – 2010. In the military we put aside our personal goals to work as a team to accomplish the overall mission. This attitude is sorely missed in the politics of today.
Political Philosophy I believe that government should be efficient, effective, and lean. I believe that our government works best when we have politicians who work in good faith to get things done with each other and put the needs of all Ohioans first instead of their own. We need to start over and fix our political maps to create a more responsible state legislature.
Endorsements Cincinnati AFL-CIO Senator Sherrod Brown Gun Sense Candidate Distinction Hamilton County Democratic Party Equality Cincinnati PAC Ohio Students for Gun Legislation
Affliations Democrat
Our election system needs common sense updates. We should be creating ways to make voting more accessible to everyone, instead of restricting access to voting and purging voters from our database. The first common sense solution would be to create an online system to register to vote by mail. If you can update your registration online, we can certainly request an absentee ballot. Second, we need to greatly expand the locations to drop off our ballots in each county. Currently we have only one
The Affordable Care Act created the opportunity for states to expand Medicaid coverage to each state. We have to protect this expansion because it allows thousands of Ohioans to receive access to quality and affordable healthcare. The next election is going to decide which direction the country moves to. Ohio has to stand up for these expansions, and embrace new expansion in the future when they are created. Families should not have to file bankruptcy to have access to their healthcare.
This is the most important issue facing Ohio today. We have seen unprecedented corruption in Ohio. The Republican Speaker of the House faces criminal charges for being apart of a multi-million racketeering conspiracy. This is not the first corruption charge that Republicans have faced in Columbus either. The first thing we need to do is to draw new and fair maps that represent the people of Ohio. We need new representatives in Columbus to ensure this occurs.
Common Sense. We live in a world that can have multiple truths. Not all police officers are bad people and their job is difficult, and at the same time we have seen people (especially people of color) die by the hands of police officers. We must correct this issue. If we can build trust and confidence in our police and build better ties to our communities, we will keep both police and the people safe. We have to create solutions by working together, and having conversations with each other.