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Ohio State House District 73

The 73rd Ohio House District covers the geographic area across the western and northern areas of Greene County including the cities of Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Fairborn and Yellow Springs. The townships of Bath, Beavercreek, Miami and Sugarcreek are also in this district.Responsibilities of a state legislator: To represent the people of the district and the State of Ohio in making laws which deal with matters not assigned to the federal government. Term of office for Ohio Representatives: 2 years.

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  • Brian Lampton
    (Rep)

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    Kim McCarthy
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What will you do to combat gerrymandering and ensure that voter-approved redistricting reforms are implemented?

Under what circumstances is it appropriate for the state to restrain or limit local government decisions?

What ideas do you have to break the gridlock on school funding and achieve a constitutionally compliant school funding system in Ohio?

What would you do to ensure free and fair access to voting in Ohio?

Describe how you will work across political differences to solve problems.

What legislation concerning gun safety would you support?

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Campaign Phone (937) 736-0393
Education/Experience I am an Accountant with twenty years of small business ownership experience. I am a mother, an immigrant, and a community organizer who has been politically involved for nearly a decade. I am running to offer people honest and real representation.
Twitter @kimmccarthyOH
We need a more representative legislature that is dedicated to following the demands of the voters that fairer lines be drawn. We must break up the one-party control over our legislative process before 2022 so that the party in power cannot unduly and unfairly interfere with the coming redistricting process from being done in a more equitable manner. The people of this state have voted to end gerrymandering, and when I am elected, I will do everything in my power to ensure that happens.
I believe the circumstances justifying such restrictions & limitations of local governing decisions by the state should be narrowly limited. There could possibly be a time & manner it might be warranted, but it should be rare & would depend on the context of the issue at hand. Overall, I believe in home rule & that the state should allow local citizens and their representatives to choose for themselves what they want their communities to look like. It's ironic how the great majority of decisions by the GOP dominated state legislature & Ohio Supreme Court continue to overwhelming rule against local communities in legislation & court cases regarding home rule authority, belying the GOP’s supposed belief in “small government” & “local control.” The state overstepping local rule with its overturning of municipal ordinances against the use of plastic bands is one such instance. They almost invariably rule against the rights of local governance in defense of the interests of big business.
Our schools are on the brink of financial collapse. The burden that has been placed on local property taxes has reached a breaking point, with many long-time residents being forced out of the communities that they love. The state has a constitutional obligation to fund a thorough and efficient school system across the state, and they are failing in that duty. Funding for schools has been effectively reduced for years now. That must change. Extra revenue can be raised by reversing tax cuts for corporations and those who can most afford to pay. These cuts represent $6 billion/year, and include the highest personal tax bracket, corporate income tax, inheritance tax, removing the LLC exemption and ceasing to put monies into the rainy day fund. Our budget reflects our values, and we must value education for the investment that it is by funding it fully instead of relying on local communities to do so.
Democratically accountable governance is dependent upon having free and fair elections. To make sure that is a reality in Ohio, I support a number of provisions, including automatic voter registration when a citizen turns 18 years of age, as well as our current system of early and absentee voting that allows people to vote at their convenience. I support making election day a public holiday, so that all people can get to the polls easier. I am also an advocate for making sure our election results are tabulated fairly and transparently, and that means doing away with un-auditable electronic voting systems that use privately owned, proprietary software, and do not involve hand-marked paper ballots. Research shows these systems are highly vulnerable to untraceable manipulation, and their use should be avoided. The gold standard for ensuring free and fair elections are hand marked and openly counted paper ballots, a system many nations effectively use today.
I will enthusiastically work with anyone who has the best interests of our community at the forefront of their efforts. I will not work with someone who is trying to pass legislation whose purpose is to serve their corporate donors in order to increases profits for a specific industry at the expense of the well-being of our community and/or our environment. I myself have a strong economic-based platform that is applicable to every person, regardless of their party affiliation. This focus on addressing the real problems our citizens are facing, and offering up real solutions that benefit the average Ohioian is a non-partisan focus, and I will work with any other representative who is prepared to also put people first. That is our duty, as elected officials, to serve the people, and not prioritize the profits of a few at their expense. As for the process involved in making this happen, I will gladly compromise on details, but not on my principles.
The problem of gun violence in our society is at epidemic proportions, and is a multi-faceted problem that will not be solved by gun control legislation alone. We need more research into this epidemic, so that we can actually address the problem with knowledge, not just speculation. The epidemic of gun violence is a public safety issue, not a political one. Responsible gun owners know that supporting the Second Amendment goes hand in hand with common sense solutions towards reducing gun violence. Our children need us to stand up for them, and as a mother, I should not be afraid that my child will not make it home from school alive. I support universal background checks, red flag laws, and banning weapons of war from being readily available on our streets. Unfortunately, dealing with this crisis is impeded by the influence of big business lobby groups like the NRA, who work to prevent any changes from being implemented. Doing nothing at this stage is not an option.