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Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:04

Local Issues

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (REPLACEMENT) WOOD COUNTY
A Majority Affirmative Vote Is Necessary For Passage.

A replacement of a tax for the benefit of Wood County Health District for the purpose of HEALTH SERVICES TO INFANTS, CHILDREN, PREGNANT WOMEN AND THE ELDERLY AND FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS at a rate not exceeding five-tenths (0.5) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to five cents ($0.05) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for ten (10) years, commencing in 2011, first due in calendar year 2012.

FOR THE TAX LEVY

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

The Wood County Health Department placed a tax levy of 0.5 mills on the ballot to replace the current tax levy which expires in December 2011. The new tax rate amounts to $.50 for each $1000 of property valuation for 10 years.
The expiring levy is 0.5 mills but due to levy language and rollbacks, the Health District levy collects much less. Typically tax is assessed on 35% of the appraised value. Currently, the owner of a property valued at $100,000 pays $12.69 per year for Health Department services and programs. With the replacement levy the owner of the same valued property will pay $15.32 per year for services beginning in 2012. The current 0.5 mill levy provides $1,285,039. The replacement levy will provide $1,500,474.  In 2009 the current levy provided 31% of the revenue for the Health Department.
The State of Ohio’s 2009 funding formula provided $.27 for each person in Wood County. In 2010 the state reduced the amount to $.16 per person. Without the replacement levy revenue there will be cuts, especially in programs that are unfunded or not mandated, including programs in the nursing and environmental health services. Other programs may be cut to address building repairs including a new roof.  The cut in funding from the state will continue.
The levy currently supports many programs to protect the health of infants, children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Immunizations and checkups are provided for an increasing number of infants, children and adults who are struggling with finances. Restaurant and day care facilities are inspected. The Department is responsible for infectious disease control, including Norovirus outbreaks, measles and chickenpox in schools, food borne outbreaks and other illnesses, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza outbreak. The Health Department responded to the Lake Township tornado, providing no cost tetanus shots, water, hand sanitizers, and face masks to first responders, victims and volunteers who assisted with cleanup.
The Environmental Health Division protects citizens from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals, diseases, safety hazards, and contaminated air, food and water. Programs promote better health in order to prevent disease and more costly treatment.

 

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (ADDITIONAL)
WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY

A Majority Affirmative Vote Is Necessary For Passage.
An additional tax for the benefit of Wood County District Public Library for the purpose of CURRENT EXPENSES at a rate not exceeding eight tenths (0.8) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amount to eight cents ($0.08) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five (5) years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.

FOR THE TAX LEVY -

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

The Wood County Library requests a five year 0.8 mill levy.  This will be the first time the library has asked for an operating levy in its 135-year history.   Most of WCDPL’s operating revenue comes from the State of Ohio’s Public Library Fund. Because of reductions in state allocations the Wood County District Public Library has had a loss of more than $800,000 over the last two years following years of declining revenues.  Operating costs have increased including utilities, books, minimum wages, and supplies.
Because of the severe funding difficulties the Wood County District Public Library has instituted sharp spending reductions including:  reducing staff by 40 percent (57 employees in 2007, 32 in 2010); reducing the purchase of new books and materials ($307,000 in 2006, $95,000 to date in 2010): reducing operating hours from 107 hours per week to 82; closing on Sundays;  freezing staff pay raises; reducing salaries and benefits for all employees by nearly 10 percent; three times closing the library for week-long furloughs; and asking library staff to perform additional essential duties.
The WCDPL serves more than 6,000 customers every week with use steadily increasing. Over 1,000 people use the library’s 64 public internet computers each week and the number of books, DVD’s, audio books and other borrowed materials has increased greatly in recent years.
Passage of the $1,000,000 per year levy will help restore hours, including some Sunday hours, provide new books and materials and restore some services and programs that have been eliminated or reduced.
The cost to the owner of a home valued at $100,000 will be $25 per year, according to the Wood County Auditor’s Office.


PROPOSED TAX LEVY (ADDITIONAL)


BOWLING GREEN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

HENRY AND WOOD COUNTIES
A Majority Affirmative Vote Is Necessary For Passage.
Shall a levy be imposed by the Bowling Green City School District for the purpose of avoiding an operating deficit in the sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average one and six tenths (1.6) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to sixteen cents ($0.16) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011?

FOR THE TAX LEVY

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

If passed the 5-Year Emergency Levy of an additional 1.60 mills will generate $1,000,000 and allow Bowling Green City School District to balance its budget through June, 2012. The Emergency Levy will cost an owner $49.00 per year for a home with an appraised value of $100,000.  
The Bowling Green School District depends upon income taxes, property taxes and the state foundation for its operating funds; in all three cases, revenues are down and show no signs of recovering. Over the last two years the district has made cuts approaching $2,000,000. In the last ten years the district has eliminated 21 staff positions in spite of stable student enrollment, closed an elementary school building, and made significant cuts in programs.  With increased requirements handed down by the State of Ohio and the federal government, the demands on the system have steadily increased over this ten year period.
If the levy passes the district will be able to balance its budget through June, 2012.  Passage will also allow the district to reinstate elementary camp and K-12 field trips; continue investment in student technology; maintain the existing level of student instructional material purchases; replace a 1998 school bus with 233,000 miles on it; continue the district’s Gifted Program; and retain the alcohol prevention specialist and program. If the levy fails the district will continue to make drastic cuts to the education program to balance the budget for 2010 and the following years.
The district recently learned it will receive $353,000 from the federal government’s Ed Job Fund and plans to carry over these dollars into FY 2012 to reduce the impact of the anticipated 10% reduction in state funding in FY12.

 

REFERENDUM ON ORDINANCE NO. 7905
(By Petition)
BOWLING GREEN CITY

A Majority Affirmative Vote Is Necessary For Passage.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 153.01 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BOWLING GREEN, OHIO, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF “DISCRIMINATE” AND “DISCRIMINATION” AND AMENDING SECTION153.02 IN MULTIPLE SECTIONS TO EFFECTUATE SAID NEW DEFINITION

SECTION 1: That Section 153.01 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Bowling Green, Ohio, is hereby amended and adopted by redefining the terms “discriminate” or “discrimination” as follows:
Any difference in treatment based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sex, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, creed, ancestry, disability, military status, veteran status, marital status, family status, physical characteristics, HIV-status, or genetic information.

SECTION 2: That Section 153.02 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Bowling Green, Ohio, is hereby amended at Section (A), and at Section (B), and at Section (C), and at Section (D), and at Section (E), and at Section (F), and at Section (G), and at Section (H)(1), and at Section (H)(2)(a), and at Section (K), so as to modify by expansion the protected classes described in the new definition of “discriminate” or “discrimination” as set forth in Section 1 of this ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sex, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, creed, ancestry, disability, political ideology, military status, veteran status, marital status, family status, physical characteristics, HIV-status, or genetic information.

SECTION 3:  This ordinance shall take effect at the earliest time permitted by law.

Shall Ordinance #7905 amending Section 153.01 of the codified ordinances of the City of Bowling Green, Ohio, relating to the definition of “discriminate” and “discrimination” and amending Section153.02 in multiple sections to effectuate said new definition, be approved? YES or NO

REFERENDUM ON ORDINANCE NO. 7906
(By Petition)
BOWLING GREEN CITY

A Majority Affirmative Vote Is Necessary For Passage.

AN ORDINANCE CREATING AND ADOPTING CHAPTER 39 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BOWLING GREEN, OHIO CONCERNING UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION
SECTION 1: That Chapter 39 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Bowling Green, Ohio, is hereby created and adopted in accordance with the exhibit attached hereto and made a part thereof relating to Unlawful Discrimination
SECTION 2: This ordinance shall take effect at the earliest time permitted by law.
Shall Ordinance #7906 creating and adopting Chapter 39 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Bowling Green, Ohio concerning unlawful discrimination, be approved?   YES or NO                                                                               
EXPLANATION OF ORDINANCE 7905 AND 7906
Ordinance 7905 and Ordinance 7906 were passed by Bowling Green City Council on August 17, 2009.  Ordinance 7905 was passed unanimously; Ordinance 7906 was passed with one dissenting vote.  The two ordinances expanded existing federal and state civil rights laws that made it illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and sex.  The two ordinances extended the protection of law from discrimination to include genetic information, gender, pregnancy, gender expression, creed, gender identity, military status, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical characteristics, and HIV status.
After the passing of the two ordinances, petitions were filed to place both ordinances on the November 2, 2010 general election ballot for a vote of the residents of Bowling Green.  This meant the ordinances did not take effect.  A majority yes vote on Ordinance 7905 and 7906 is required for each ordinance to become law.
Ordinance 7905:  Currently the Bowling Green Fair Housing section of the Code of Ordinances makes it unlawful for any person to refuse to sell, rent, lease or otherwise deny or withhold housing accommodations from any person because of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and sex. Ordinance 7905 amends the current Fair Housing section to add the following to the list: genetic information, gender, pregnancy, gender expression, creed, gender identity, military status, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical characteristics, and HIV status.  It would be illegal to deny loans, conditions of loans, or mortgage status dues to these characteristics.  These additions to the Fair Housing Ordinance do not apply to churches, charities and education organizations giving preference to promote the principles of the organization.  They do not apply to the rental of a duplex if the owner lives on one side or the rental of a portion of a house if the owner, or a member of the owner’s immediate family, is living there.

Ordinance 7906:  Ordinance 7906 creates a new chapter, Chapter 39, in the Bowling Green Code of Ordinances to cover employment by a business or place of public accommodation, educational institution, or the City of Bowling Green.  It would be unlawful to hire, fire, promote, or deny regular privileges of employment to all the classes including the classes to be voted on in Ordinance 7905.  Exceptions are made for religious organizations, fraternal organizations, businesses with fewer than 5 employees not including the employers’ parents, spouse or children, discrimination that is a business necessity, promotional activities targeting a protected class such as senior citizens, and seniority or other employee benefits.  The ordinance does not protect any person who has committed any unlawful activity.
To read the language of 153.01 and 153.02 under the Fair Housing Section of Bowling Green’s Code of Ordinance go to www.bgohio.org and click on “Codified Ordinances” on the left side of the screen.  To read the full text of proposed Chapter 39 of the BG Code of Ordinances go to w.w.w.wcnet.org/~lwvbg.

 

SPECIAL ELECTION BY PETITION
LOCAL OPTION ELECTION ON SUNDAY SALES OF LIQUOR

A Majority Affirmative Vote Is Necessary For Passage.
Shall the sale of wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor be permitted for sale on Sunday between the hours of eleven a.m. and midnight by Unity Group, Inc., dba Easy Street Café, an applicant for a D-6 liquor permit who is engaged in the business of operating a restaurant at 104 S. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 in this precinct?

YES

NO

A “yes” vote will allow Easy Street Café to serve wine and liquor on Sunday between the hours of eleven a.m.  and midnight.

 

Wood County Commissioner Candidates

Name:  John Davoli
Address:  845 N. Countyline Street, Fostoria, Ohio 44830
Party:  Independent
Occupation:  Full time mayor of Fostoria
Education:  BFA, University of Toledo; graduate courses in Education
Qualifications for Office:  Former busines owner, 2 term city councilman, 3 term mayor, member of various county boards, extensive government training and information seminars, friendly, fair and honest

QUESTION 1:  What do you see as the key issue(s) facing Wood County in the next few years?  How would you address each?
Lack of jobs and a declining tax base.  Many cities and villages throughout Wood County and Ohio have seen a dramatic loss of jobs.  In Fostoria, we have substantially cut crime, cleaned up our neighborhoods, and have made major improvements in our infrastructure.  We need to do this on a countywide level so when our state officials finally make Ohio competitive with other states (we are ranked 47th as the least friendly state to businesses) we will be ready for future job growth.  Meanwhile, we need to take a long hard look at every future open Wood County position before refilling it.  Like we say in Fostoria, provide the best possible service with the funds we have available.  County government shouldn’t be expanding, but should be cutting back like other businesses.  We need to talk with our Wood County employees as to where to cut waste and improve services.

