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Ohio House District 34

Ohio House Representative Base Salary: $60,584Term commences: 01/01/21 Term of Office: 2 yearsResponsibilities: To represent the people of the district and the State of Ohio in dealing with matters not allocated to the federal government.

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    Emilia Sykes

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    Henry Morgan Todd

Biographical Information

1. In what ways would you change our election system to be prepared for crises that impair the right to vote?

2. Under what circumstances is it appropriate for the state to restrain or check local government?

3. How would you improve the Ohio public school funding system?

4.Where do you stand on efforts to protect our water, air and land?

5. What legislation, if any, would you suggest to address gun safety?

6. What solutions do you propose to address challenges in the healthcare system, women's reproductive rights and maternal and child health?

7. Do you support the repeal and/or replacement of House Bill 6? Would you support legislation requiring disclosure of all donors to groups seeking to influence elections and the end of so-called 'dark money' donations?

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Education BA, Psychology, Kent State University - MPH, University of Florida - JD, University of Florida
Training/Experience Sykes previously served as Administrative Staff Advisor at the Summit County Fiscal Office, where she worked to establish a county land bank to repurpose vacant and abandoned properties. At Community Legal Services in Akron, Sykes offered access to quality health and legal services to people in need. She also served as Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia.
Current Occupation Legislator
Recently I, along with the other House Democrats, shared with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose a 16 point check list that we believe must be implemented to insure equal access to voting. That list includes voter outreach, rescinding voter purges, accessible absentee ballot requests, return postage paid on ballots and safety guidelines to protect voters health at the polls.
I do not support the erosion of local control that we have seen over the past decade out of the Ohio Legislature. From levying taxes to banning plastic bags, Ohio’s municipalities and counties have been restricted from enacting policies that work best for their communities. The only circumstances under which the state should restrain local control would be if the policy would have a detrimental impact on substantial communities outside the locality.
The public funding of K-12 education in Ohio was ruled unconstitutional in 1997 and since that time the state has done little to address the problem. I support providing adequate and equitable funding for all Ohio school children.
I am a strong supporter of ensuring all Ohioans have access to clean drinking water, fresh air, and public green spaces. I support renewable energy programs and incentives to encourage participation.
The Ohio House Democratic Caucus has introduced a package of nine gun safety measures that we believe will keep our families, friends, and neighbors safer and without fear of the next tragedy. The bills include legislation that would implement universal background checks for gun purchases, require federally licensed firearms dealers to provide information about suicide prevention and enact red flag protections to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves or others.
Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of Ohioans. Currently, Ohio ranks 38th in overall health in the nation. The coronavirus has shown that it’s critical that our state work harder to slow the spread of the virus and keep people healthy. Ohio must properly invest in public health. We must continue to fund early interventions, wellness, and healthcare access and we must protect Medicaid expansion.

I will continue to support Planned Parenthood and other organizations that support women and families and work for policies that respect women’s autonomy and rights to comprehensive healthcare.

In 2019, I joined colleagues to form the nation’s first Black Maternal Health Caucus, dedicated to improving Black maternal health outcomes across the state. Ohio has one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the country, and it’s even higher for Black women and babies. The work done by this caucus will create healthier, safer communities for every Ohioan, regardless of their background.
The passage of HB 6 was the result of the largest bribery scheme ever seen in Ohio and must be repealed immediately. On Aug. 11, I filed a protest of the passage of House Bill 6 due to the serious allegations of bribery and pay-to-pay politics that were involved in the deliberations and passage of the bill. On Aug. 28, I worked with my Democratic colleagues to file a discharge petition to bring bipartisan legislation to repeal HB 6 to the floor for a vote. I will continue to lead the call in the Ohio House to overturn this corrupted legislation.

