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Ohio House District 69

Salary: $60,584* Term Limit: 2 yrsResponsibilities: To represent the people of the district and the State of Ohio in dealing with matters not allocated to the federal government. *Base salary.

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    Donna Beheydt
    (Dem)

  • Sharon Ray
    (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?

Under what circumstances is it appropriate for the state to restrain or check local government?

How would you implement a constitutionally compliant school funding system?

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

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 gun safety measures?

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

Education - 10K Businesses Graduate, a Golman Sachs and Warrant Buffet Executive Business Mgt. Program - Associate Degree - Paralegal Technology, The University of Akron, 1996 - Military Intelligence Technical School
Training and Experience Small Business Owner: August 2009 – January 2019 Minuteman Press Franchise Owner - Stow, OH Wireless Project Manager: June 2000 – July 2002 Crown Castle USA TN Wireless Project Manager: 1999 Northcoast Communications Cleveland, OH Wireless Project Coordinator: October 1996 – February 1999 LCC International Cleveland, OH Secretarial Positions: March 1990 to August 1994 Akron, OH U.S. Air Force: Jan. 1986 - Jan. 1990 at Shaw AFB, 9th AF Sumpter, SC - Intelligence Research Analyst
There are several things I would do: 1. Demand an online system for absentee ballot applications - this would save the BOE time and money. 2. Demand more secure ballot boxes to be distributed around the districts to make voting easier in the rural areas. 3. Demand postage paid ballots for those who are mailing in their vote. 4. Demand an extension for early voting of at least 30 days. The assault on our post offices these past couple of weeks has caused confusion and distrust among voters. By adding a few of the above listed items we can run an efficient election - every election.
The only time I see the need to restrain local government is when local governments pass laws that harms their community. An example would be arming teachers. I do not believe that decision should be left up to school boards to decide, that should be the State's duty to protect teachers and children in their care. Local governments should have Home Rule protected in most cases and the State shouldn't circumvent local governments Home Rule after the fact, as in the State's current efforts to roll back the Single Use Plastics ban, the Lake Erie Protections, and hand gun restrictions.
Education is the single most important thing we can do for our children. I will work to restructure the Report Card system into a usable report. To do this we need to stop the one day testing that doesn't accurately reflect progress of our students. Addressing the Report Card will dismantle the Ed-Choice Program. The Ed-Choice Expansion should be discontinued immediately. Charter and Community schools should be brought back into the regular public school system, it’s a duplication of efforts that show no evidence of performing better than or sometimes worse than the public schools. Online schools should have stricter enrollment guidelines and have to be held accountable for student attendance and achievement. I will work on efforts to fully fund our children’s education through the State’s General Fund. Relying on property owners to pass their levies every election cycle isn't fair to our children.
I will work hard to make sure fair maps are drawn. I believe when there's a balance of power in the Statehouse and in our Supreme Court we will have better legislation coming out of Columbus. It's everyone's best interest to have fair districts!
We need an all the above approach to climate protection. I will work to strengthen the Ohio EPA's regulations on clean land, air, and water, not lessen them. 90% of our wetlands have been developed. I will work to protect the wetlands we have left and I will work to expand our state parks system. I will work with small farmers to help them become sustainable growers and hold large Ag Corporations accountable for the harmful runoff of chemicals into our water systems. I will look to the renewable energy industry sector to bring clean renewable technology to Ohio so we can reduce our dependency on oil and gas. This would include Carbon Capture, wind, and solar technology. I will work with these industries to bring Green Union Jobs to Ohio, re-building the middle class as we protect our environment. I will protect the Lake Erie Bill of Rights and fight efforts to roll back those rights. I will support the single use plastic ban and support any community that follows suit.
I will work to strengthen our existing laws on background checks, domestic violence protection orders, and extend extreme risk protections. 90% of Ohioans agree that we need stronger background checks and our representatives aren't listening. I will fight Stand Your Ground laws that does nothing to ensure the safety of our citizens.
I trust women in Ohio to decide what's best for themselves and their families. I have 3 children that I wouldn't trade for the world - they are my pride and joy! When I was pregnant with my third child there was an early diagnosis that my son might not live outside my body. We continued to have the recommended testing and soon discovered that our son would be ok, but my husband and I suffered for months not knowing. Until you have sat in a doctor’s office discussing possible outcomes of a wanted pregnancy, you don't really understand the heartbreak some women and their families endure. By passing strict draconian laws in this area, we set women's healthcare back decades. We need to put our resources into fighting the infant and maternal mortality rate in Ohio, not wasting our tax dollars to fight a 6 week Heartbeat Bill. When we have more women in the Statehouse, families win.
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