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U.S. SENATOR

Responsibilities: Represents the people of Ohio and the U.S. in dealing with matters of national and international importance. The general welfare should be a prime concern.Salary: $174,000Term: 6 yrs

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    John Cheng (Write In)
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    Tim Ryan
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    J.D. Vance
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Biographical Information

1. What is the most pressing policy issue facing the federal government? What solutions will you promote?

2. How will you address challenges in the healthcare system?

3. How will you address immigration?

4. How would you assure free, fair and secure elections, and that every eligible voter has full access to the ballot?

5. What is the role of the federal government in protecting the rights of LGBTQ individuals?

6. State your position on efforts to protect our water, air, and land? Include how you will address climate change.

7. State your position on government oversight of gun ownership and safety.

8. What is the role of the federal government in assuring access to high-quality, equitable education (include PK - higher ed)?

9. State your position on women’s reproductive healthcare, pay equity, the ERA, and other rights.

Education BS in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University; Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi honors
Training and Experience John worked 27 years at P&G, retiring in 2007 as an Associate Director in Corporate Research and Development. Since then, he has worked as a teacher, tax advisor and executive director of a nonprofit, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. John has also been a volunteer board President for three different nonprofits, Chinese American Association of Cincinnati, A Day in Eden, and Ohio Valley Princeton Association. John has previously run for Cincinnati City Council as an Independent.
People no longer have faith in or trust the federal government. Institutions that used to be beyond reproach, the FBI, Supreme Court, and Congress, are being questioned regularly. This mistrust has even flowed over into local government, including the police and election security. Congress has become a den of social media influencers that are pulling Americans apart instead of bringing them together. Congress and voters both have responsibility for solving this most pressing issue. First, Congress must restore the faith and trust of citizens in the federal government by working together again to pass legislation that benefits all Americans. I promise to work with Senators in both parties on legislation instead of participating in the cancel culture and social media influencing. Second, citizens need to vote out the members of both parties that are creating the destructive partisan divide. It’s time to end the divisiveness.
We already have Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Medicare, and Medicaid. Let’s make sure people are taking advantage of these existing health care benefits. The underlying huge issue is the cost of medical care in the US. In addition to negotiating better prices for prescription drugs, regulating the health care industry on the model of a public utility could put a cap on costs. Another option is the government could create a single payers health care system for all and allow people to purchase additional private insurance if desired. This is how Medicare works for current beneficiaries. Third, the high cost of malpractice litigation and insurance need to be addressed. If elected, I am open to considering other ideas from fellow Senators and pass legislation that improves the healthcare system.
As the son of legal immigrants, my first priority is to reduce illegal immigration to the U.S by eliminating birthright citizenship for births to illegal, tourist, and guest worker immigrants. Second priority is to secure the border to significantly reduce the burden on our border states. Third priority is a robust guest worker system, which would apply to incoming workers entering by request, and workers already in the country who have not committed violent or other serious crimes. If elected, I will also work with Senators of both parties to pass legislation to update the U.S. immigration laws as needed.
The right and access to voting is very important. This has been codified by Article 1 of the Constitution (giving states responsibility to oversee federal elections), Constitutional amendments ( 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th) and the Voters Rights Act 1965 (and extended in 1970, 1975, and 1982). Overall, our election system is fair and secure and can be accessed by all. In many states, for example, the early voting turnout for the November 8, 2022 general election has been the highest ever. Yes, the system is not perfect as there have been some infrequent cases of improper procedures or violations. These definitely need to be corrected. We do not need to create more laws, which is the role of Congress. The executive and judicial branches should vigorously enforce the current laws that are already in place.
