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League of Women Voters of Marion, Ohio

2016
Voter
Guide
P.O. Box 752; Marion, Ohio 43301-0752

Presented by:

The Marion Star

GENERAL ELECTION IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016


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Women Voters of Marion, Ohio with
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Local Offices
MARION COUNTY COMMISSIONER

One to be elected for 1/2/17 term


Term: 4 years Salary: $61,215

KERR MURRAY

ADDRESS: 1065 Chaumont Dr., Marion, OH 43302


CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired
PARTY: Republican
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word
limit) Graduated Harding High School, attended Ohio State. 43 years
experience in the tele-communications field. Honorably discharged
Veteran, served in the US Army during Vietnam era.

QUESTION 1: What do you think are the three most important challenges facing
Marion County? (70 word limit)
1. Economic development is key to our success. Our leaders need to open pathways to business growth. I will open communication with business leaders and
encourage opportunities for our citizens. 2. Breaking the Cycle of Drugs in Marion.
Addiction must be addressed and by working with leaders, we will help this community heal and be a safer place. 3. Enhancing the importance of the family unit and
stressing the need for improving educational experiences for our youth.
QUESTION 2: What would you do if elected to make the county government more
efficient and effective? (70 word limit)
Improving our county government starts with good communication, as a new
county commissioner, I will work closely with the other government officials to enhance operational aspects of county government services. I will promote collaborative
efforts to save tax payer dollars, and be responsive to our citizens to improve customer
service. Most importantly, I will be there to do the job I am elected to.

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DAN RUSSELL
ADDRESS: 551 Uhler Rd., Marion, Oh. 43302
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Marion County Commissioner
PARTY: Democrat
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word

limit) Graduated Harding High School. Attended The Ohio State


University, 2 term County Commissioner. Serve on numerous boards & committees.
QUESTION 1: What do you think are the three most important challenges facing
Marion County? (70 word limit)
Opiate Addiction, Low high school graduation rates, lack of skilled workforce.
QUESTION 2: What would you do if elected to make the county government more
efficient and effective? (70 word limit)
In my previous terms I have been successful in working across party lines & across the
street (City Hall) to create efficiencies in government. Example: Combined 911 Dispatch.
Another example is the newly formed Land Bank.

MARION COUNTY COMMISSIONER


One to be elected for 1/3/17 term
Term: 4 years Salary: $61,215

ANDY APPELFELLER
ADDRESS: 859 Campbell Road, Marion, Ohio
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Marion County Commissioner
PARTY: Republican
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word

limit) Kenton High School, State Highway Patrol Academy, County


Commissioners Association of Ohio Training, Lifetime Farmer, Ohio
National Guard, Whirlpool, Marion Steel, State Trooper, County Commissioner
QUESTION 1: What do you think are the three most important challenges facing
Marion County? (70 word limit)
Get drugs out of Marion! Im committed here by serving on STAND (Stop and Take A
New Direction, formerly Opiate Task Force) with counselors, law enforcement officials, drug
disposal volunteers, and the courts. Keep students in school and train them for living
wage careers. I currently partner with school officials and students. Lets support current
businesses and bring opportunities here by continued work with economic development,
workers, and business leaders.
QUESTION 2: What would you do if elected to make the county government more
efficient and effective? (70 word limit)
Government is group effort. Everyone needs to get along and work together with mutual respect. Government is as efficient as we make it. After twenty-six years on the highway
patrol and sixteen years as a county commissioner, I have strong relationships with educators, business leaders, laborers, law enforcement, local officials, farmers, townships, the city,
villages, and state and federal representatives. I listen a lot, collaborate, and truly care about
people.

LYNN A. THOMAS
ADDRESS: 510 Eveningside Circle, Marion, Ohio 43302
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Candidate for Marion County Commis-

sioner.

PARTY: Democrat

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EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word limit) American College, Chief Deputy County Auditor, County Commissioner. Credit Bureau Manager, and
owned my own financial planning business. www.lynnthomasformarioncounty.com
QUESTION: What do you think are the three most important challenges facing
Marion County?: (70 word limit)
Having a trained workforce available that is skilled enough to meet the demands future
companies wanting to come to Marion County. We must be in a position to meet the demands. 2.Infrastructure-We must continue to maintain and upgrade our bridges, highways
and roads. 3. Safety Forces-We must continue to train, expand and support our safety
forces.
QUESTION 2: What would you do if elected to make the county government more
efficient and effective?(70 word limit)
Fiscal Responsibility: Making each department more accountable for their budget,
Increasing visibility of their spending to the commissioners office. Accessibility/Accountability of Government to the Community Increase communication with the community so
people know what departments exist with the county and when and how to use services
form each department.

