Zimmann shares moderate views of this district PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 29 October 2012 10:02
Angela Zimmann (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Redistricting pulled Angela Zimmann into the race for the Fifth Congressional District.
Zimmann, in a recent interview with the Sentinel-Tribune, said she'd always been in the Ninth District. "When I discovered I was in Ohio 5 I took a look at Bob Latta's voting record because I wanted to see who would represent me. When I saw he voted against the auto bailout and against women's issues specifically the fair pay act, domestic violence and choice, I felt like those two issues in tandem meant he was not the representative for me nor this district."
She described Latta as "an ultra-conservative," and as such out of step with the moderate leanings of the district.
Her own family crosses party lines, one parent is a Democrat and the other a Republican.
She sees herself as "a moderate independent Democrat. ... I see Bob Latta as an ideologue."
She cited her own "willingness to work across the aisle to reduce the deficit." Zimmann said she believes in smaller government and keeping "taxes as low as possible."
"I think we need to continue to look at how we can rescue the size of government. Government has good purpose and to say small government is always better is not necessarily the truth. There are things government does well."
Those include, she continued, maintaining the federal highway system; providing Social Security - "we should be looking out for the elderly and people on disability because they can't work";  and helping provide public education.
Still as someone who sits on the school board she doesn't appreciate unfunded mandates from above when "I know what my district needs and doesn't need."
"It's all about moderation and nuanced thinking," she said.
Protecting the liberty of Americans is high on her agenda, Zimmann said.  As an individual and as a Lutheran pastor, she said, she personally opposes abortion. "But that doesn't mean I have the right to make that decision for someone else."
States should decide whether they should allow gay marriage, she said.
She said the Affordable Care Act needs revision, but some elements including allowing young adults to stay on their parents' insurance and protection for those with pre-existing conditions should be retained. But she also wants to look more closely at the requirement that businesses with more than 50 employees offer insurance.
"I want to make sure that small businesses aren't negatively impacted by the Affordable Care Act," Zimmann said. "I think for the most part business owners want to offer their employees insurance. We want to make sure it can be done in the most cost effective and expedient manner."
She said three elements will help create jobs in the region. "The first comes from infrastructure repair and improvement." She said the Obama stimulus plan should have directed more money toward this area. She includes in this road and rail lines, as well as high speed internet connections.
"The second is career and technical education and apprenticeships to make sure we have the people trained for the jobs that exist," she said.
A writing instructor at Bowling Green State University, she sees too many students in college because they believe that's the only path to prosperity.
She said she's even advised one student, a welder, to go back to his trade rather than pursue a degree.
She also believes tax loopholes that actually give incentives to companies to move jobs across the border need to be closed.
She believes the Bush Era tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers should be allowed to expire.
The deficit needs to be addressed carefully. "If we just completely enforce austerity we can fall off a fiscal cliff as well," she said. "We need to gradually reduce the deficit. I think we can do that by increasing taxes of the one percent, not balancing the budget on the backs of the middle class."

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