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Representative To Ohio House District 47

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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    Nancy Larson
    (Dem)

  • Derek Merrin
    (Rep)

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 BA - Psychology/Theater MSW (Masters Social Work)
Experience I’ve been a Clinical/Medical Social Worker for 40 years in a variety of settings. I counseled convicted felons at the Lucas County Probation Dept (12 yrs,) worked with Dialysis pts (8 yrs), did hospice social work, and had my own private practIce.
Campaign Phone (419) 318-7146
Twitter @NancyForOhio
I would push Ohio to convert to a mail-in ballot system, like some other states have done. We need automatic voter registration, tied to things like a drivers license/state ID/SS/Medicaid. If ballots were mailed out automatically to those registered to vote, that eliminates the need for photo IDs. If people wanted to vote in person at a polling place, early voting should still be available at a few locations. In addition, I would recommend prosecuting attempts to suppress participation in our democracy. I want elections to be publicly funded, and Citizens United overturned. On a federal level, I want the money allocated to combat foreign interference in our elections to be used for that purpose.
I recognize the advanced state of climate chaos. Our “leaders” have been kicking the can down the road, so we have little time left to act. LEBOR (Lake Erie Bill of Rights) was an attempt to address the fact that regulatory agencies have failed to do their jobs. I support the concept of the rights of nature. I would judge legislation based on the impact those laws would have on the natural world. Specifically, I would call for a moratorium on any more factory farms being approved in Ohio, and move to require the ones already operating to install waste water treatment plants on their premises. We need to pursue wind and solar energy again, and reduce/eliminate our reliance on nuclear energy. Amending current wind-turbine set-back laws is one thing that would help with this. Electric vehicles should not be taxed more rigorously than gas burners. Organic farming support should be widely available, as we encourage family farmers to convert to sustainable methods of producing our food.
Women’s bodily autonomy should be a given at this point in time. Constant attempts to relitigate this issue is a waste of time and energy that would best be spent on addressing the current crop of issues that demand our attention. The majority of people want Roe v. Wade to stand, so trying to overturn it by draconian state legislation is anti-democratic. Trying to pass bills that require doctors to perform nonexistent medical procedures is beneath what I expect of elected officials. People should have access to birth control, safe abortions, and medically sound information about reproduction/ sexuality. Planned Parenthood should be fully funded, as it serves a vital function in our present (broken) health care system. In Ohio, we have an unacceptable rate of Black infant mortality. This needs to be addressed as a clear manifestation of systemic racism. I think health care is a human right, and all women will suffer poorer outcomes until universal health care is achieved in Ohio.
I have a family member in assisted living and they have been on lockdown for the last 6 months. The facility has followed the requirements of the health department very strictly with good results - no deaths or major illness for either staff or patients. I believe it is possible to protect our seniors by these methods. They have set up limited hours to visit, outside while socially distanced, and with all parties masked. They have been taking staff and resident’s temps daily, and test family’s temps prior to visitation.. They monitor symptoms and require a 14-day quarantine for anyone leaving/returning to the building from anything other than a doctor's appointment. If these standards are met, I believe that is sufficient to protect seniors. Some facilities may need additional staffing to cover when others are off sick/quarantined, and perhaps the state needs to play a role in providing unemployment benefits or securing PPE for some nursing homes.
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