QUESTION 2:  Communication remains a problem in all governmental units.  How do you intend to communicate with constituents and county government officials?
Faxes and e-mails are fine, but I believe a commissioner should get out of One Courthouse Square and visit ALL of the townships, villages and city meetings – and I mean ALL.  And that is what I have been doing and will continue to do.  I have been attending all the township meetings as well as the villages and city council meetings with a simple message; “I am not only campaigning but I pledge to be back to THEIR meetings on a regular basis.”  I will represent all four corners of Wood County and everywhere in between.  Everyone east of I-75 and west of I-75, everyone north of Route 6 and south of Route 6.  As an independent candidate I will work for all of the people of Wood County; I will work for you!  I will communicate personally, face to face, for all four years, not just at election time.

QUESTION 3:  What would you as a commissioner do to attract more business in Wood County and to create more jobs?

First of all, I would continue to push our state elected officials to make Ohio more business friendly, for job retention and job creation.  It saddens me, as the mayor of Fostoria, when we lose jobs to Mexico and China, but it angers me when we lose businesses to other states.  As an independent commissioner, I can speak freely and work with BOTH political parties on the task of changing our business climate.  Ohio needs to compete on an equal playing field.
Secondly, I would do everything I can to support our family farms.  I would protect farmland through brown-field redevelopment.  Once you lose farmland, it is gone forever.  I have walked through every city and village and they all have areas, old businesses and old factories, where the commissioner’s office can help clean up.  Clean up an eyesore, put in a new business, create jobs AND preserve farmland.

Name:  Tim W. Brown
Address:  322 W. Merry Ave., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402-1750
Party:  Republican
Occupation:  Full Time Commissioner, Vice President
Education:  Graduate of BGSU’s College of Business (Bachelor of Science)
Qualifications for Office:  As Commissioner, I have worked hard to bring jobs to our county.  I have successfully managed $128 million budget and kept our sales tax rate among the lowest in Ohio.

QUESTION 1:  What do you see as the key issue(s) facing Wood County in the next few years?  How would you address each?
Our citizens need more job opportunities and for county government to remain frugal and conservatively managed while continuing to provide core services to our citizens in this very difficult economy.  I have worked to foster our county’s business friendly environment that allows for job expansion and the attraction of new businesses.  Over the last two years our county has attracted over $350 million dollars in private sector investment in jobs for our citizens – this must continue as a primary focus.  Concentrating on diversifying our jobs base, will enable us to more readily weather economic downturns.   Additionally, we reduced the county’s budget by 5.36% - we are doing what our citizens are doing – tightening the belt and cutting back.  We continue to explore ways to be more efficient and cost effective in delivering services to our citizens so there is no need to raise taxes.

QUESTION 2:  communication remains a problem in all governmental units.  How do you intend to communicate with constituents and county government officials?
Elected officials throughout Wood County have a good record of communicating and working together.  At my request, the Commissioners began holding town hall meetings with citizens around Wood County.  We continue to hold these evening meetings in cities, villages and townships to provide yet another method for citizens to participate in their local government.  I also attend council and township meetings anytime requested, and Mayors Association and Township Association meetings to maintain our working relationship.  Our office sends an annual report directly to the citizens as an additional means of communicating.  Additionally, I have an email news list for which any citizen can sign up.  Citizens can sign up for my email news updates at CitizensforBrown.com.  Most importantly, I am available to meet day or night with citizens who wish to schedule a meeting by calling my home 419-353-3805 or office 419-354-9100.

QUESTION 3:  What would you as a commissioner do to attract more business in Wood County and to create more jobs?
It is important that we continue to call upon our existing business owners to maintain the businesses we have and to assist with their needs for expansion.  Many times our local business owners know of other companies that may be looking to relocate, therefore communication with our existing business partners is an effective way to continue our job growth success.  I also advocated that we specifically target businesses nationally and internationally that are considering expansion and proactively bring Wood County’s business friendly environment and our assets to their attention.  Maintaining an up-to-date inventory of buildings and land available for job growth is critical in dealing with companies desiring to move quickly on business expansions.  I also believe we must continue our partnerships with Penta, Owens, and Bowling Green State University to keep our local workforce well educated and trained to meet the changing needs of business and industry.

Name:  Fred E. Keith Jr.
Address:  1175 East Street, Bradner, Ohio 43406
Party:  Democratic
Occupation:  Business Manager of Boilermakers Local 85 in Rossford
Education:  Lakota High School

Qualifications for Office:  current Lakota School Board Member (elected 3 terms), successful in private industry while committed to public service

QUESTION 1:  What do you see as the key issue(s) facing Wood County in the next few years?  How would you address each?
The top issues are economic development and the budget.  Although Wood County seemed to be immune to the original effects of the recession, tough times have hit resulting in a decline in tax revenue at the same time that increased unemployment has resulted in an increased need for services.
I am the only candidate who has significant work experience in the area that Wood County need to grow in:  alternative energy.  I have worked with alternative energy businesses throughout NW Ohio and SE Michigan.  For example, I have worked with First Energy and Defiance to build 3 “peakers,” turbines powered by natural gas.
I know the workforce and the capabilities of Wood County and will be in a much better position to sell the potential of Wood County, compared to my two opponents who have spent most of their time, not in private industry, but in politics.

QUESTION 2:  Communication remains a problem in all governmental units.  How do you intend to communicate with constituents and county government officials?
Communication is important because Wood County is fifth largest (geographical) county, with diverse communities and needs.  My roots in Wood County are very deep, six generations of family here!  My kids and new grandchildren all live in Wood County with many relatives scattered from Moline to Bradner to Weston.  I go to church in Northwood, work in Rossford, and enjoy all aspects of our great County.
The Commissioner needs to address all communities (villages, townships, and cities) and all industries (agriculture, manufacturing, education) on a regular basis.  A good Commissioner is open to all opinions and actively seeks out opinions from people who are not willing or able to go to scheduled meetings.  I will attend meetings, not just in election years, and will use emerging electronic technologies to communicate to and listen to Wood County constituents.

QUESTION 3:  What would you as a commissioner do to attract more business in Wood County and to create more jobs?
I have significant experience in the private sector, working with existing businesses to make sure they have their energy needs met.  In addition, I have worked to attract businesses to NW Ohio where we have a great workforce and significant infrastructure advantages.  We are close t6o Lake Erie; we have great access to highways and rail.
In addition, I know that we need to invest in the future.  One of my proudest accomplishments for the Lakota School Board is building a modern, integrated school facility that will be one of the educational jewels of the area.  To accomplish that, we formed consensus with voters, educators, businesses, and student in 3 counties!  Those consensus-building and planning skills are important for bringing businesses into Wood County.
Our County is facing tough economic times but we need plan on how we will compete for economic development once this recession ends.

Wood County Auditor -(Unopposed)

Name:  Michael Sibbersen
Address:  431 N. Prospect Street, Bowling Green, OH 43402
Occupation:  County Auditor
Education:  BS University of Toledo, and numerous hours of continuing education provided by County Auditors Association of Ohio, Government Finance Officers Association, International Association of Assessing Officers, Auditor of State, and others.
Qualifications:  Service as County Auditor since 1993 and previous service as Chief Deputy Auditor

QUESTION 1:  What are your priorities for the auditor’s office?
Courteous quality service always remains a top priority to me for a government office and in addition a high standard of cooperation with county agencies as well as other units of government.
As chief financial officer for the county it is a priority to continue to produce a high standard of accountable financial reporting through publication of our more technical CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report), completed to national standards, as well as our more accessible Citizens Report.            Continuing to improve and modify our website and aerial photography is vitally important to a wide segment of the public regularly using our resources.
Consumer protection is also a key function for the office in regularly inspecting all scales and measuring devices including fuel facilities throughout the county.

QUESTION 2:  How would you help local and state government agencies deal with the fiscal challenges they are facing today?
An important function of financial decision making regarding tax levy strategy is obtaining reliable income estimates for projected millage amounts as well as variations such as renewal or replacement yields.  Our office provides these as well as the estimates for annual tax receipts crucial to the budget planning process.
Timely turnaround of tax dollars collected is another priority and a record that we take pride in achieving along with assistance of the County Treasurer.  The auditor also offers advance payments of tax monies during collection to governments that might be experiencing cash flow shortages.
The auditor as Secretary of the Budget Commission is responsible for creating a Certificate of Estimated Resources for each school, township, and municipality outlining the yearly total expected available cash for each fund.  When each passes their appropriations the auditor must check and certify they do not exceed those levels.

QUESTION 3:  As a member of the Apportionment Board, what approaches would you support to ensure an open, fair and transparent process for redistricting?
It is the Auditor of State who is the official designated to serve on the Apportionment Board.

QUESTION 4:  What would you do to enforce Ohio’s sunshine laws and open-records policy, given increased difficulty in accessing public records?
The Auditor of State provides training in Ohio’s Sunshine laws and open records policy which is required in each term of office for all elected officials or their designee.  The county auditor provides a wealth of public information via our website relating to real estate values, taxes, and related reduction programs, as well as many other aspects of operation including manufactured homes, weights and measures, and dog licensing.
The county’s annual financial reports are also available in downloadable pdf format from our auditor office homepage.

Wood County Judge of Common Pleas


Name:  Robert C. Pollex
Address:  14856 Prairie Lake Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
Running unopposed. Questionnaire not returned

 

Candidates for Governor

Name:  John Kasich – Republican Party
Address:  340 E. Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Biographical Information: http://www.kasichforohio.com/site/c.hpIJKWOCJqG/b.5280651/k.EB86/Biography.htm

QUESTION 1:  Ohio is facing a huge budget deficit for the FYs ending in 2012 and 2013. What specific revenues increases would you support and what cuts would you make to balance the budget?
As the chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee, I led the effort to balance the federal budget for the first time in 30 years. I‘ve written 13 budgets and know how to get the job done. I also know that budgets are not goals in themselves, but that they are a means of achieving goals. Ohio doesn‘t have a budget problem, it has an economic problem, and by undoing the economic mismanagement that has been imposed on Ohio over the past three years and which has contributed to the loss of almost 400,000 Ohio jobs, we will see immediate benefits to the state‘s bottom line. Working together we can set our priorities, manage this budget, make ourselves more competitive, and put the state on the path toward prosperity.

QUESTION 2: What should be done to ensure that all community schools and nonpublic schools that accept state financial support (including vouchers) are accountable to the public?
We must hold Ohio‘s entire education system accountable to ensure that all of our students are achieving at high levels. We need to set higher standards so our children can compete. We need to get education dollars to the classroom. Ohio is 47th in the nation in getting money to the classroom, and 9th in spending on bureaucracy and overhead. Instead of funding bureaucracy, we should allow funds to follow children to the classroom. We need to empower teachers to be in control of their classrooms and principals to operate their schools efficiently and effectively. All parents and students deserve high-quality education choices, and we need to use technology to engage students in creative ways. Charter schools, scholarships and voucher programs, and online education can serve as incubators for good ideas that can be translated into the public system to drive innovation.

QUESTION 3: What would you propose, if anything, to change Ohio’s tax structure?
Ohio‘s business environment is flawed, and as a result our economy is suffering. According to 651 CEOs around the country Ohio‘s business climate ranks 44th. CNBC ranks Ohio 38th in business friendliness. One reason for this is our tax environment. Ohio ranks 47th in the Tax Foundation‘s State Business Tax Climate Index. We also have the 7th highest state and local tax burden in the country. The bottom line is our taxes are too high and it is making us uncompetitive in retaining and attracting businesses, growing our economy and creating jobs. I will do everything in my power to reduce the cost of government so that over time we can significantly begin reducing Ohioans‘ tax burdens and make us more competitive.

Name:  Ken Matesz – Libertarian Party
Address: 11965 Monclova Road, Swanton, OH
Biographical Information:  http://www.mateszforohio.com/meet-ken-matesz.html

QUESTION 1:  Ohio is facing a huge budget deficit for the FYs ending in 2012 and 2013. What specific revenues increases would you support and what cuts would you make to balance the budget?
The budget deficit must be eliminated by budget CUTS, not by increasing taxes. I propose freezes in public employee hiring, wages, and pensions. I propose eliminating several extraneous state programs and departments and decreasing (then eliminating) the state‘s role in education in favor of local school control by local school boards, teachers, and parents.

