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Ohio House District 64

Microsoft Word - 2020 Election Voter Guide Info Packet Final.docx99 Representatives in Ohio House (1 from each district)2 year term Base Salary for 2021: $67,493Responsibilities: To represent the people of the district and the State of Ohio in dealing with matters not allocated to the federal government.

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  • Michael J. O'Brien
    (Dem)

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    Martha Yoder
    (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 gun safety measures?

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 women’s reproductive rights and health?

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

How would you work to implement uniform internet access throughout your district for those who work and learn at home?

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Education Berkshire High School, Lakeland Community College, Liberty University
Training and Experience Owner and Director of Social Service Agency for more than 25 years. Served as Township Trustee for 4 years. Currently serving on Trumbull County Transit Board. Ohio Township Leadership Academy, Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute, Fire Academy Public Officials Program
Campaign Email yoder4ohio@gmail.com
I agree with House Bill 680 that was passed by the Ohio House in June. The authority to change election dates, etc should be shared between the legislature and the executive branch.
"The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
I agree with the proposal from 2016 by the Representative now Senator Andrew Brenner that the individual levies and bond issues by local school districts be eliminated and the state wide property tax with equal funding given to each district.
In 2015 and 2018, voters approved constitutional amendments for legislative and congressional redistricting respectively. The purpose of these amendments is to combat gerrymandering. Any participation i would have as a legislator would be accordance with these amendments, and I would advocate for following the constitution.
The efforts currently in place for OEPA and Federal EPA are more than sufficient. I do not believe in man made climate change.
I stand for the rights of the unborn. Abortion is not health care.
When the local government is acting in violation of US or Ohio Constitution.
The pandemic shelter in place orders brought this issue to the forefront. There is pending legislation in the legislature to begin to address residential broadband access to those who still don’t have that. I support this legislation and if it is not successful in this session, I would advocate for it to be introduced again. I would advocate for a task force or working group to include stakeholders like the Township Association, the County Commissioners Association, the Farm Bureau, Ohio Library Council, boards of education, and NFIB as well as broadband providers and others with expertise in this field. I would like to see Ohio look at opening up state owned property for broadband installation. There is also the idea of leapfrogging technology-we see this in developing countries where they have skipped landlines and gone straight to mobile phone technology. Bringing experts and stakeholders to the table will help us find the best solutions to this problem.