MARION COUNTY PROSECUTING


ATTORNEY

One to be elected - Term: 4 years Salary: $127,563 without a private


practice; $71,300 with a private practice

WARREN TOM EDWARDS


ADDRESS: 4168 Caledonia Mud Pike, Caledonia, Marion County,

Ohio 43314

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Frank-

lin County

PARTY: (only if applicable to your office): INDEPENDENT


EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE (25 word limit):
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney since 2001, handling all levels of Felonies, Graduate
of Ohio State University College of Law, Capital University, and Marion Harding High
School
QUESTION 1: If elected Prosecuting Attorney, what will be the priorities for your
administration and identify what areas for improvement will you focus on, if any ?
(70 word limit)
My priorities will be to: Return real consequences to committing crime in Marion; Use
my experience prosecuting Columbus worst crimes to aggressively prosecute the crime
that has come to Marion from big cities, much of which is driven by the illegal drug trade;
Serve as a watchdog to alert the public when others in the system fail to protect our community; Act to deal with the backlog of blighted property.
QUESTION 2: Recently, Marion has seen both a dramatic increase in felony drug filings and opiate overdose deaths. To what do you attribute these dynamics and what
strategies would you support, both inside and outside the criminal justice system, to
address them? (70 word limit)
Marions increase in crime is attributable in large part to the current prosecutors plea
dealing. (Examples available at www.EdwardsForProsecutor.com) Marions Probation Department has more than tripled in size in just the past 4 years, leaving more felons on our
streets to commit crime. Criminals are emboldened when the deals they receive dont result
in real consequences. There is a right to a trial, not a deal. Change is needed.

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The Marion Star

MARK RUSSELL
ADDRESS: 1190 Blois Dr., Marion, Ohio 43302
CURRENT OCCUPATION: City Law Director / City Prosecutor
PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word


limit) Your elected City Prosecutor working for you 1996 - present
Assistant City Prosecutor 1992-1996 River Valley High School Ohio
University Ohio Northern
QUESTION 1: If elected Prosecuting Attorney, what will be the priorities for your
administration and identify what areas for improvement will you focus on, if any ?
(70 word limit)
Uncollected real estate taxes continue to increase. 2015 saw a new record of more
than 8.6 million dollars uncollected. 2011 through 2014 our current prosecutor filed ONLY
ONE tax collection case. 70 % of uncollected taxes are owed schools. The Star reported:
Marion County is one of the worst when it comes to collecting child support payments. In
both cases those of us who do pay have to pay even more. Law School
QUESTION 2: Recently, Marion has seen both a dramatic increase in felony drug
filings and opiate overdose deaths. To what do you attribute these dynamics and
what strategies would you support, both inside and outside the criminal justice
system, to address them? (70 word limit)
Our current county prosecutor has failed us: Marion County is now # 1 in Ohio for
burglaries and has been called Ohios Burglary capital. In contrast, I have a proven record
of: Evicting drug traffickers from our neighborhoods, convicting traffickers/addicts - forcing
them to treatment. As City Prosecutor, I have a greater than 99 % successful conviction rate
in theft cases. Vote for Mark Russell, I will fight for you.

BRENT W. YAGER
ADDRESS: 2984 Caledonia Northern Road, Caledonia, Ohio 43314
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Marion County Prosecuting Attorney
PARTY: Republican Party
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word