QUESTION 2:  What should be done to ensure that all community schools and nonpublic schools that accept state financial support (including vouchers) are accountable to the public?
The best way to ensure local accountability is simply to give the schools back to the local communities and withdraw the state from intervention in local education. I support letting teachers and parents and local boards be the principle decision-makers when it comes to education.

QUESTION 3: What would you propose, if anything, to change Ohio’s tax structure?
I would like to eliminate personal income and estate taxes immediately and follow in a few years with the elimination of property taxes. The latter may be supported by a small increase in sales tax. Overall, the intention is to greatly diminish tax burden and allow Ohioans to keep more of their hard-earned money.

Name:  Dennis S. Spisak – Green Party of Ohio
Address: 548 Poland Avenue, Struthers, OH 44471
Biographical Information:  http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=110717

QUESTION 1:  Ohio is facing a huge budget deficit for the FYs ending in 2012 and 2013. What specific revenues increases would you support and what cuts would you make to balance the budget?
To fix Ohio‘s looming budget problem we must focus on three areas: New Tax Revenue, Reduced Tax Expenditures, and Reduced Programmatic Expenditures.  We must reinstate the upper bracket personal income tax rate of 7.5%, which would generate $900 million dollars.  We must increase the CAT tax by .08%, which would cover the estimated General Revenue Fund subsideries to schools and local governments and raise over $400 million dollars. We must reduce tax expenditure loopholes, which cost Ohio over $7 billion dollars a year.  We must also reduce expenditures, which could also save millions over the biennium.

QUESTION 2:   What should be done to ensure that all community schools and nonpublic schools that accept state financial support (including vouchers) are accountable to the public?
All Community schools and nonpublic schools should be held to the same accountability standards as public schools are in the state of Ohio. It‘s time to crack down on poor quality and failing charter schools. I am all for closing truly failing charter schools.

QUESTION 3:   What would you propose, if anything, to change Ohio’s tax structure?
I would restructure the 2005 tax changes that lowered taxes for wealthy taxpayers. The Office of Budget and Management says reversing just one year of the income tax cuts would bring in $422 million dollars. To help low-income households, raise the amount households can make before owing an income tax. Implement an Ohio Earned Income Tax Credit system like the Federal EITC. Currently, 24 states and the District of Columbia have this credit in place, which would bring low-income families out of poverty.  Raise the Commercial Activity Tax: revenues would allow for paying schedule reimbursements as well as add money to the General Revenue Fund. This could raise at least $50 million for the state.  Retain some of the income tax portion of the  corporate franchise tax. Retaining at least 1/5 of it‘s former rate would give the state at least $200 million per year.

Name:  Ted Strickland – Democratic Party
Address: 35 N. Fourth Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Biographical Information: http://www.tedstrickland.com/content/pages/about_ted_strickland/

QUESTION 1:  Ohio is facing a huge budget deficit for the FYs ending in 2012 and 2013. What specific revenues increases would you support and what cuts would you make to balance the budget?
First, I‘m working to create jobs because a growing economy is the most important factor for  long term budget sustainability. Second, I‘ve done what past Ohio leaders have only talked about doing - I have made tough choices to reduce the size of government and cut spending.  Third, I‘m modernizing state government and finding ways to provide services more efficiently.  We‘re pursuing further efficiencies in the four larger systems that comprise 90% of the state‘s general revenue fund budget - our k-12 and higher education systems, corrections, and Medicaid.  Finally, I‘ll approach the budget responsibly. I have a record that Ohioans can judge. The past is the best predictor of the future and I have already balanced two state budgets by cutting spending without raising taxes.

QUESTION 2:  What should be done to ensure that all community schools and nonpublic schools that accept state financial support (including vouchers) are accountable to the public?
In 2009, I signed into law an education reform plan that creates a constitutional system of school funding. Included in that package of reforms are strong accountability measures for community schools. These measures require all schools to create spending plans, ensuring that funds reach the students who need them. They also hold community schools to the high standards that traditional schools must meet and move all community schools and their sponsors under the authority of the Ohio Department of Education.  My plan also reduces the amount of time that community schools are permitted to operate in “academic emergency” before being forced to close and prevents operators of community schools with failing track records from creating new community schools. It is vitally important that these public dollars serve our students well.

QUESTION3:  What would you propose, if anything, to change Ohio’s tax structure?
During difficult economic times, and as other states were increasing taxes, Ohio enacted one of the largest tax cuts in modern history.  Ohioans now pay $1.8 billion less in taxes each year. State income taxes are 16.8% lower than in 2004 and during my term, we carried out the elimination of the tangible personal property and corporate franchise taxes.  I also expanded eligibility for the homestead exemption tax credit. Nearly 1 in 4 Ohio homeowners, mostly senior citizens, are saving on average more than $400 a year on their property taxes. And, as Governor, I signed laws to exempt retirement benefits of Ohio military retirees and benefits paid to surviving military spouses from state income taxes and school district income taxes.  Finally, in order to incentivize job growth, I signed legislation eliminating the tangible personal property tax on solar and wind facilities.

Candidates for Lieutenant Governor

Name:  Yvette McGee Brown – Democratic Party
Address: 35 N. Fourth Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Biographical Information: http://www.tedstrickland.com/content/pages/about_yvette/

QUESTION 1:  What are the strengths you would bring to the office of Lieutenant Governor?
Governor Strickland will have a true partner who brings a wealth of experiences to the table. I am no stranger to making difficult choices, like the ones Governor Strickland and I will continue to make to create jobs, improve education, and expand healthcare for all Ohioans.  As a county judge, voters entrusted me with the enormous responsibility of making legal decisions that impacted children’s lives and our community. And as the founding President of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, I managed a large budget during tough economic times, while maintaining critical services for the treatment and prevention of child abuse and domestic violence.  I will bring these experiences to the job of Lieutenant Governor and be an advocate for children, for families, and for the continued revitalization of Ohio‘s urban communities.

QUESTION 2:  How would you define “regionalism”? Would you support using that concept of regionalism as a way to make local government in Ohio more efficient?
Regionalism is a way to capitalize on the unique economies of our state. Towns and cities that have a shared sense of economic identity can work together to promote economic development and government efficiency. The Ohio Hubs of Innovation and Opportunity are a perfect example of this. The Hubs of Innovation provide an opportunity for regions to identify their strengths and to work together to build on these strengths. These hubs use a region’s resources and investments to attract clusters of connected businesses, encourage new investments, and ensure a skilled workforce. The hubs also present opportunities for regions to work more efficiently together by sharing services where appropriate. The shared services model, implemented at the state level, provides a strong model for local governments.

QUESTION 3:  What specific functions of state government can be performed better by contracting with the private sector? What specific functions of state government should not be contracted out to the private sector?
The decision to contract out government functions is one that should be carefully considered and not taken lightly. Government has a responsibility to maintain a social safety net and to enforce the rule of law. Some states that have attempted to privatize state functions have seen adverse effects. Savings are not always realized and accountability can be diminished. For example, the state of Nevada privatized its workers compensation system and saw rates increase and could no longer maintain group rates. Any consideration of privatizing government functions needs to assess whether or not privatizing will cut costs, have proper accountability measures, and deliver needed services to citizens.

Name:  Ann Leech- Libertarian Party
Address: 11965 Monclova Road, Swanton, Ohio 43558
Biographical Information:  N/A*

QUESTIONS:  N/A*
*N/A:  Candidate Response was not received by publication deadline.

Name:  Anita Rios - Green Party
Address: 548 Polland Ave, Strothers, Ohio 44471
Biographical Information: N/A*

QUESTIONS:  N/A*
*N/A:  Candidate Response was not received by publication deadline.

Name:  Mary Taylor- Republican Party
Address: 340 East Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Biographical Information:  http://www.kasichforohio.com/site/c.hpIJKWOCJqG/b.5718669/k.6B62/Mary_Taylors_Biography.htm

QUESTION 1:  What are the strengths you would bring to the office of Lieutenant Governor?
As a Certified Public Accountant with 16-years of private sector experience I have successfully helped businesses grow and create jobs by solving problems impacting their bottom lines. Likewise, as Auditor of State I have helped state and local governments improve their operations and provide better service to taxpayers. As lieutenant governor I will work with John Kasich to apply this experience to get Ohio back on track by modernizing government and eliminating the barriers of high spending, high taxes, and excessive regulation that currently keep our businesses from thriving and creating jobs.

QUESTION 2:   How would you define “regionalism”? Would you support using that concept of regionalism as a way to make local government in Ohio more efficient?
Every organization - business or government - can always improve. As Auditor of State I‘ve used performance audits to help local governments be more efficient and improve the quality of the services they provide to taxpayers. Among the best-practice strategies that local governments often employ to improve their operations is to team up with neighboring governments to collaborate in purchasing, service delivery, and other functions. It is often a good solution to the ever-present need to make tax dollars go as far as possible. These types of solutions and the cooperation they represent are strategies that John Kasich and I would encourage wherever appropriate as state and local governments work together to provide better value to Ohioans.

QUESTION 3:   What specific functions of state government can be performed better by contracting with the private sector? What specific functions of state government should not be contracted out to the private sector?
With Ohio expected to face an $8 billion budget shortfall next year, every program and agency must go under the microscope to be evaluated for possible savings and improvements. Nothing can be spared scrutiny for political reasons. It‘s premature to discuss specifics of a budget before revenue and spending projections are known, but one area that John Kasich and I have already identified for improvement is the Ohio Department of Development. By liberating the economic development functions from the state‘s current bureaucratic approach and placing them in a private, not-for-profit corporation, Ohio can more effectively retain existing businesses, pursue new businesses, and help businesses solve problems that currently hinder their ability to thrive and create jobs.

Candidates for Attorney General

Name: Richard Cordray – Democratic Party

Address: 340 E Fulton Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Biographical Information: http://www.cordrayforohio.com/about/


QUESTION 1: What enforcement areas do you view as your priorities?

Holding Wall Street accountable to Ohio workers, investors, and retirees for their greed and reckless violations of federal securities laws. Thus far, we have recovered approximately $2.7 billion from these lawsuits.

Increasing consumer protection for individuals, and extending consumer protection services to small businesses and nonprofits for the first time ever. Last year, we received and handled over 30,000 complaints from individuals, and we recovered millions of dollars while also cracking down on many different scams and frauds.

Improving law enforcement support services. My office has provided cutting-edge tools so law enforcement officers in the field can identify and apprehend criminals faster than ever before. We have also introduced robotics and made other changes to reduce substantially the number of cases awaiting DNA and forensic analysis. And we have focused on human trafficking, public corruption, and computer crime as priorities for the office.

QUESTION 2: Are there additional responsibilities you would want added to the office of the Attorney General? If so, what would they be?

First, we need to continue our work to improve our own services to the public. Second, there is room for someone – it could be the Attorney General‘s office, given our role as legal counsel to all of state government – to play an ombudsman role to help individuals and small businesses navigate the state bureaucracy more easily. Third, we can do more to increase and improve the use of mediation to resolve the State‘s legal disputes, with our office providing a leadership role to the agencies and other forums within which those disputes arise. Finally, in my next term I intend to propose a Constitutional Review Commission to establish a blue-ribbon panel that will deliberate and develop recommendations and analysis of possible proposals to update the Ohio Constitution, similar to the body that performed successfully in that role forty years ago.

QUESTION 3: What would you do to enforce Ohio’s sunshine laws and open-records?

My office currently provides free training for public officials and others interested in open government and open meetings. The office created a model open records policy, which we employ internally, and which local governments can adopt or use as guidance to create their own open records policies. My office has also made greater use of our official Web site to put as many documents as possible online for public review in order to increase transparency. In addition, we have made many changes to improve the navigability of our Web site and increase the ease of use for the public. Further work to increase our use of the Web to maximize access and convenience to our end-users and increasing the number of trainings offered to local governments are two of our future priorities in this area.


Name: Mike DeWine – Republican Party

Address: 2587 Conley Road, Cedarville, Ohio 43514

Biographical Information: http://mikedewine.com/biography

QUESTION 1: What enforcement areas do you view as your priorities?

