Ohio State House Representative District 3 General ElectionTerm Commencing January 1, 2021Term of Office: 2 yearsBase Salary: $60,584Responsibilities: To represent the people of the district of the State of Ohio in dealing with matters not allocated to the federal government.(Winner of this race is shown below.)
Undergrad: Kent State 2004; Naval War College 2016; Master's: University of Toledo 2019
A married father of two, Haraz is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He is also a commissioned Naval Officer with nearly two decades of military service.
In almost two decades of military service, including three deployments, I firmly believe there is no other country with a political process such as ours that provides the opportunity for its citizens to have a voice in the political process. Voting is a sacred right for our nation's citizens — one in which an untold number of patriots have fought to protect. A significant number of the world's 195 countries have constitutions, but there is only one that begins with "We the People..."
I have complete confidence in Secretary of State Frank LaRose and his ability to run a free, fair, and safe election. Early voting, absentee voting, and in-person election day voting are hallmarks of our political system. We must make sure our Postal Service remains funded to process absentee ballots, we must recruit and train poll workers, and we must have a flexible system that protects the integrity of our elections despite any unforeseen crisis.
It's interesting that Elbridge Gerry, the Democrat Governor of Massachusetts, signed a law in 1812 to redistrict a Boston district to his party’s favor. Mr. Gerry is also one of three who refused to sign our nation's constitution 25 years earlier — that same constitution that begins with "We the People..."
Ohioans adopted two constitutional amendments over the past five years that, if implemented properly, will make congressional and state legislative redistricting fairer and more representative and end gerrymandering. I will work to ensure that the new system delivers in practice on its good potential. In addition, I believe strongly that it is important to recognize that voters are not just defined by their Party, but also where they live. Different communities have different priorities. Our redistricting system must preserve to the greatest extent possible these communities of interest.
I have been part of the working group on the “Cupp/Patterson School Funding Model,” and also co-sponsored this bill to address the unconstitutionality of the current funding mechanisms. While there is more work to accomplish in order to enact this much needed legislation, we must never allow a student's address or economic status to determine their full learning potential. I've hosted a district-wide meeting with constituents as well as school officials to engage in dialogue that will help us strengthen proposed solutions. Based on the feedback from our fellow Ohioans, a substitute House Bill to H.B. 305 is being drafted to create a new school financing system that will stand the test of time while being constitutionally compliant.
In 2010, only Japan beat the United States in carbon emissions per $1 million of Gross Domestic Product. The United States has had cleaner water, more trees, and fresher air since 1970 when President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency through signing the Clean Air Act. In contrast, China, India, and Russia pump nearly three times the CO2 with significantly less GDP. No other country is more efficient with carbon emissions than the United States. A diversified portfolio of energy generation capable of creating a baseload capacity to cleanly power our communities, our homes, and our manufacturing plants will further help to protect our environment.