limit) Graduate of Marion Harding, Muskingum College, Case Western Reserve Law School, 33 years in private practice, Assistant Prosecutor in Marion,
Morrow County, Marion City, Magistrate
QUESTION 1: If elected Prosecuting Attorney, what will be the priorities for your
administration and identify what areas for improvement will you focus on, if any ?
(70 word limit)
Continue aggressive prosecution of felonies and provide competent civil representation to elected officials, offices, boards and townships. We have worked hard to increase the
felonies filed by 23%. We sent felons to prison at a rate 72% higher than the State average.
We spearheaded the formation of County Land Bank to deal with blighted properties. Over
40 tax foreclosures filed to collect delinquent taxes and utilize the Land Bank.
QUESTION 2: Recently, Marion has seen both a dramatic increase in felony drug
filings and opiate overdose deaths. To what do you attribute these dynamics and
what strategies would you support, both inside and outside the criminal justice
system, to address them? (70 word limit)
Increased cases are due to aggressive enforcement and prosecution. Opiate abuse
increased with the prescription of pain medications. These medications are very addictive/
expensive. People turn to heroin because it is cheaper. Were attacking opiate abuse by
offering treatment to addicts, that want treatment, and seeking stiffer sentences for drug
dealers. We participate in the STAND Opiate Task Force and other resources to provide
awareness, education and treatment.

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MARION COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS

One to be elected - Term: 4 years Salary: $66,002

JULIE M. KAGEL
ADDRESS: 4666 LaRue Prospect Rd. W., Marion, OH 43302
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Marion County Clerk of Courts
PARTY: Republican
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE (25 word limit):
23 years working in Clerks office with 17 years as Clerk of Courts.
1992 Associate Degree Paralegal Studies. 1997 Bachelor of Science
Degree Business Administration.
QUESTION 1: What are the primary responsibilities of the Clerk of Courts? (70 word
limit)
The Legal Division of the Clerks office is Keeper of the Records for Common Pleas
Court civil and felony criminal cases, and Court of Appeals cases for Marion County, including filing, docketing, indexing, and preserving all pleadings. Notary Commissions are
recorded in the office, and the office is a passport agent for the U.S. Department of State.
The Title Division is responsible for efficiently issuing motor vehicle and watercraft titles.
QUESTION 2: How will you speed the exchange of information between the Clerks
office and other governmental offices? (70 word limit)
I am currently working with our software provider to bring imaging to the Clerks office.
This will allow those offices we work closely with to view documents in real time versus
coming to the office to look at the Court file. This will not only increase efficiency but also
expedite justice for all parties involved while maintaining the security of Court documents
and public records.

KRIS KASOTIS
ADDRESS: 668 Concord Avenue Marion, OH 43302
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Student, The Ohio State University at

Marion

PARTY: Democratic
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word limit)

House of Hunan seven years, Marion Industrial Club program mailer


three years, Ohio State University Orientation leader three years, Associate degree,
Bachelor degree-December 2016.
QUESTION 1: What are the primary responsibilities of the Clerk of Courts? (70 word
limit)
Responsibilities of the Clerk of Courts include, securing all the filings for the Marion
County Court of Common Pleas. Preserving the entire documentation issued to & from
the courts by providing forms, receiving filings, and issuing certified court documents. The
Clerk of Courts additionally oversees the records search database, issues papers of court
appearances, administers vehicular titles, registers notary personal, and receives passport
applications.
QUESTION 2: How will you speed the exchange of information between the Clerks
office and other governmental offices? (70 word limit)
I will service judges and attorneys by expediting the filing and document retrieval
process via electronic forms and filing. To accomplish this I will administer a user-friendly
website for the publics access. I plan to add text message service to attorneys and jurors
for up-to-date court reminders. I will offer dedicated leadership skills, respectful customer
service to public and government officials, and accurately manage organization of the
(exceeded word limit)

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

TOM STOTTS

SCOTT BLOUGH

ADDRESS: 306 Spencer Street, Marion, Ohio 43302


CURRENT OCCUPATION: Chief Probation Officer, Marion Munici-

ADDRESS: 3305 Gooding Road Marion, Ohio 43302


CURRENT OCCUPATION: Executive Director of the Center for

pal Court

PARTY: Independent
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE (25 word
limit):

Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelors Degree in Public Safety Management,


served 11 years as Probation Officer/Investigator for Common Pleas Court.
QUESTION 1: What are the primary responsibilities of the Clerk of Courts? (70 word
limit):
The Clerk of Courts is the official record keeper for the Marion County Common Pleas
Court and the Third District Court of Appeals. Primary responsibilities include receiving,
docketing, indexing, certifying, and preserving the pleadings, court orders, and other legal
documents that are filed. The Clerk issues writs as summonses, subpoenas, warrants and executions. The Clerk is also responsible for issuing certificates of title for automobiles, boats,
and trailers.
QUESTION 2: How will you speed the exchange of information between the Clerks
office and other governmental offices? (70 word limit):
Information will be streamlined by implementing email communication, electronic
filing, and updated public records access. Deputy Clerks will be able to have direct communication with other government officials and general public by way of email communication. Attorneys will have direct access to the Clerks Office by submitting documents
through electronic filing. Everyone will have access to view and print filed documents
through the courts public record access.