One of my top priorities will be to challenge the Constitutionality of the Obama healthcare law. To help create a business climate in Ohio that encourages the creation and growth of jobs in Ohio, I will join the 20 other state attorneys general in their lawsuit to declare President Obama‘s healthcare mandates as unconstitutional. Additionally, I will enforce an efficient operation at our state‘s crime lab, called BCI. Right now, there are unacceptable months-long delays in evidence-testing, which leaves criminals free to roam our streets. I will enforce timely and efficient evidence-testing standards. Similarly, through the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC), which the Attorney General chairs, I will go after corruption whenever and wherever I see it. I will be above politics and when I see corruption, I will go after it.

QUESTION 2: Are there additional responsibilities you would want added to the office of the Attorney General? If so, what would they be?

Before we add responsibilities to the Attorney General‘s office, it is very important that we start with the job already given to the Attorney General. For example, the Attorney General must make sure that our state crime lab is run efficiently. There is something wrong when a rape victim has to wait six, seven, or eight months for DNA in the case to be tested at the state-run crime lab. There is something wrong when the Attorney General waits 14 months after the newspaper first reported on it to investigate corruption in Cuyahoga County government. I will not tolerate delays at BCI, and I will not tolerate corruption. I will call it like I see it.

QUESTION 3: What would you do to enforce Ohio’s sunshine laws and open-records?

There are many places in Ohio government where more light would clean up some real problems. Incumbent Attorney General Richard Cordray recently advised state pension funds to deny public access to records that would allow Ohioans to evaluate how those agencies operate and the size and scope of benefits paid to state and local government workers. Ohio newspapers had asked the pension funds to release records that would generally show details about public employees‘ retirement benefits. Despite Cordray‘s denial, the purpose of the request -- determining if there‘s any potential waste or abuse of taxpayer money in Ohio‘s pension systems -- was laudable. While I would not disclose any individual‘s personal records, as Attorney General, I‘ll place a high priority on the right to scrutinize the workings of state and local government. While I won‘t always agree with reporters about where to draw the line, I‘ll err on the side of disclosure.

Name:  Marc Allan Feldman – Libertarian Party
Address: 3169 Willow Lane, Beachwood, OH 44122
Biographical Information: http://www.feldmanforohio.com/Default.aspx?pageId=697317

QUESTION 1:  What enforcement areas do you view as your priorities?
Fight government corruption, protect the people from unconstitutional interference by the Federal Government, promote respect for the law, and promote the safety, security, and freedom of the people of Ohio.

QUESTION 2:  Are there additional responsibilities you would want added to the office of the Attorney General? If so, what would they be?
I would use the powers of the office to promote open-records policies and transparency.

QUESTION 3: What would you do to enforce Ohio’s sunshine laws and open-records policy, given increased difficulty in accessing public records? No Response


Name:  Robert Owens – Constitution Party
Address: 46 North Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015
Biographical Information:  http://owensforohio.com/about

QUESTION 1:  What enforcement areas do you view as your priorities?
I will focus on enforcement of the Ohio Constitution, especially in relation to government operations. I will defend Ohio families and small businesses against overreaching federal and state bureaucracy and unscrupulous organizations. This includes litigation to protect Ohio families from mandated federal healthcare schemes, protection of Ohio families and Ohio jobs from illegal immigration and ending pay to play politics in the Office of Ohio Attorney General.

QUESTION 2:  Are there additional responsibilities you would want added to the office of the Attorney General? If so, what would they be?
Government power needs to be reigned in, not expanded. I would seek to perform the functions of the Attorney General‘s office with a smaller, leaner staff, paying attention to proper fiscal management.

QUESTION 3:  What would you do to enforce Ohio’s sunshine laws and open-records policy, given increased difficulty in accessing public records?
I will work with government offices to help them with technical support to abide by Sunshine laws. At the same time, I will bring the full weight of my office against government agencies that refuse to abide by Ohio‘s sunshine laws in good faith. As I am not tied to the power structure of the two major parties, I have no favorites to protect but instead will truly be the champion for the people of Ohio.

State Auditor candidates


Michael Howard – Libertarian Party
Address: 656 Colony Drive, Westerville, OH 43081
Biographical Information: http://howardforauditor.com/meet-mike.html

QUESTION 1:  What would you do to enforce Ohio’s sunshine laws and open-records policy, given increased difficulty in accessing public records?
The Auditor of State used to have a unit devoted solely to educating officials about open records requirements, and that function will be continued. Officials should error on the side of transparency and full disclosure with the public‘s records. The Auditor also can and should monitor and comment on proposed laws and regulations pertaining to open records. The only enforcement the Auditor is reporting upon instances of violations of open records laws noted in audits.

QUESTION 2:  What are your priorities for the auditor’s office?
The highest priority is maintaining and expanding professionalism. The Auditor of State is one of the largest professional auditing groups in the State of Ohio; the taxpayers deserve to have a professional auditor. I would strengthen and expand to the extent possible the fraud audit function, and the advisory groups that actually help local and state governmental agencies, the Local Government Services group and the Performance Audit group. I would attempt to legally change the priority of the Auditor‘s office from routine financial and compliance audits, which would be more privatized, to performance audits emphasizing investigating governmental efficiency and results, including using comparative date from the private sector. I will be a full-time Auditor for the entire team, not running for some other office or putting political advisors on the State‘s payroll.

QUESTION 3:  How would you help local and state government agencies deal with the fiscal challenges they are facing today?
The Auditor of State is in the unique position of observing thousands of units of government, some operating efficiently and effectively, and some not. From that, best practices can be gleaned and disseminated widely to program and other managers. The Auditor also has a performance audit function that can be used to help specific entities develop more efficient ways of delivering services. However, it needs to expand its peer group comparisons to include private sector entities. The Auditor‘s Local Government Services group also should be expanded to render more effective and targeted management advice. Of course, routine audit results also may be used to show governments how they are using their resources currently and how they might be able to use them more efficiently.

QUESTION 4:  As a member of the Apportionment Board, what approaches would you support to ensure an open, fair and transparent process for redistricting?
After every decennial federal census, the Ohio Apportionment Board meets to realign Ohio General Assembly Districts. Whichever political party of the state‘s duopoly parties controls this board always gerrymanders these districts to arrogate to itself as much political power as possible, regardless of whether that benefits Ohio‘s citizens or not. That‘s why the districts are so misshapen and fail to meet the criteria I feel are necessary in creating such districts. I will vote for no apportionment plan that fails to meet the 3COM criteria: COMpact, COMpetitive, COMmonality of interests.  Compact means no more skinny little misshapen districts drawn to favor one duopoly party or the other. Competitive means that any candidate from any party, including Libertarians and other independents, have a roughly equal chance of representing citizens. Commonality of interest means that persons who share common values and interests are in the same district.

Name:  David Pepper – Democratic Party
Address: 407 Vine Street, PMB 185, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Biographical Information:  http://www.davidpepper.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1001

QUESTION 1:  What would you do to enforce Ohio’s sunshine laws and open-records policy, given increased difficulty in accessing public records?
Transparency has been a hallmark of my public service. I have pushed to make meetings, public work and spending as accessible as possible. And I was recognized by a local newspaper as the most transparent public official. The Auditor‘s office is uniquely situated to champion transparency, including strict adherence to sunshine and open-records laws. The most important step is to ensure that all officials know the details of both sunshine and public records laws, and why strict adherence to them is so important for open government. At the same time, the Auditor must inform citizens of their rights to open government, and their remedies if those rules are not followed. More broadly, the Auditor‘s role as a financial watchdog means that he/she should champion transparency in other ways. I will provide a user-friendly, open window into spending, results/performance, and other government work at all levels.

QUESTION 2:  What are your priorities for the auditor’s office?
The Auditor can play a key role in ensuring that Ohio competes in this tough 21st century economy. To compete, we need more effective, more efficient, less wasteful government. And we need to prioritize investments that attract and retain companies, jobs and a strong workforce.
As Auditor, my priorities will be to serve these ends by:  Eliminating waste, fraud and misuse of taxpayer dollars. Working with state and local governments to reduce costs. Making Ohio competitive for job growth by improving efficiency and reforming government.  This is exactly the record I have built. I have worked tirelessly to make government efficient, keep costs down, promote ethics and prioritize investments in long-term growth. As a result, we reduced County spending by $60 million, to the lowest level in more than a decade, while making investments to spur economic growth and create jobs.

QUESTION 3:  How would you help local and state government agencies deal with the fiscal challenges they are facing today?
Ohio‘s Auditor is well-positioned to help government at all levels save tax dollars through efficiencies and reforms.  I will take the approach we see from other State Auditors in the country: rooting out waste, fraud and abuse while championing performance audits, best practices reviews, cost-saving reforms such as shared services/consolidation, targeting efficiencies and benchmarking performance. In my years in public service, this is the work I’ve done. I have balanced budgets and made the tough choices that Mayors, Commissioners and Councilmembers are facing today. In Hamilton County, I pushed for ways to make government more efficient, share and consolidate services, keep costs down, and prioritize investments in long-term growth. As a result, we have reduced spending in the County by $60 million, to the lowest level in more than a decade, while making investments to spur economic growth and create jobs.

QUESTION 4:  As a member of the Apportionment Board, what approaches would you support to ensure an open, fair and transparent process for redistricting?
Ohio‘s system of elections is broken. The Apportionment Board, which draws the district lines every 10 years, has been used to cynically gerrymander election districts to create safe legislative seats, immune to the voter’s will. Take the State Senate. In the past two cycles - 2006 and 2008 = only one of thirty-three races fell within five points. One additional race fell within ten points. Two-thirds were determined by more than 20 points!  The result of such easy win districts are 1) politicians who don‘t face real elections and don‘t feel accountable to the voters and 2) government gridlock when politicians from one-sided districts can‘t work together.
Now, more than ever, Ohio voters deserve elections where their vote can make a difference. So I view the Auditor‘s seat on the Apportionment Board as a responsibility to create competitive districts that add accountability and that give voters a real choice in elections.

Name:  Dave Yost – Republican Party
Address: 832 South Fifth Street, Columbus, OH 43206
Biographical Information:  http://daveyost.com/about

QUESTION 1:  What would you do to enforce Ohio’s sunshine laws and open-records policy, given increased difficulty in accessing public records?
I would like to make public records easier to access online. Also, as State Auditor, I plan to root out corruption where it starts, before government officials have to worry about the public records.

QUESTION 2:  What are your priorities for the auditor’s office?
As I have done as county prosecutor, I will continue to root out corruption and waste. Clean government is my first priority. I will also comb over every part of the Ohio government looking for ways to save money and improve efficiency. consolidation is important. I‘ve also called for performance audits of all state agencies. We are facing a projected $8 million deficit in our next budget, and I believe the office of Auditor of State should have additional authority to review state agencies for efficiency.

QUESTION 3:  How would you help local and state government agencies deal with the fiscal challenges they are facing today?
I will ask the Ohio General Assembly to pass legislation that grants the Auditor of State explicit, statutory authority to initiate performance audits of all state agencies. We are facing a projected $8 million deficit in our next budget, and I believe the office of Auditor of State should have additional authority to review state agencies for efficiency.

QUESTION 4:  As a member of the Apportionment Board, what approaches would you support to ensure an open, fair and transparent process for redistricting?
I support compactness, maintaining communities of interest and competitiveness, each with equal weight. The goal should not be partisanship. When you approach it with those three principles in mind, it maximizes the voice of the voters.

Candidates for Secretary of State


Name:  Charles Earl- Libertarian Party
Address: 10232 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Phone: NA
Biographical Information:  http://www.earlforohio.com/

QUESTIONS:  N/A*
*Candidate Response was not received by publication deadline.


Name:  Jon Husted – Republican Party
Address: 148 Sherbrooke Drive, Kettering, OH 45429
Biographical Information:  http://www.hustedforohio.com/biography

QUESTION 1:  What election reforms do you support?
I am a co-sponsor of the election reforms in Senate Bill 8, which passed the Senate and is pending in the Ohio House. I have been actively involved in offering suggestions to bring compromise to the process so that broad-based bipartisan support can be developed to avoid the controversies from out-of-state influences that have undermined confidence in Ohio‘s system of elections. Additionally, I support establishing a one-time, bipartisan election advisory commission – made up of Republican and Democrat co-chairs – to gather information and make recommendations to the Secretary of State to provide stability to those on the frontlines of elections operations and ensure our state conducts elections in a manner in which we can all be proud.