I am a co-sponsor of the Ohio Anti-Corruption Act which would close dark money loopholes that allow non-profit corporations like 501(c)(4)s and limited liability companies (LLCs) which have become vehicles for big money special interests to hide their spending. It would require greater transparency by requiring corporations and LLCs to tell us more about their true owners and the actual source of funds behind the deceptively benign names of their organizations. The integrity of our democracy depends on openness and accountability.
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Education Akron University- Associates in Fire Protection Technology Akron University-B.S in Technical Education Webster University- M.A in Public Administration Emergency Management Northcentral University- DBA Business Administration Sports Management and Leadership
Training/Experience As an Operation Desert Storm Veteran I joined the U.S Navy in July of 1988 as an Engineer, with a break in service I enlisted back in the Navy as a Culinary Specialist and served until May of 2010 where I joined the Navy Seabees as Mariner completing 23 years of military training and relevant experience.
Current Occupation Substitute Teacher for Akron Public Schools
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First I would take a page from Nany Pelosi and vet the candidates running for office on their belief system, will propose door to door face covered respecting COVID-19 and hand out ballots insuring that I put a face and credentials to every ballot. When all has failed turn to the old fashion way. Second, I would propose to have accountable home owners report to the Board of Elections to verify their credentials and hand them a ballot on the spot and tell them to VOTE NOW for the upcoming election.
Under circumstances where the right to life and liberty is under attack and being infringed upon.
I would like to improve the Ohio public school funding system by proposing a public school funding system that teacher performance is based on school funding not state test scores. It does not make logical sense to allocate funding to public schools based on testing and the number of students in the school. My proposal would set up bench marks that are measuring tools certified teachers must meet to maintain a competitive salary. If the state agrees to this teacher evaluation system teacher pay will be performance based in which teachers will be evaluated from entry level all the way up the chain of command to Superintendent. For instance, a superintendent who never been a teacher in the classroom is like never going to war and talking about what they think war is like. As a result of this public school funding system in place what we get is kids underperforming on tests but passed along for funding purposes only. These undisciplined and unruly kids are coming to school for entertainment gatherings with their cell phones in hand.
I stand on educating people on efforts to protect our water, air land by planting more trees in neighborhoods instead of cutting them down. I know that planting more trees help the environment by cleansing the air to help fight against pollution. Trees help water to drain away and helps fight against blue-green algae in Lakes. I believe planting thousands of trees around Lake Erie and Ohio rivers will treat water pollution more effectively and cheaply than any main made service. More importantly, this will create jobs in Ohio without raising taxes on middle class citizens. This is Gods planet and Gods knows that treating water pollution effectively can be accomplished by planting more trees around lakes and rivers and under water as well.
I would propose that every law abiding citizen obtain a permit to carry and pass a written exam with the reasoning that a good guy or gal with a gun can beat a bad guy or gal with a gun. I believe in the 2nd amendment and the right to bear arms and under no circumstances the removal of guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens.
Prolife is a moral principle based on the belief that a human being has the right to live and, in particular, should not be killed by the mother or another entity including government. Planned parenthood is one of those government funded entities that states should ban form inner cities because its genocide. Pro Choice advocates need to understand that we are free to choose but we are not free from the consequences of our choice. In other words, God hates the hands that shed innocent blood therefore, if one choose to shed innocent blood which is "abortion" the wages of that sin is death. I would go as far as renaming planned parenthood to “planned black genocide” and my reasoning behind the name change is simply that all the planned parenthood facilities are strategically located in predominately black and Hispanic neighborhoods and not suburban white neighborhoods. As a politician I want my policy choices specifically on the right side of Gods judgement not a party. I do not support abortion under any circumstance. As an authentic man of God I reject passivity and accept accountability to lead courageously and invest eternally. In other words, prolife is a moral principle based on the belief that a human being such as a "baby" has the right to live and, in particular, should not be
Yes, I will support legislation requiring disclosure of all donors to groups seeking to influence elections and the end of dark money donations. To be perfectly clear I would support replacing House Bill 6 to keep dark money influence out of elections.