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Representative To Ohio House District 44

State representatives listen to the concerns of their constituents and speak for them. They develop solutions to the needs of their districts through legislative action. State representatives work together, balancing the best interests of each state district.House members attend many meetings of their local, civic, religious and business groups. Through these contacts and suggestions from individual citizens, state representatives gauge public opinion and develop proposals for changes in the state law. These proposals are prepared in the form of a bill and are then formally considered by the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Governor before becoming law.Base Salary: $60,584Term: 2 Years

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    Paula Hicks-Hudson

  • Robert McMahon

Biographical Information

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

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

Where do you stand on women’s reproductive rights and health?

Given the risk that COVID-19 poses to nursing homes, is there something additional that the legislature should do to better safeguard the patients and staff?

Education JD The University of Iowa MA Colorado State University BA Spelman College
Experience Currently, Ohio House Rep District 44; Ohio Democratic House Caucus Minority Whip; Former Mayor of City of Toledo; President of Toledo City Council,
Campaign Phone (419) 329-4383
Twitter @phh4Toledo
The way to ensure that our system is prepared for an election regardless of whether it is a pandemic, a disaster or a politically motivated crisis is to upgrade our system of voting and improve the education of voters. As having seen the continued roll back and confusion that is connected with most recent elections, it is important that voters know their rights regarding voting. The issue of removing voters from the rolls needs to be addressed in such a way that voters should not worry about whether they are registered to vote. Additionally, I have always question how is it that any person with a credit/debit card is able to access his/her bank account, anywhere in the world, yet that same registered voter has to either request a mail in ballot, show up for early voting or appear on election day. The technology exist. I intend to introduce legislation to examine how to use technology to make it easier for people to vote.
One of reason I choose to run for the Ohio House was due to the limitations that local government actually has to address the causes. I saw first hand, the lack of attention from the state and federal governments. I believe that we must use a number of strategies for all parties to address them. I serve on the Agricultural Committee because I wanted to understand and support strategies that will help farmers deal with the waste and fertilizer on their property. I do not support any energy strategy that doesn't include reducing our carbon footprint. I currently am a member of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus which works on issues affecting the Great Lakes with legislators from Canada and Great Lakes.
I stand in continued support of Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to have control and choice over her body. I believe very strongly that a woman's health is tied to reproductive rights and must be protected. Lucas County has one of the highest rates of minority maternal death. There is such a need to remove this right of privacy from the political spectrum to the healthcare spectrum. I will continue to work on ways to accent the need for health and well being within the confines of reproductive rights.
Yes. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the brokenness of the regulation and oversight for nursing homes. While much focus is at the federal level, the state must examine the gaps that exist and fill the ones that we have the power to work on. There is a need to provide adequate funding, training and antigen testing for staff and residents. Further, as we prepare for the flu season, there needs to be more focus placed on ways that people are tested to reduce further exposure. While the focus is on the status of COVID-19 in general, the Ohio Dept of Health and local health departments must continue to educate our citizens. The legislature has a number of bills introduced by my colleagues which have not been set for committee hearings. As we return to session, we will continue to ask for hearings on them.
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