QUESTION 2:  Do you believe the Secretary of State should avoid involvement in partisan politics and, if so, what steps would you take to accomplish this?
We must stop using the office of Secretary of State as a tool to gain partisan advantage in elections. This undermines confidence in elections, and if you cannot trust how you elect a government, the people of our state will not trust the manner in which we govern.  I will work with local boards of elections and others to provide leadership that builds trust and confidence in Ohio‘s system of elections and will create a culture in the Secretary of State‘s office where our goal is always to remember we are there to serve the public.

QUESTION 3:  How will you ensure fair, honest, and impartial election administration in Ohio?

Elections are not and should not be run from Columbus. Elections are run at the local level, and the job of Secretary of State is to provide help and guidance for local elections officials to ensure elections are run smoothly and with integrity. I will avoid using 11th hour directives that have undermined the trust and relationship between the Secretary of State and local boards of elections. I will act as a fair and timely arbiter as disputes arise – casting aside partisanship and utilizing law and rule to resolve ties and disagreements.

QUESTION 4:  Who do you believe are disenfranchised voters and how would you ensure their rights to vote?
For too long, many of our voting procedures, failed to recognize the unique logistical challenges faced by military personnel and other overseas voters. I am proud to be a part of an effort to rectify this situation in Ohio. Earlier this year, I introduced a resolution which urged Congress to support legislation that ensures military and overseas voters have the opportunity to register to vote and cast a ballot. Congress came through last fall by passing the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.  The legislature quickly took action to ensure Ohio is in compliance with the new provisions of the act. I supported the new law that allows military voters serving overseas to apply and return voter registrations electronically to the Secretary of State. Ensuring military voters have adequate time to receive and send back their ballots, the legislation requires ballots be available 45 days prior to Election Day.

QUESTION 5:   As a member of the Apportionment Board what approaches would you support to ensure an open, fair and transparent process for redistricting?
I have been a leader in changing the partisan system of redistricting that allows the politicians to pick the voters, rather than allowing the voters to elect their public officials. Redistricting reform will return elections to the accountability system they were intended to be. If we want our public officials to cast aside partisan goals in favor of bipartisan cooperation, we must do more than change the people in public office, we must change the system. By establishing more competitive districts, voters will be given a greater opportunity to voice their support or displeasure with their elected officials at the ballot box. If we want our public officials to cast aside partisan goals in favor of bipartisan cooperation, we must do more than change the people in office, we must change the system.

Name:  Maryellen O’Shaughnessy – Democratic Party
Address: 233 W. Poplar Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
Biographical Information:  http://maryellenforohio.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=5

QUESTION 1:  What election reforms do you support?
I support the elections reform package presented in H. B. 260. Legislators are continuing to work out a compromise measure, I and hope that a bill will move forward in order to continue to improve elections processes in Ohio. As Secretary of State, I look forward to working to: continue support of early in-person and by-mail voting; review and simplify vote-by-mail processes, to reduce error; explore and employ cost savings measures, in partnership with boards of elections, like voting centers and purchasing pools; continue to work toward more consistent application of poll worker training; continue to improve processes for poll worker recruitment; explore feasibility of online voter registration; continue to look for ways to securely employ new technologies; work toward better education on voting rights, followed by assured voter registration for high school seniors; simplify confusing voter ID laws; clarify use of and reduce reasons for provisional balloting.

QUESTION 2:   Do you believe the Secretary of State should avoid involvement in partisan politics and, if so, what steps would you take to accomplish this?

Yes, I do. There has been overtly partisan activity in the administrations of former Secretaries of State. I believe that such activities tend to undermine citizens’ trust in elections. I am a Democrat, and bring those values with me to the office. But upon election, the Secretary of State must work for all Ohioans to assure fair and trustworthy elections. As Chief Elections Officer, I will not endorse candidates or ballot issues, and will rely on the partnership, advice and guidance of bipartisan and nonpartisan elections specialists as I ensure that all qualified Ohio electors have access to a fair and trustworthy elections process. There are two important resources: the 88 county bipartisan boards of elections, and the current bipartisan Voting Rights Institute, both of which will bring a balanced point of view to the office. I will employ Republicans and Democrats in the office, to assure a balanced viewpoint.

QUESTION 3:  How will you ensure fair, honest, and impartial election administration in Ohio?
I will continue to build on the reforms put in place in recent years by our current Secretary of State. I will continue to work to enfranchise all qualified Ohio citizens, while taking a strong stand against any instance of voter fraud or suppression. I support doing a comprehensive review of the environment and related facts regarding allegations of voter fraud in Ohio, in order to create strong and effective policies that will address these issues. I support the use of post election audits to increase voter confidence in election outcomes and processes, and will look for ways to do this cost effectively.

QUESTION 4:  Who do you believe are disenfranchised voters and how would you ensure their rights to vote?

Unfortunately they are many and they have many faces. They range from those disaffected by negative campaigning and unresponsive elected officials, to the more generally recognized categories: young Ohioans, the poor, and homeless, the disabled, new Americans. We need to continue to educate Ohioans on the importance of the participation of all qualified electors in the process and give them opportunities to do so that are simple, easy to access, and secure. We need to continue to ensure that polling places and practices are accessible. We need to make sure that the provisional ballot and identification rules aren‘t used to disenfranchise voters. We also need to work with teachers to ensure that a strong civics education, including the history of the struggle for voting rights, is included in high school curricula, and assure that high school seniors are registered to vote.

QUESTION 5:  As a member of the Apportionment Board what approaches would you support to ensure an open, fair and transparent process for redistricting?
I was dismayed that a compromise effort to reform the process failed in the Ohio Legislature. In the wake of that failure, we now will elect and seat five Apportionment Board members to decide what the Ohio Legislature will look like for the next ten years, following the current set of rules. We need to commit to delivering on the spirit of the reforms brought forth, and have a process that is fair, and transparent, that includes citizen participation, that uses objective criteria to balance the state so no one political party has an unfair advantage, that results in competitive districts, keeps communities of interest together, strives toward compactness, and protects minority voting rights. There is no prohibition on employing these measures. I have pledged to do so, and as a member of the Board I will work to assure that such procedures will be followed.

Candidates for Treasurer

Name:  Kevin L. Boyce – Democratic Party
Address: 3184 Sophie Street, Columbus, OH 43219
Biographical Information:  http://kevinboyce.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=53

QUESTION 1:  What additional safeguards will you put in place to protect public investments? What are your investment strategies that would safely maximize the rate of return?
After becoming Treasurer, I made tough choices to protect Ohio‘s tax dollars while growing our revenue. First, I directed my administration to use private sector best practices that have earned $300 million in new investment income for Ohio. Second, I created a historic competitive bidding process for banking contracts that saved Ohioans $19 million. Third, I focused on cost savings, reducing Treasury expenses by 10.6% and taking two voluntary pay cuts myself.
Because of this sound financial management, the Ohio Treasury has not lost a single dime to bad investments in the worst economic times since the Great Depression.

QUESTION 2:  What would be your investment policy - to invest at a higher rate outside Ohio, or to support Ohio businesses, even though the return might be lower?
I invest in Ohio every day as Treasurer, helping to create and retain over 55,000 Ohio jobs.
The Ohio Revised Code provides discretion to invest up to 12% of our portfolio in Ohio through linked deposit programs, while the remaining 88% of our portfolio is invested almost exclusively in US government obligations. Using my authority, my GrowNOW staff work with banks across Ohio to help businesses get a better rate on their loans, investing almost $200 million in less than two years. We‘ve allocated over $200 million for Ohio family farms through AgLINK, a program that helps farmers with loans for their operating needs. We even empower residential homeowners to go green by making home energy efficiency updates more affordable with EcoLINK.

QUESTION 3:  What criteria would you use to select among equally qualified investment vehicles?
Challenges with toxic assets like Lehman Brothers should serve as a warning for all public servants. The second criteria would be the liquidity of the assets. Finally, we must ensure that, within the bounds of prudent fiscal management, we are maximizing the rate of return for Ohioans.  For 12% of our portfolio that may be invested in Ohio via link deposit authority, our foremost criterion remains safety of the public assets. Second, we look for the ability of the farmer, small business or, in the case of EcoLINK, household, to support the creation and retention of Ohio jobs. Finally, we continue to look for opportunities to grow our link deposit programs to serve even more Ohioans.


Name:  Matthew P. Cantrell – Libertarian Party
Address: 4968 Shady Oak Drive, Hilliard, OH 43026
Biographical Information: http://cantrellforohio.squarespace.com/about-me/

QUESTION 1: What additional safeguards will you put in place to protect public investments? What are your investment strategies that would safely maximize the rate of return?
I will recommend that state pension funds reduce the portion of non-investment grade securities, and mortgage related securities. I will also seek an independent review of all current and proposed hedging strategies to mitigate risk. Finally, I will recommend that our pension fund long term growth assumptions be reduced from the current 8.00% level, as some states have done. This conservative assumption will give Ohio additional flexibility in future decades if long term growth materializes higher than expected.  Regarding strategies to safely maximize rate of return, I believe that it is imperative for Ohio to continuously adapt its investments and strategies to changing market conditions. While it is certainly appropriate to have detailed procedures and laws guiding transactions on behalf of the public, we need to review whether these procedures are keeping Ohio from quickly exiting investments when necessary.

QUESTION 2:  What would be your investment policy - to invest at a higher rate outside Ohio, or to support Ohio businesses, even though the return might be lower?
The vast majority of Treasury assets are currently invested outside of Ohio, and a considerable portion of pension fund assets are invested outside of the United States. The Treasurer of State has a fiduciary and legal responsibility to properly invest taxpayer dollars while mitigating risk. I reject any proposal which compromises this responsibility, including an invest in Ohio initiative. Such an initiative will only benefit the politician seeking publicity, not the taxpayer.

QUESTION 3:  What criteria would you use to select among equally qualified investment vehicles?
I do not believe that it is possible for two investments to be equally qualified.  While two bonds may have the same credit rating, or two assets may have the same historical rate of return, this does not make the investments equally qualified.  There are an infinite number of  variables and factors to consider when analyzing such a decision. The challenge is being trained to see the big picture, to formulate a strategy, to be firm in the strategy, yet flexible enough to adapt when conditions or facts change.  For these reasons, I believe it is crucial for the Treasurer‘s office to perform independent modeling and research to compliment any third party analysis or ratings.


Name:  Josh Mandel – Republican Party
Address: 2112 Acacia Park Drive, #504, Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124
Biographical Information:  http://www.joshmandel.com/page/about-josh

QUESTION 1:  What additional safeguards will you put in place to protect public investments? What are your investment strategies that would safely maximize the rate of return?
Unlike the current officeholder, I will ensure that my staff is comprised of qualified financial professionals-rather than political cronies and friends-and that investment decisions are based on what is best for Ohioans. The state investment scandals showed us all that we must be vigilant about potential abuses of taxpayer dollars. I was involved with the reconstruction of the BWC Investment Fund in the wake of the scandal involving that fund. Being part of the BWC restructuring gives me the experience necessary to recognize that proper safeguards are in place to protect tax dollars and state funds.

QUESTION 2:  What would be your investment policy - to invest at a higher rate outside Ohio, or to support Ohio businesses, even though the return might be lower?
The Ohio Treasurer‘s office has tools to encourage business growth in Ohio that are not being properly utilized by the current officeholder. I plan to do a complete review of existing programs to identify ways to improve them, including an expansion of the linked deposit program in order to make capital more readily available for businesses and job creation. Additionally, I want to be an economic policy leader in creating a more business friendly tax and regulatory environment in Ohio. I will continue to fight for the consolidation of state government agencies, reducing the size of the state workforce, and eliminating unnecessary regulations and bureaucracy.

QUESTION 3:   What criteria would you use to select among equally qualified investment vehicles?
The State Treasurer‘s ultimate responsibility is to protect Ohio‘s public dollars. In doing so, the principles of Safety, Liquidity, Yield must be followed, and in that order. Given the current condition of the State‘s finances, only the safest investments can be made with the state‘s money, while keeping the portfolio liquid as needed. As State Treasurer, I will identify opportunities to make prudent investments to maximize returns while focusing on protecting public dollars and the ensuring appropriate liquidity is established.