MARION COUNTY SHERIFF

One to be elected - Term: 4 years Salary: $76,483

TIM BAILEY
ADDRESS: Marion Township
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Sheriff
PARTY: Democrat
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word limit)
Graduate Marion Technical College, 12 years Marion County Sheriff,
42 years law Enforcement Viet Nam Veteran Pilot, Scuba Diver, Crime
Scene Technician, Photography, Criminal Investigation, (exceeded word limit)
QUESTION 1: What training will you put in place to enable law enforcement officers to reduce tension in their encounters with the citizens they serve? With what
frequency will this training be conducted? (70 word limit)
The Sheriffs Office has practiced Community Policing for over 20 years with deputies
interacting with the public on a regular basis by partnering with citizens through such
programs as Neighborhood Watch, mentoring Explorer Scouts, Christmas with Kids, Seniors
Citizens Partnerships. Deputies are also encouraged to participate with citizens while off
duty through local clubs, organizations, and groups. Deputies are required to take a MINIMUM of 2 hours training per month.
QUESTION 2: What is the biggest need of the sheriffs department now and what
would you do to fulfill it? (70 word limit)
The Sheriffs Office experienced the layoff of 50% of the staff during the 2008 Recession
and a shortage of staff still exists. The biggest need is the return to full staff and the administration has worked consistently with the Board of Commissioners to encourage the use of
limited resources for public safety.

Cyber Defense & Forensics at Tiffin University Associate Professor of


Criminal Justice
PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word limit)

Masters Degree: Criminal Justice Administration Ohio Peace Officer Certification


Certified Digital Forensics Investigator 25 Years Law Enforcement / Criminal Justice
Experience
QUESTION 1: What training will you put in place to enable law enforcement officers
to reduce tension in their encounters with the citizens they serve? With what frequency will this training be conducted? (70 word limit)
Improving relationships with citizens will require training in deputy / citizen interactions. Deputies will be trained in cultural sensitivity so that they are better able to connect
with and make decisions when responding to calls for service. Marion County Deputy
Sheriffs will be trained to be approachable, explain what they are doing and why, and allow
individuals to discuss their concerns. This training will be conducted annually for every
employee.
QUESTION 2: What is the biggest need of the sheriffs department now and what
would you do to fulfill it? (70 word limit)
The biggest need at the Sheriffs Office is modern leadership. As Sheriff, I will bring
my passion for community problem solving to Sheriffs Office. I will work with education
professionals to ensure the safety of our children. I will establish a community task force,
which will include business leaders, to attack the heroin epidemic and make Marion County
a safer place for families and businesses.

RON SCHEIDERER
ADDRESS: 960 Bikini Drive Marion, Ohio 43302
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Private Investigator RSA Private Inves-

tigators, Ltd.
PARTY: Non-Partisan (Independent)

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word limit)

Graduate of National Sheriffs Institute Ohio Peace Officers Academy


Marion County Sheriff 8 years Licensed Private Investigator Numerous schools &
awards
QUESTION 1: What training will you put in place to enable law enforcement officers
to reduce tension in their encounters with the citizens they serve? With what frequency will this training be conducted? (70 word limit)
I received training at University of Southern California in Public Administration. As such,
I will implement in service training to all deputies concerning public interaction. Such training will mandatory for all personnel and be conducted annually. Also, all supervisors will be
required to be certified in CIT (crisis intervention training) above the minimum standards.
I will encourage all personnel to become active with local service clubs and community
activities.
QUESTION 2: What is the biggest need of the sheriffs department now and what
would you do to fulfill it? (70 word limit)
Leadership is the number one need of the department. Lack of leadership now exist
under the current Sheriff. I will be a working Sheriff and take charge of all operations. I will
not appoint a Chief Deputy, I will provide day to day leadership. The men and women of
the department desire, need and deserve a Sheriff who will lead them into solving the most
difficult problems of todays law enforcement community.

