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Ohio House District 68

Responsibilities: 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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    Steven Mount

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

How would you implement a constitutionally complaint school school funding system?

Where do you stand on efforts to protect our water, air and land? Include how you would address climate change.

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

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US Phone Number (614) 937-9695
Age 66
Education Harvard Law School, J.D. 1979 Muskingum College, B.A. political science 1976 Nelsonville-York High School 1972
DOB 67
City Residence Genoa Township (Westerville mailing address)
Family Kathleen, daughters Rachel, Katherine and Elizabeth, son Thomas, and three grandchildren
Work Experience Squire Patton Boggs 1985-present Winthrop Stimson 1980-1985
There are many ways we can improve our election system, which would serve both to deal with the present crisis but also would make the system function better in normal times. First, we should expand the voter registration system, including adopting “motor voter” rules to automatically register those who apply for driver’s licenses (and update address changes), and allow high schools to automatically register seniors turning 18 (with an option to “opt out” in both cases). Second, we could adopt practices that have worked well in other states, including sending absentee ballots to all registered voters with postage prepaid, rather than the two-step system, without postage, we have now. Unless and until we go to an all mail election, we should also expand early voting options, including more weekends and evening hours. In this election (although it is getting late to do this), it would be very helpful if county boards of election could have drop boxes are various locations in the county.
The current crisis, requiring remote learning in many instances, and the imploding EdChoice program, offer a rare opportunity for the Ohio legislature to re-think Ohio’s education system, and gives the legislature another chance to finally follow the Supreme Court’s mandate to provide a quality education to all Ohio students. I certainly do not have the solution to this complex puzzle, but it has to start with a genuine desire to prioritize and solve the issue, on a bipartisan basis, and de-coupling school funding from the real property tax base.
I would like to see the Ohio EPA increase compliance activity to fill the gap left by the lack of federal enforcement. We also need to solve the runoff problem in northwest Ohio that is causing the toxic algae in Lake Erie. Fracking provides valuable jobs, but we should find ways to conduct it more safely, including in the first instance requiring public disclosure of the chemicals being used in the process. On climate change, I would like to see Ohio become a leader among the states, increasing its renewable energy mandate and promoting the new renewable economy to replace the lost manufacturing from the last century.
The redistricting process that will occur next year is the issue of the decade—unless the will of the voters translates into equal representation, our democracy is broken. It has been broken for the last decade, which is why the Republican supermajority has ignored the desires of a majority of Ohioans in so many areas, including support for workers and families and reasonable gun legislation. For the past decade, based on the gerrymandered map adopted by the Republican supermajority in 2011, 75% of congressional districts and over 60% of Ohio House and Senate seats have been won by Republicans, even though statewide voters have generally split almost equally between the two parties, with Republicans generally getting a small majority. Constitutional amendments approved by more than 70% of Ohioans in 2015 and 2018 improve the odds of—but do not assure—fair maps for the next decade. We need voters from both parties to actively follow the redistricting process next year.