All citizens’ rights should be protected. The federal government is already responsible to protect the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens. This has been codified in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As citizens, LGBTQ are already covered and protected. My role in Congress is to support the environment and expectation that ensure all citizens are covered equally under this law. The executive and judicial branches need to vigorously enforce existing laws.
Using regulatory agencies to protect water, air and land has not worked. The idea I offer is that Congress be required to pass legislation and renew every 4 years to address the rapidly changing environmental status. During this time, the Environment subcommittees in the House and Senate will be charged with the responsibility to study, review and recommend actions to be taken by Congress. These discussions will create the best ideas that can be turned into legislation to better protect water, air, and land. I will focus on electric power generation to address climate change. Electric power generation currently accounts for 32% of CO2 emissions, which will increase as more people drive EVs. I support using nuclear energy for electric power generation, which could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 69% when cars are 100% EVs.
The federal government is responsible to protect the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens. Laws to protect freedom of all citizens from gun violence need to be passed. One idea I have is that gun rights advocates and manufacturers need to participate by providing possible solutions, not just objections. If elected, I will collaborate on legislation that protects the right of freedom from gun violence.
The federal government should ensure that no citizen is denied access to high-quality, equitable education based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Otherwise, the federal government should not have any other responsibility with regard to education. The federal government has already shown its gross ineptitude with the involvement in and management of student loans that has caused punitive debt for many and exorbitant college costs for everyone. This causes an increasing burden on taxpayers, which we cannot afford.
All citizens’ rights should be protected. The federal government is responsible to protect the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens. This has been codified in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As citizens, women are already included and protected. My role in Congress is to support the environment and expectation that ensure all citizens are covered equally under this law. The executive branch and judicial branches need to vigorously enforce existing laws. As for abortion, Congress, not the Supreme Court, needs to first determine if and when and unborn person has rights and is protected from an act of abortion. I believe an unborn person does have rights once the fetus is viable outside the womb, which is currently as early as 20 weeks. As life saving technology improves, the time a fetus becomes viable will be sooner. After passing such a law, then Congress can consider legislation regarding abortion rights.
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Twitter @timryan
Education Law degree from the University of New Hampshire School; Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University
Training and Experience U.S Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district (previously represented the 17th Congressional district until redistricting); U.S. Congressman for Ohio’s 13th district, State Senator for Ohio’s 32nd district.
We must address rising inflation. In the short run, we need a permanent working-class tax cut to put money in the pockets of Ohio families. We also need to end supply chain disruptions and create more good-paying union jobs. I’ll fight like hell to reinvest at home, crack down on companies that ship jobs overseas, reward those creating jobs here, and stand firm against unfair trade policies. Health care is too expensive and too hard to access. In the richest country on earth, it is unacceptable that anyone working hard should go broke because they had to go to the hospital or pay for a prescription. I’m working to bring down costs and give Ohioans more options for how they get the care they need, including by expanding Medicare by lowering the eligibility age to 60, and allowing folks to buy-in to the program at 50 and creating a public health care option for those who want it.