Candidates for U.S. Senate

Name:  Eric W. Deaton – Constitution Party
Address: 1387 Crawford-Tom‘s Run Road, New Lebanon, OH 45345
Biographical Information:  http://www.deatonforsenate.com/about.html

QUESTION1:  What is the role of the federal government in regulating the private sector?
The federal government initially had limited power and resources to regulate private enterprise in our country. As our nation industrialized the need was found to regulate large companies that controlled the market through monopoly status. During WW2 we had a government that regulated nearly every aspect of our economy through the war powers act, but this control slowly subsided and deregulation prevailed for about 50 years. We now are on the upswing with the government taking control of healthcare and the financial markets to the detriment of free markets and competition that made our nation so great to begin with. Our government‘s role should be to simply protect the rights of the citizens and states as well as to provide for those things expressly granted to them within the U.S. Constitution. This model served a growing nation well and allowed us to be innovative and competitive in the global marketplace.

QUESTION 2:  How will you address the challenges and opportunities to the United States posed by unauthorized immigrants?
Our response to undocumented immigrants and to terrorism should be to close the border through fencing and enforcement. The second step of repatriating these people would be to prosecute those hiring them so that when they can‘t find employment, they‘ll go home. The last step would be to create a fair and regulated process to bring in migrant workers and allow legal immigrants to come, be documented and followed with some accountability. We‘ve required immigration since our nation‘s beginning due to our fast growing economy‘s need for workers. As a nation of immigrants we should have systems in place to reward those following the rules with the opportunities America has to offer. Immigration has made us a diverse and strong nation with many cultural flavors to enjoy and celebrate. I‘ll work to give us an immigration policy that‘s fair to Americans and to those called by our Beacon of Liberty.

QUESTION 3:  What specific functions of the federal government can be performed better by contracting with the private sector? What specific functions of the federal government should not be contracted out to the private sector?
The U.S. Postal Service is a good example of a government function that can be outsourced to the private sector, which has proven it can be profitable in delivering mail and packages. Other examples include National Park Services, Social Security processing and FEMA response initiatives. Defense and weapons development have for many years been contracted to private enterprise to develop and maintain equipment and systems successfully.  The military‘s core service personnel should always be government employees. There have been many problems where government contractors that provide security details in war zones have made bad decisions and caused damaging press and troubles in our nation‘s diplomacy. Combat and security details in a war zone should always be left to our soldiers who are under military command directly. Support operations such as water and fuel hauling, food preparation and equipment repairs can be contracted out when behind the lines in combat zones.

Name:  Lee Fisher – Democratic Party
Address: P.O. Box 1418, Columbus, OH 43216
Biographical Information:  http://www.fisherforohio.com/about_lee

QUESTION 1:  What is the role of the federal government in regulating the private sector?
Through this economic crisis, we have let Wall Street run out of control. As your Senator I am going to make Main Street – not Wall Street – my priority and will work to ensure that we never fall back into this economic ditch.  The government must create an environment for job creation, and I have a plan for creating jobs here in Ohio. I will end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and create a federal job creation tax credit for companies that create good jobs in America. I will redirect stimulus funds to projects immediately creating jobs. I will create a $30 billion small business loan fund, and I will double the tax deduction for small business start-up costs. I will also make the clean energy manufacturing tax credit permanent and extend the research and development tax credit to keep and create jobs in Ohio.

QUESTION 2:   How will you address the challenges and opportunities to the United States posed by unauthorized immigrants?
Our immigration system is broken. Politicians in Washington have let us down and instead of reforming the system they have used the issue to grandstand for political benefit. First, we must secure our borders. Then, we must crack down on corporations that knowingly hire illegal workers. Finally, we must provide a way for those illegally in the country to become legal if they learn English, pay a fine and go to the back of the line behind those who have attempted to become immigrants legally. I also believe that allowing skilled workers to bring their abilities to the U.S. and help American companies thrive is important - we don‘t want those skilled workers going to other countries to develop new technologies, new medicines and start new businesses when they can create new jobs and industries here in Ohio.

QUESTION 3:  What specific functions of the federal government can be performed better by contracting with the private sector? What specific functions of the federal government should not be contracted out to the private sector?
Social security is a contract between our government and hardworking Americans, and I promise to protect social security and fight any risky privatization schemes to gamble social security on the stock market.  With respect to the delivery of human services, non-profits are often better providers. I also believe that public-private partnerships are essential to economic growth.

Name:  Daniel H. La Botz – Socialist Party
Address: 3503 Middleton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
Biographical Information: http://danlabotz.com/about/biography/

QUESTION 1:  What is the role of the federal government in regulating the private sector?
Corporations today dominate our economy, society, culture and politics. The irresponsible actions of Massey Energy and BP make clear that we must regulate every aspect of the corporations and their greedy, selfish CEOs and boards. Finances, health and safety, labor relations, production, and products must all be regulated. Corporations have too much power and do too much damage. The oil companies, for example, have controlled our economy, thwarted attempts to create better environmental policies and taken the US into foreign wars for their profits. We must bring corporations under the ownership and control of the American people. We need to transform the corporations into socially-owned and managed firms within the context of a national economic and environmental plan. Why should a corporate board have the power to shutdown and ruin a community as DHL did in Wilmington? We the people together can do better than that.

QUESTION 2:   How will you address the challenges and opportunities to the United States posed by unauthorized immigrants?
Most of the 12 million undocumented people in the US came because they could not find work in their own countries that paid a living wage. Some U.S. corporations have gone to great lengths to lure workers and their families here, hiring them to work in their plants as factory workers and their offices as janitors. At the same time, the U.S. government has failed to make available enough visas for these workers, so that they must work under false names using false SS numbers. Many of these workers do not know English and do not know their labor rights. These corporate and governmental policies have permitted an inhumane and vicious exploitation of these workers. We must legalize all of the immigrants here now ASAP and give them residence and rights so that they can join with other workers in union campaigns to improve wages and benefits for all.

QUESTION 3:  What specific functions of the federal government can be performed better by contracting with the private sector? What specific functions of the federal government should not be contracted out to the private sector?
Contracting out is a shortsighted policy that destroys the integrity and capability of government agencies, weakens actual citizen and government control over agencies, and harms unions and workers, as well as consumers and the general public. Governments and private employers often contract out to non-union companies or companies that pay substandard wages. We see the results in the poor performance of U.S. government agencies weakened and sometimes corrupted by contracting out policies. Consider the consequences of the FDA contracting out food surveillance to private companies: outbreaks of E. coli and other diseases. We can also see the result of contracting out in military‘s hiring of private mercenaries such as Blackwater which engaged in irresponsible and criminal behavior both in the US and abroad. Contracting out often serves as the first step to privatization of government owned services such as schools and water. Contracting out undermines good government services.

Name:  Rob Portman- Republican Party
Address:  P.O. Box 39, Terrace Park, Ohio 45174
Biographical Information:  http://www.robportman.com/about-rob/

QUESTION 1:  What is the role of the federal government in regulating the private sector?
The federal government has a role in regulating private commerce to ensure that markets are fair and efficient. This demands a careful balance between appropriate federal regulation and the additional burdens on private enterprise. I believe there are areas that demand more regulation. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were allowed to straddle a regulatory border that allowed them to reap large profits while exposing the U.S. taxpayer to all the risk. However, these institutions were left out of the financial regulatory bill enacted this year, which was a missed opportunity for reform.
But all too often, Washington overreaches in it regulations. Washington is currently holding business hostage with the prospect of higher taxes, higher health care, and other regulatory burdens. The cost of this uncertainty amounts to over $1.8 trillion that businesses are holding back from investing – costing jobs at a time when we need them most.

QUESTION 2:  How will you address the challenges and opportunities to the United States posed by unauthorized immigrants?
The first priority of our immigration policy must be to enforce our immigration laws at the border and in the interior. This means adequate resources for border enforcement, but also doing more inside our own borders to ensure that those in our country illegally are not filling jobs that should be available to Americans. We must create a precise database for the mandatory verification of authorized workers and impose tougher sanctions on employers who break the rules.
But we must never forget that the United States owes its solid foundation to the hard work of generations of immigrants. We are strengthened by being a nation of immigrants. This means that we should keep the doors of America open to those who come legally and enrich our society and contribute to our economic prosperity while doing a better job enforcing our laws.

QUESTION 3: What specific functions of the federal government can be performed better by contracting with the private sector? What specific functions of the federal government should not be contracted out to the private sector?
Where possible, the federal government should leverage the efficiencies of the private sector to improve government performance at lower cost. This can be accomplished by contracting with businesses to deliver tailored services and provide subject matter expertise, through open and transparent contracting processes.
However, there are fundamental and inherent responsibilities of government that can only be fulfilled by individuals in positions of public trust. In matters of intelligence, national security, and law enforcement, , the need for the highest standards of accountability and fidelity to country necessitate calling on the service of individuals who ultimately serve their nation as government employees.

Name:  Michael Pryce - Independent Party
Address: 6534 Sherborne Lane,  Hudson, Ohio 44236
Biographical Information:  ttp://www.salzburgglobal.org/2009/includes/FacultyPopUp.cfm?IDSPECIAL_EVENT=2598&IDRecords=135696

QUESTIONS:  N/A*
*Candidate Response was not received by publication deadline.

Candidates for Supreme Court


Name:  Eric Brown
Address: 1480 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215
Biographical Information:  http://brownforohio.com/about

QUESTION 1:  How do you define “judicial independence,” and how important is it to our judicial system? What measures ensure an independent judiciary?
The General Assembly writes Ohio‘s laws and the Governor administers them, however the Supreme Court decides their meaning and how they will be applied to real-world situations.  Courts have responsibility to review laws to ensure they comport with the Ohio and United States Constitutions. This power of judicial review gives meaning to our system of checks and balances. Generally, the meaning of laws is unambiguous, but sometimes, given a particular set of facts, the meaning is not clear and must be discerned by various well-established rules of construction. In these cases, courts must provide an interpretation that makes sense, providing appropriate deference to the role of lawmakers and with an eye to providing justice. Courts must be and remain independent of the other branches of government, working cooperatively on administrative and fiscal matters, while vigilantly protecting judicial independence with respect to deciding cases.

QUESTION 2:  Would you recuse yourself if a party before you had made a significant judicial campaign expenditure toward your election? Please explain.
Disqualification of a judge is governed by the Code of Judicial Conduct, particularly Rule 2.11, by common sense, and by the imperative of providing fair and impartial justice. Comments to the rule specifically provide that public support or campaign contributions within the limits allowed by the rules do not disqualify a judge. Because the code substantially limits the amount of  campaign contributions, it is unlikely that a judicial candidate in Ohio will ever be disqualified for reasons of due process, as in Caperton. However unlikely, the issue could arise in connection with independent expenditures, and if so, disclosure and due process analysis would guide my decision.  Importantly, the rules provide for disclosure of information that might lead a judge to disqualify, and for reasons other than personal bias or prejudice, parties may independently waive disqualification. In close cases, I disclose information to best ensure fairness.

QUESTION 3:  What do you perceive to be the greatest obstacle to justice in Ohio?
Courts (and government) serve by consent of the people, which means that to provide justice, courts and judges must have the trust and confidence of the people they serve. Throughout my judicial career, I have worked to ensure that all persons who come to court are treated with respect and courtesy, that all persons have their matters considered fairly and impartially, and that every person leaves the court knowing that they have been heard. Achieving these goals also requires a commitment to diversity and equality, and I am determined to see the Ohio judicial system significantly improve. Throughout my career, I have been motivated primarily by public and community service, and by helping others. I believe that judges and lawyers should be engaged in their communities.


Name:  Maureen O’Connor
Address: 211 S. Fifth Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Biographical Information:  http://www.oconnorforchiefjustice.com/bio.php

QUESTION 1:   How do you define “judicial independence,” and how important is it to our judicial system? What measures ensure an independent judiciary?
Judicial independence is essential to our legal system and is its very foundation. It is being faithful to the “rule of law” without respect to persons, politics, or special interest groups. Only the public can ensure independence of the judiciary in an elected system by voting based on knowledge about the candidate, qualifications and record. Groups like the LWV play a crucial role in educating the voters with impartial material. The candidates‘ websites are also information rich sources.

