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Ohio Senate District 14

Term: 4 YearsSalary: Base Rate $60,584Responsibilities: 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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  • Terry Johnson
    (Rep)

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    Ryan Ottney
    (Dem)

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With decreased funding to townships and cities, increased requirements to provide health insurance coverage for fire fighters working over 1500 hours per year, what specific change would you recommend to fund our fire safety needs and support our firefighters and EMT?

Do you support requiring those receiving Medicaid to incur additional payment?

Do you support Drug testing on people using public assistance?

What standards would you set for communication from government to residents?

What would be your policy on run-off water management and policies to protect waterways and drinking water?

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Campaign Email ottneyforohio@gmail.com
Age 42
Family Wife, Katie; Son, Chase; Dog, Hattie
Education New Boston High School, New Boston, Ohio Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio
Employer South Central Ohio Educational Service Center
Experience New Boston Village Council Chairman, Scioto County Democratic Party
Affiliations Ohio High School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA) Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Formerly - Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
Endorsements Clermont County Democratic Party Scioto County Democratic Party Ohio Democratic Party Ohio Students for Gun Legislation
Office Ohio Senate, District 14
Work Experience Writer/Editor, Portsmouth Daily Times Director of Communications, South Central Ohio ESC Contributing Reporter, Associated Press
As a member of village council, I have watched the state dip deeper into the pockets of small communities. The state has decreases Local Government Funds, which make it harder for small, rural communities -- just like the ones along the 14th District -- to afford public services such as police, fire, EMT, and other valuable public services. Small communities have to either go without or face a local tax increase to afford these basic needs. If elected, I will fight to restore Local Government Funds and make sure these communities are receiving more grants so that rural communities have the funds they need to provide services to its residents.
No, I support Medicare for All. What good is insurance if people still can't afford to use it because of additional payments? Under Medicare for All, there would be no co-pays, no deductibles, no out-of-pocket, no pre-existing conditions. If you lose or change your job, you take your insurance with you. Everyone is covered. It works in more than 30 developed nations and it will work in Ohio!
No. Why is that we only ever put restrictions on poor people who need the most help? Why don't we ever ask corporations for a drug test before we give them a tax break or a bailout? Why are we only concerned about fraus when it's a program that helps the needy?
As a former journalist and communications professional, I believe in transparency, accountable, public access, and communication. We need to televise and live-stream all committee and floor meetings. We should have easy ways to contact our representatives. We should be sharing updates and information on our websites, social media, and through the press. There is no such thing as too much communication. We owe it to the people to show them what we are doing for them.
January 2020 was the hottest January ever recorded. As climate change reaches a point of no return, we have to begin thinking about protecting our environment. Regulations intended to protect land, air, and water, have been rolled back in recent years, to allow for corporate profits to increase. Meanwhile, citizens are drinking contaminated water. We have to protect our environment and invest in clean, renewable energies to quickly reverse the harmful effects of pollution on our environment.