Additionally, health care remains out of reach for too many Ohioans in remote areas that also continue to
Health care is too expensive and too hard to access. In the richest country on earth, it is unacceptable that anyone working hard should go broke because they had to go to the hospital or pay for a prescription. I’m working to bring down costs and give Ohioans more options for how they get the care they need, including by expanding Medicare by lowering the eligibility age to 60, and allowing folks to buy-in to the program at 50 and creating a public health care option for those who want it.

Additionally, health care remains out of reach for too many Ohioans in remote areas that also continue to face staffing shortages. I’m proud to have helped bring back funding to help rural health care providers keep their doors open, and I’m committed to finding new ways to attract and retain health care workers in the areas where the need remains greatest.
As the great-grandson of immigrants, I understand personally how new Americans’ contributions to our communities have shaped the fabric of our society. If we’re serious about honoring our heritage as a nation of immigrants, we need to modernize our broken system to secure our border and establish a path to citizenship for the workers and small business owners who are already in the United States. We need to make sure our immigration system is effective and humane — we should not be separating kids from their parents.

In Congress, I co-founded the Bipartisan Border Security Technology Caucus to highlight and advocate for the most promising technology to stop unauthorized entry across our borders of people or illicit cargo. I have also worked to secure funding to make sure law enforcement agencies are adequately staffed, and invest in technology and resources to secure our border as effectively as possible to better keep out terrorists and criminals and prevent the spread of fentanyl
I’m proud to be a cosponsor of the For The People Act, a monumental step in reforming campaign finance and protecting our democracy. By shining a light on dark money in politics through upgrading online political ad disclosure and requiring all organizations involved in political activities to disclose their big donors, the For The People Act will put the power of democracy back into the hands of the people, not the super-rich or corporate interests. This bill will also enhance Congress’ authority to regulate money in politics—pushing back on the Supreme Court’s despicable Citizens United decision—while restructuring the FEC to better oversee campaign finance. In the Senate, I’ll continue working to pass legislation that will reform our campaign finance regulations and get dark money out of politics.
The role of the federal government is to protect and ensure the rights of all its citizens. All Ohioans should be able to live their lives safely, with dignity, and free from discrimination or fear. I’m a proud cosponsor of the Equality Act, which would strengthen legal protections for LGBTQIA+ Ohioans and ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment, health care, and more. I am committed to making sure LGBTQIA+ youth can grow, learn, and thrive in a safe environment, which is why I’ve supported legislation to end harmful practices like conversion therapy, and combat bullying and harassment in schools and on college campuses.

I recognize the critical role that the judiciary plays in safeguarding the rights of all Ohioans. As Senator, I will carefully consider every judicial nominee’s record and positions when it comes to ensuring that our LGBTQIA+ friends and loved ones enjoy equal protections under the law.
I am focused on making sure that efforts to combat climate change and protect the health of every Ohioan translate into investments into our people and our communities, creating good-paying jobs and opportunities for Ohio workers to once again lead the country and the world. I’ve pushed to pass a robust infrastructure plan that will put thousands of Ohioans to work modernizing our grid, going big on clean energy, and preparing for the challenges of the 21st century, all while using American-made materials. There’s no reason we should be relying on wind turbines and solar panels made in China. I am fighting to cut Ohio workers in on the deal by revitalizing clean manufacturing here at home—so we can supply the world with American-made wind turbines, solar panels, batteries, electric vehicles, and everything else we’ll need to power the clean energy economy.
Every Ohioan should be able to go about their lives safely and free from the threat of violence. As a dad of three and the husband of an elementary school teacher, I have fought to end the epidemic of gun violence that threatens communities across Ohio. In the wake of the 2019 Oregon District shooting in Dayton, I led a caravan of gun safety advocates to Mitch McConnell’s hometown to demand the Senate take up gun safety reform legislation, including commonsense proposals to expand background checks and keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and dangerous criminals.
As a dad of three and the husband of a first-grade public school teacher, I know what it’ll take to make sure all our kids can get a great education. That’s why I’m working to invest in high-quality affordable child care, universal pre-K, and two years of tuition-free community college for anyone who wants, along with bold investments to modernize our school buildings and give our teachers the resources they need. Our kids are entering a competitive and rapidly changing world, and we owe it to them to make sure they’re ready to take on any challenges. I recognize that with other countries making huge investments into their workforce, we can’t afford not to give our team the skills to compete and win. I’m working to bring back and modernize shop class, and reinvest in skills development and registered apprenticeship programs because not having a college degree doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to get a good job and help Ohio dominate the future.
Every Ohioan should be able to access the health care that’s right for them, and that includes protecting the right to safe, legal abortion. As the state legislature and local governments around Ohio push dangerous proposals to ban abortion without exception for rape or incest, and to punish people for helping those seeking urgently-needed care, I am working to protect reproductive freedom for all Ohioans. I am a proud cosponsor and recently voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify Roe v. Wade. I have voted against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and other health care providers, and I oppose efforts to restrict access to health care coverage for reproductive care.
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