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Ohio House District 96

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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  • Ron Ferguson
    (Rep)

  • Oscar Herrera
    (L)

  • Richard A. Olivito
    (Dem)

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?

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Education Oral Roberts University, BA Ohio Northern University, JD
Training and Experience Wrote the historic first Ohio Minimum Wage Increase Proposal and led Governor Celeste’s Administrative House effort for its passage in 1988. Created legislative proposal to place teenage curfew on working hours during the school year, protecting millions of children. Assisted US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division with historic Consent Decrees involving safety forces in Warren and Steubenville. Led statewide Prevailing Wage Law Enforcement in the Labor Department.
The right to vote is fundamental to the functioning of our democracy. The protection of our election system should be of the highest priority for legislators as a vital safeguard against impairments on the right to vote. As a Representative in the Ohio State House of Representatives, I will sponsor, co-sponsor and support legislation that makes sure the right to vote is not a politicized topic. Examples of such legislation would be improving access to polling places, ensuring the availability of absentee and early voting, and doing away with overly restrictive voter ID laws that dismay underprivileged groups from voting. Once elected I will hold the Secretary of State's office accountable for overseeing free and fair elections within the state through budgetary and oversight powers
As Americans and Ohioans, we are guaranteed and enjoy the rights and protections of government. However, sometimes when local governments fail to protect those rights or exercise proper protection of their citizens it is necessary for the state to step in. Circumstances such as unconstitutional policing, corruption, and the enactment of discriminatory or unconstitutional policies require that the state steps in to ensure the protection of its citizens. In these events, it is not just appropriate for the state government to act but its responsibility.
I would implement a constitutionally compliant school funding system by getting rid of the existing property tax financing model for our school systems. In its place would be a state-operated educational system that distributes funds to schools based on the number of students they serve. A per capita rate for each student would need to be designated and be determined by a study of needs by experts in education and those on the frontlines of our education system, our teachers. This rate would be financed by replacing property tax based funding with a progressive state income tax benefiting education, so that those who can afford to pay a little more will while making sure not to over burden lower-income Ohioans many of whom currently rent and do not pay property tax directly.
The right to vote has been tainted by the scourge of gerrymandering and distractions designed more for the benefit of a political party than for the benefit of the citizens living in them. Ohio has taken action in recent years to ensure both fairer state general assembly districts as well as fairer congressional districts. In the State House, I will do my part to advocate and vote for fair maps that protect the integrity of our representation. It will be on us in the General Assembly to ensure the implementation of these reforms in ways that uphold the integrity of the right to representation and allowing Ohioans to once again have a true say in choosing their legislators.
Clean air and water are essential for life itself. By not protecting our most precious natural resources we risk harming those most vulnerable among us, children, underprivileged persons, and those living with chronic health conditions. Recent attacks on the protection of our water, air, and land must be put to a stop and replaced with regulation that puts sustainability at the forefront. I would address climate change by making sure that we address the needs of our planet while protecting workers and those who currently depend on the fossil fuel industry for their livelihoods by ensuring robust job retraining and placement services when needed. Addressing climate change means beginning the transition towards a future with lower carbon emissions by embracing ways of power production that emit less or no carbon into our atmospheres such as solar, wind, and natural gas.
The right to bear arms is clearly outlined in the Constitution. I respect the right to own firearms and own some myself. That being said though, one person’s right to guns should not outweigh another’s right to life. We have seen the pain hit here at home from gun violence, when twenty-six Ohioans were shot in thirty seconds in Dayton we were reminded and our reminded by their memory that we are not immune to this plague. As a Representative, I will support common-sense gun violence prevention measures such as better statewide background checks, crafting red flag laws, and supporting the Governor’s STRONG Ohio bill that would be a good start towards protecting ourselves and our families.
A woman’s right to her reproductive rights and health has been guaranteed by the Supreme Court with the strong conclusion that a woman has her constitutional right to privacy regarding her health decisions. As a representative, I will fight to protect those rights and work to ensure that no legislation is passed that would hinder a woman’s access to healthcare. Decisions about reproductive health should be made by a woman and her doctor, not by the government.