QUESTION 2:  Would you recuse yourself if a party before you had made a significant judicial campaign expenditure toward your election? Please explain.
As long as the contribution is under the limits set by rule there is a presumption that there exists no conflict of interest. Because judicial candidates disclose all contributions on a regular basis, by law, by reporting to the Sec. of State there are no hidden contributions and all is available for public scrutiny. I recuse from cases in which I have a conflict by virtue of my previous positions or any other reason.

QUESTION 3:  What do you perceive to be the greatest obstacle to justice in Ohio?
I believe that there needs to be a method to bolster the confidence in the legal system among many of our citizens. It has nothing to do with politics or geography and has everything to do with the socio-economic factors.  Education, involvement and participation are ways to dispel false impressions of the judiciary and ways to encourage more people to become involved not only in the legal system but in government as a whole. There is room for all to participate. Being an educated voter about all races, not just the partisan or top of the ticket races, ensures that the rule of law guides our courts. Judges on all levels should be engaged in appropriate forums to let people know about the job of a judge. Without that T.V. Judges will continue to create a false image of our justice system.



Candidate for Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio

Term Commencing 1/1/11
Name:  Judith Ann Lanzinger
Address: 211 S. Fifth Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Biographical Information: http://jjudy.com/biography

QUESTION 1:  How do you define “judicial independence,” and how important is it to our judicial system? What measures ensure an independent judiciary?
Judicial independence, the foundation of the third branch of government, does not mean that judges may decide cases however they wish. It means that judges must adhere to the rule of law no matter how their decisions may be viewed by the public. Supreme Court justices and other judges, although elected by voters, cannot-represent any particular group or advocate any particular position. We are judges, not legislators or members of the executive branch. Our judicial oath says we must administer cases under the law, “without respect to persons.” This means that all parties to a case deserve to be heard and have their arguments considered by unbiased and impartial deciders.   Information and education helps citizens understand that an independent judiciary allows courts to be fair and strive to give equal access to justice under law.

QUESTION 2:  Would you recuse yourself if a party before you had made a significant judicial campaign expenditure toward your election? Please explain.
Under Ohio law, individuals (spouses, individual attorneys, etc) may contribute up to $3,450 to a Supreme Court candidate while political action committees and law firms may contribute up to $6,325. These limits, presumed to be reasonable, are followed, so there is no likelihood that a significant judicial campaign expenditure would prevent me from sitting on a case.  My record shows that I do not participate in any cases in which my children or son-in-law are counsel of record. I have recused myself from considering discretionary review of cases on which my opponent (an appellate judge) has written an opinion. I do not participate in an appeal if I have been a trial judge on the case. In short, I will recuse, sua sponte, when there is possibility that a reasonable person would believe I could not be impartial.

QUESTION 3:  What do you perceive to be the greatest obstacle to justice in Ohio?
When I taught in Moscow for the National Judicial College, former Soviet Union judges were amazed to be told that American courts have no army to enforce decisions, but because people believe in and respect our courts, they abide by their rulings. Since the rule of law depends on the belief and confidence of the public in an impartial and fair judiciary, I think that the greatest obstacle to justice is misperception and misunderstanding of the third branch of government. For that reason, in a non-political blog, http://justicejudy.blogspot.com I am currently writing about law, civics and the judicial system. The more people know about how judges work and how the courts actually function, the more interested they will be. And greater interest should make courts even better.


Term Commencing 1/1/11

Name:  Mary Jane Trapp
Address: 8445 Whispering Pines Drive, Russell Township, OH 44072
Biographical Information:  http://maryjanetrapp.com/about

QUESTION 1:  How do you define “judicial independence,” and how important is it to our judicial system? What measures ensure an independent judiciary?
The framers of our Constitution developed a system of government that would avoid the centralization of power in any one person or institution. The role of the judiciary is judicial review; to follow the rule of law and check abuses of that law by the executive and legislative branches. This concept is not written in the Constitution. It has been developed over time in the common law tradition through case law. Judges do not legislate. They should not create out of whole cloth laws that have been non-existent in the state. Ultimately though, judicial independence  means that it is the job of the court to be the chief interpreter and arbiter of the Constitution.  To ensure an impartial judiciary not influence by political or special interests we must look at proposals for reform which include consideration of public financing, wide distribution of League of Women Voters‘ informational voter guides, a stronger recusal rule, and increased objective qualifications for judges.

QUESTION 2:   Would you recuse yourself if a party before you had made a significant judicial campaign expenditure toward your election? Please explain.
I would recuse myself when there is a serious and objective risk of actual bias that arises when a party with a personal stake in a particular case had a significant and disproportionate influence in placing the judge on the case by raising funds or directing the judge‘s election campaign when the case was pending or imminent.  This is the standard set by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Massey Coal case.

QUESTION 3:  What do you perceive to be the greatest obstacle to justice in Ohio?
Assuring affordable and equal access to justice. In my travels as state bar President and now as an appellate judge, Ohioans tell me they want to have confidence in their courts. They want a fair and impartial justice system in which to resolve disputes and protect their rights. Ohioans facing barriers to access necessarily lose confidence in the judicial system. Moreover, as the late Chief Justice Moyer explained, The idea of a multiple-judge court certainly is that the process includes people of different backgrounds, different philosophies, different views on issues, and the perception of an all-Republican court is that we don‘t have that. We must meet the unmet legal needs of working families. The rule regulating how cases are tried, regulating the lawyers and judges, and regulating court operations must promote confidence in our judicial system, fair and impartial decision-making, and efficient, economical, and transparent operations.


Term Commencing 1/2/11
Name:  Paul Pfeifer
Address: 10 West Broad Street, Suite 2, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Running Unopposed
Biographical Information:  http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/SCO/justices/pfeifer/default.aspx

QUESTIONS:  N/A*
*Candidate Response was not received by publication deadline.

Candidates for State Board of Education District 2

Name:  Pam Haynam
Address:  4336 Tamworth Road, Sylvania, OH 43560
Education:  MBA University of Toledo.  BS in Applied Science, Miami University.
Attended Youngstown State, and Boardman HS.
Occupation:  President Haynam Consulting, thirty-three years business experience.
Training and Experience:  Elected 3 times to the Sylvania School Board. During tenure district improved from continuous improvement to excellent with distinction. Four revenue requests passed on the first attempt.

QUESTION 1:  What can the State Board of Education do to ensure that all school districts comply with Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools?
The best defense for the State Board to improve operating compliance is to offensively work together with their constituents, the State Superintendent of Schools, the Governor, and the Legislators to set policy and budgets that empower individual school board’s to educate Ohio’s children at the highest possible level while ensuring fiscal responsibility.

QUESTION 2:  What can the State Board of Education do to ensure that all community schools and nonpublic schools that accept state financial support (including vouchers) are accountable to the public?
The State Board of Education can set policy to ensure that along with public school district boards and personnel, community and non public school personnel and boards are trained in policy and budgetary processes. All available technologies should be used to relay in real time and/or record school board proceedings so that they are readily available to the public. Sunshine laws need to be updated to account for the readily available use of technology, including emails, texts, and other forms of technology.

QUESTION 3:  What can the State Board of Education do to ensure a public school funding system that provides a realistic level of state funding, which meets the educational needs of students?
The State Board of Education can facilitate at the state level to ensure that the governance of individual districts/schools is carried out at the lowest possible governmental level. Costs for essential educational mandates need to be analyzed and funding sources identified and level of individual district commitment determined in advance so that school districts can be accountable to their constitutes and build their communities and therefore the state of Ohio.

Candidate:  Joe Walter
Address:  3450 River Road, Toledo, OH 43614
Education:  BS University of Cincinnati, Magna Cum Laude.
Occupation: State of Ohio Representative, 47th District (Toledo)
Training and Experience:  Toledo Fire Department 1972-2002, Retired.  Director of Public Safety-City of Toledo, 2003-2006.  Director, Lucas County Emergency Management Agency 2008-2010.  Ohio House of Representatives-March 2010-present.

QUESTION 1:  What can the State Board of Education do to ensure that all school districts comply with Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools?
Require charter schools to meet the same requirements traditional public schools have.  Ohio has invested over $3 million into charter schools and their performance isn’t any better than traditional public schools.
QUESTION 2:  What can the State Board of Education do to ensure that all community schools and nonpublic schools that accept state financial support (including vouchers) are accountable to the public?
The State Board of Education can urge the General Assembly to pass legislation that would require for-profit entities to release financial information similar to the PASS form related to the operation of public schools.  Monitor the Ohio Department of Education’s enforcement of charter school accountability and laws.

QUESTION 3:  What can the State Board of Education do to ensure a public school funding system that provides a realistic level of state funding, which meets the educational needs of students?
The State Board of Education can listen to the recommendation of the School Funding Advisory Council and implement their recommendations.  The Board can support the Superintendent as the budget moves through the legislature.

Candidate:  Kathleen S. McGervey
Address:  2643 Joseph St, Avon, OH 44022
Information:  Candidate Response was not received by publication deadline.

Candidates for 6th District Court of Appeals Term beginning 2/9/11


Incumbent:  Yes, appointed
Name:  Judge Keila Cosme                                                    
Address:  One Constitution Avenue, Toledo OH 43604
Education:  Boston University:  B.A. - Political Science; B.A. – Sociology; Cleveland-Marshall College of Law:  Juris Doctor
Occupation:  Appellate Judge (Lucas, Wood, Williams, Fulton, Huron, Erie, Sandusky and Ottawa).
Qualifications:  I am the only candidate for the court of appeals with appellate judicial experience.   I review lower courts’ decisions from all 8 counties.  With over 15 years of experience in civil litigation, corporate law, business, and ERISA collections, I possess the analytical skills necessary for the Court of Appeals.

QUESTION:  How do you define “judicial independence,” and how important is it to our judicial system?  What measures ensure an independent judiciary?
Judicial independence is the cornerstone of the legitimacy of our judicial system.  It is freedom from bias and influence – purity in judgment.  Above all, judicial independence is the obligation to exercise judgment consistent with the law and free from political pressures or special interest groups.  As Alexander Hamilton stated in the Federalist Papers No. 78:  “It may truly be said to have neither Force nor Will, but merely Judgment.”  For some Judges, their character and ethics guarantee their independence, and it is easily corroborated by their record.  In addition, all expenditures impacting a judicial election should be subject to disclosure.


Incumbent:  No
Name:  Steve A. Yarbrough
Address:  Sylvania
Education: BBA, Marketing/Psychology, U. of Toledo; MBA, Marketing Management, U. of Toledo; JD, Law, U of Toledo.
Occupation:  Assigned Judge: 40 + Counties: Common Pleas Court: General Trial Division, Domestic Relations Division, Juvenile Division, Probate Division: Municipal Court. Mediator (Civil, Domestic Relations), Arbitrator, Private Judge.
Qualifications:  Serving as a judge for over 20 years: experience in all lower courts: Elected Domestic Relations Judge: Elected Common Pleas Judge: National Judicial College, Graduate: The Ohio State University, Dean Rogers ADR. Capital Law School, Domestic Mediation: Ohio Supreme Court,  Domestic Violence Mediation.

QUESTION:  How do you define “judicial independence,” and how important is it to our judicial system?  What measures ensure an independent judiciary?
This independence refers to the legal, ethical and moral responsibility of judges to decide cases fairly and impartially. Cases are to be decided on the facts and the law. Independence ignores special interests, does not fear retribution and is not beholding. However this independence must be constrained to apply the law rooted in the constitution or statutory text and may not be indulged to make new law. Judicial independence is a constitutional imperative. Without it the checks and balances designed into the three branches of our system of government are lost. As a consequence our most cherished constitutional freedoms are threatened.  Public confidence and trust hi the rule of law is likewise in jeopardy.  To ensure this independence the public should have full disclosure of campaign contributions, independent judicial performance review, and candidate qualification education.  Judges should be responsible for their positions to the electorate.

Candidate for 6th District Court of Appeals Term beginning 2/10/11


Term of Office:  6 years beginning 2/10/11
Incumbent:  yes  (unopposed)
Name:  Mark L. Pietrykowski
Address:   One Constitution Ave. Toledo, Ohio 43604
Education:  J.D. Ohio Northern University 1979, A.B. University of Notre Dame 1976
Occupation:  Judge Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals 1999-present
Qualifications: Toledo City Council 1985-1992 (Vice Mayor 1987-1989); Lucas County Commissioner 1992-1999; Attorney Manahan, Pietrykowski, Bamman and Delaney 1981-1999; Law Clerk U.S. Bankruptcy Court 1979-1981.

QUESTION:  How do you define “judicial independence,” and how important is it to our judicial system?  What measures ensure an independent judiciary?  No response.

 

Candidates for United States House of Representatives 5th District


Party:   Republican
Age:  54
Name:  Bob Latta
Address:  P.O. Box 106, Bowling Green, OH 43402
Occupation: member of Congress
Education:  University of Toledo College of Law, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green High School
Qualifications for Office:  Member of Congress 2007-present, member of Energy and Commerce Committee, Ohio House of Representatives 2001-2007, Ohio Senate 1997-2000, Wood County Commissioner 1991-1996, attorney at law.
Question:   Our country is looking at record budget deficits. What specific revenue increases would you recommend, and what program cuts would you recommend? I would not recommend any revenues increases, You do not raise taxes in the face of the recession the nation is enduring.  President Obama asked for a record $3.8 trillion budget for FY 2011 which would run a least a $1.5 trillion deficit.  We need to return to the spending levels of FY 2008 which had a baseline of $2.982 trillion.
Candidate for United States House of Representatives 5th District

Party:  Democratic
Name:  Caleb Finkenbiner
Address:  417 Holgate Ave., Defiance, OH 43512

Questionnaire not returned


Party:  Libertarian
Name:  Brian L. Smith
Address:  16890 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Questionnaire not returned

 

Candidates for State Representative 6th District

Party:  Republican
Name:  Randy Gardner
Age: 52
Address:  409 S. Mitchell Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Occupation: State Representative. Former school teacher.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s Degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University.
Qualifications: Education Legislator of the Year; Ohio Disabilities Council Legislator of the Year; Watchdog of the Treasury Award; BGSU Accomplished Graduate Award; Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Award.

QUESTION #1: In a time of state revenue shortfalls and increasing costs for state services, what are your suggestions for reconciling the budget?  Be specific.
I opposed the last state budget for many reasons, including new unnecessary education mandates, broken promises on library funding and disproportionate cuts to some primary and secondary schools. The state budget relied too heavily on one-time federal money, making next year’s deficit up to $8 billion, much bigger than it needed to be. Medicaid reform is essential. A zero-based budget approach is necessary for the entire budget to determine which programs and line items can be eliminated or significantly reduced. While reductions in many state departments and agencies will be required, the long term fiscal health of our state can be realized only with a stronger economy. The emphasis must be on a better jobs climate. My first job is to listen. Wood County citizens with ideas or questions about the budget may call me at the Statehouse (614-466-8104) or my home (419-352-1984).

QUESTION #2: With limited state dollars for education, what are your priorities for assuring a quality education for pre-K through 12 students?
Education at all levels (pre-K through 12th grade and higher education) has been a passion of mine. I’m pleased that in terms of education quality, Ohio has risen to 5th best in America according to Education Week magazine. We must give our local schools and teachers as much flexibility as possible to provide a quality education in these difficult economic times. The truth is the governor’s current state budget cut actual state aid to schools by nearly $500 million, forcing more school levies, while imposing new mandates that cost schools money. We should repeal every mandate in the last budget bill unless the state provides the money to comply, or pass House Bill 366, legislation I introduced to give local schools the authority to make this decision. We must maintain strong accountability standards and prioritize state support to every extent possible.

QUESTION #3: What specific steps would you propose or support to increase jobs in Ohio?
Nothing is more important than good jobs to Ohio’s future. The unemployment rate affects the state budget, which further impacts support for education, the pressure on local property taxes, and our ability to hold down tuition rates at our colleges and universities. Specific steps: 1. A complete review of all regulations and tax policies to determine whether they make Ohio less competitive versus other states. 2. Reform the Workers Compensation System – a more efficient system means a better chance to keep people employed in Ohio. 3. Reform the Ohio Department of Development. 4. Streamline and change Ohio’s job training and retraining efforts, toward better use of our vocational schools, career centers and community colleges. I pledge to continue to work in a bipartisan manner to promote jobs and economic development projects in Wood County as I have done over the years.

Party:  Democrat
Name:  Jackie Brown
Age:  47
Address:  316 Eleanor Ave, Rossford, Ohio 43460 – 1108
Occupation:  Small Business Owner
Education:  Continuous
Qualifications:  No response

QUESTION #1:  In a time of state revenue shortfalls and increasing costs for state services, what are your suggestions for reconciling the budget?  Be specific.
The first step to helping balance a budget is starting at the top! I personally will give back 10% of my pay in 2011 to help fund libraries and education. A bill in 2009 for this exact type of reduction was originally offered up, but lost momentum. I will still personally honor this request even though this measure did not pass. Serving on our school board, we have worked to be proactive by cutting nearly 5 million out of our budget, and still keeping full-time workers employed.  We need to take this same kind of approach when looking at the State budget, by weeding out funds for underutilized, ineffective or wasteful programs.

QUESTION #2:  With limited state dollars for education, what are your priorities for assuring a quality education for pre-K through 12 students?
Since 1997 the Ohio Supreme Court found it unconstitutional to tax homeowners for education, as of today there has not been a solution.  This is why I have a plan to fund education while  helping to take the burden off businesses and homeowners. This plan has two phases – one with Zero Ohio taxpayer dollars.  The first phase would enact a visitor’s tax. Over 50 percent of states already utilize this tax. You need only look at Florida to see how successful this plan is.  I have spoken with out-of-state visitors; they are happy to help kids receive an excellent education, and this project will help the state and our county to rebuild, make for a strong funding formula for education, while giving relief to homeowners, businesses and senior citizens during these hard economic times.

QUESTION #3:  What specific steps would you propose or support to increase jobs in Ohio?
We have reached record unemployment rates in Wood County of close to 13%.  By 2006 HB 66 went into effect. What was not looked into were the losses to education funding, and who would pay for it in the future, you the homeowner and business owners in the form of property tax. Also, State Representatives did not look into how the CAT tax would burden businesses by more than doubling their taxes, at times quadrupling these taxes, forcing businesses to leave Ohio in record numbers.  We hear state representatives talk about tax cuts, but when you increase fee’s and attach other taxes more then doubling what businesses originally paid, you hurt their businesses, and our economy.  We should reward businesses for staying in Ohio, NOT punish them, while aggressively looking for companies who will employee workers being able to make a sustainable living wage.

 

LEAGUE STATEMENT
Over fifty years ago, when the League of Women Voters of Bowling Green began, the members asked the editor of the Sentinel -Tribune if he would print a voter service guide if the League collected the information about candidates and issues. The League thanks David Miller, the current editor of the Sentinel-Tribune, for continuing the tradition of providing this service to the citizens of Wood County.
The League of Women Voters of Bowling Green plus the League of Women Voters of Ohio prepared the information for the Voter Service Guide for the Sentinel-Tribune and is responsible for the format and questions.  Each candidate was requested to complete a questionnaire and was limited to a specific number of words.  Candidate responses are printed without editing by the League.
The League of Women Voters of Bowling Green is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging active and informed participation of citizens in government.  The League does not endorse candidates for office.  The inclusion of candidate information is for the sole purpose of informing the public and does not imply League endorsement of any candidate or party.  The League does take positions on issues after careful study.
The president of the League is Roger Anderson and the Voter Service Director is Judy Knox.

FOR MORE ELECTION INFORMATION:

www.wcnet.org/~lwvbg – candidates and issues
www.lwvoh.org – state issues and candidates
www.co.wood.oh.us/BOE - election laws, dates, polling places

GENERAL ELECTION
NOVEMBER 2, 2010
POLLS OPEN:  6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT”

VOTING INFORMATION
In order to be eligible to vote in the November 2, 2010, General Election you must be registered to vote by October 4.
Ohio Residents:  If you are registered to vote anywhere in the state of Ohio and forget to notify the Board of Elections in writing of your current address by the October 4 deadline, you are still eligible to vote.  You may vote a provisional ballot at the Board of Elections during the 28 days immediately prior to and including Election Day, or on Election Day you may vote a provisional ballot at the polling location in the precinct in which you now reside.
When you vote a provisional ballot you must complete a form on the envelope in which the provisional ballot is placed and then you are allowed to vote.  Your ballot will then be sealed in the envelope. The Board of Elections will verify your voter registration at your previous address.  If voter registration is verified then the ballot will be tabulated when the Board of Elections completes the official count.
If you are not registered in the state of Ohio you will not be allowed to vote.  In the General Election on November 2, you do not need to declare a party affiliation in order to vote for candidates.
For more information you may contact the Wood County Board of Elections at 419-354-9120 or at the Board of Elections website, www.co.wood.oh.us/BOE. The website is a good source of information including how and where to register to vote, how to obtain an absentee ballot, a list of the candidates and issues that will be on the ballot, and a Voter Search feature where you can check if you are registered to vote in Wood County and locate your polling location.

WHAT TO TAKE TO THE POLLS

Voters must bring identification to the polls in order to verify identity.  Identification may include:  a current valid photo identification, a military identification, or a copy of a current utility bill including cell phone bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address, including from a public college or university.
If the voter’s current residence address is on the poll list but the address on their driver’s license or state ID is not current, the poll worker will record the drivers license/state ID number on the space provided and allow the voter to vote a regular ballot.  Voters may not use a document from the Board of Elections to verify identity.
Voters who do not provide one of these documents can vote by providing the last four digits of the voter’s social security number and by casting a provisional ballot.  Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a social security number, can vote a provisional ballot by signing an affirmation swearing to the voter’s identity under penalty of election falsification.

VOTER ELIGIBILITY

You are qualified to vote if:
You are a citizen of the United States
You are at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election
You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election
You are not in prison for a felony conviction or have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
You register to vote at least 30 days prior to an election.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot without giving a reason.  If you wish to have your ballots mailed to you, the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is noon on Saturday, October 30.  If you wish to vote absentee in the office of the Board of Elections, the deadline is 7:30 p.m., Monday, November 1. The absentee ballot request deadline in the case of medical emergencies is 3 p.m. on Election Day and you must be confined in a hospital.  A close relative may deliver and return your ballot if you request a ballot and state the relative’s name and relationship on the application, or representatives of the Board of Elections can deliver the ballot.
A written request for an absentee ballot must include:
Name and Wood County address
The election for which you are requesting a ballot, November 3, 2009
The address where you would like the ballot sent if other than your voting address
Date of Birth
Driver’s License Number or the last 4 digits of your social security number or a copy of a valid photo identification belonging to the applicant or an attached copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or some other government document showing the applicant’s name and address
Your signature
The request can be mailed to the Board of Elections, 1 Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, OH  43402, or faxed to the Board of Elections, 419-354-1730. All voted absentee ballots must be received at the Board of Elections office by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted, except for ballots mailed from out of the country, which will be counted if received 10 days after the election, if post-marked by Election Day. Ballots that are postmarked by the day before an election and received by our office within ten (10) days following an election can be counted. This law does not apply to any mail that is postmarked using a postage evidencing system, including a postage meter.

ARMED SERVICES VOTING
Persons serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces outside the State of Ohio may vote an armed services ballot if they otherwise meet the requirements for voting in Ohio.  Spouses and dependents may also vote by an armed services absentee ballot only if they left Ohio to be with the person serving military duty.
For more information contact the Wood County Board of Elections:  by phone, 419-354-9120 or on the web, www.co.wood.oh.us/BOE.  The Federal Voting Assistance Program is also a good source of information for voters who are overseas. FVAP may be contacted by telephone: 1-800-438-8683, by FAX: 1-800-368-8683 or at www.fvap.org.
To apply for an armed service absentee ballot, you, your spouse or a close relative may request the Board of Elections to mail a ballot to you.  Application may be made in person, by mail, or fax to 419-354-1730.  You must include the same information as any voter requesting an absentee ballot, but should include a statement that you are serving in the U.S. armed forces on active duty or are the spouse or dependent of a service member. You can find an application form on http://www.co.wood.oh.us/BOE.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 04 October 2010 09:00