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The Marion Star

State Offices
OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
86TH DISTRICT
One to be elected - Term: 2 years Base Salary: $60,583

SCOTT CRIDER
ADDRESS: 278 East Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Sales Specialist
PARTY: Democratic
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 words)
Ohio State University Bachelor of Science, small design/contracting
business owner, non-profit organization development, sales professional, Marion City Councilman, real estate training
QUESTION 1: When the Legislature sets the state budget how should state money be
split between traditional public schools, charter schools, online schools, and nonpublic
schools (including vouchers)? What accountability standards should be required of
schools to receive state funds? (70 word limit)
The state budget formulation needs to be re-worked to return back funding such as
the corporate tax (CAT) that was re-routed away by our current Republican majority legislature negatively impacting school districts statewide. We need to reverse the free-fall of the
abysmal 39% graduation rate of charter schools and develop consistent standards that all
schools public and non-public follow supporting them with qualified teachers and staffing.
QUESTION 2: In 2015 Ohio voters passed a fair districting amendment to require state
legislative districts to be drawn more compact and non-partisan. What is your position
on extending these rules to US Congressional districts? (70 word limit)
Having over 70% of voters approving state redistricting it is evident the broad backing in
furthering efforts to expand with our U.S. Congressional districts which I would also support
but again with a voter-lead initiative. The new plan at least increases the minority partys
representation in the process. Current district maps reflect how the gerrymandered the
districts are adding to constituency confusion and effecting the representatives capacity.

DOROTHY PELANDA
ADDRESS: 18100 West Darby Road Marysville, OH 43040
OCCUPATION: State Representative
PARTY: Republican
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word limit)
law degree, University of Akron School of Law. Engaged in private
practice of law for 30 years before being appointed to the State Legis-

lature, 2011.
QUESTION 1: When the Legislature sets the state budget how should state money be
split between traditional public schools, charter schools, online schools, and nonpublic
schools (including vouchers)? What accountability standards should be required of
schools to receive state funds? (70 word limit)
With the recent passage of HB 2, designed to define and strengthen accountability standards for charter and online schools, Ohios non traditional public schools are held to some
of the highest accountability standards in the nation. The first set of evaluations under this
new law are forthcoming. Since money from local levies and property taxes stay with the
traditional school district, all public school students should be state- funded equally.
QUESTION 2: In 2015 Ohio voters passed a fair districting amendment to require state
legislative districts to be drawn more compact and non-partisan. What is your position
on extending these rules to US Congressional districts? (70 word limit)

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Let the new law regarding the drawing of state legislative districts be implemented before the State Legislature commits to drawing Congressional districts in the same manner.
Compacting districts, by itself, does not lead to fairer or more politically-balanced districts.
Finally, there should be accountability at election- time for those drawing the lines.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION


DISTRICT 1
One to be elected - Term: 4 years Salary: $32.02 per hour

TANYCE J. ADDISON
ADDRESS: 9808 Harding Hwy. W., LaRue, Ohio 43332
EDUCATION: Upper Sandusky High School; Studied Music Educa-

tion at The Ohio State University,


OCCUPATION: Teacher in the public school system; Church Choir
Director;
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Teacher for 30 + years: Elgin
Local Schools, Ridgedale Schools, Political Action Coordinator at Central OEA/NEA ; The
Ohio State University Marching Band TBDBITL
QUESTION: A bill passed in 2015 that will strengthen regulation of charter school across
the state. The new law requires in-depth financial and academic reporting from schools
and management organizations, stops charter school from switching to avoid getting
shut down, and prohibits poorly rated sponsors from opening new schools among other
provisions. Do you believe this legislation is sufficient? Why or why not? (350 word limit)
I applaud the Ohio Assembly for passing this much needed legislation in HB 2. This
is a step in the right direction for much needed transparency and accountability . But the
funding issue still needs to be reformed. Local school districts have the unfair burden to
subsidize the cost of students who transfer to charters because state funding is insufficient
to cover the full expense. This robs children in the local public districts of much needed
resources. We also need to speed up the process to close failing charter schools. Children
lose valuable learning opportunities because this process is too slow. Students having
more than one identification number if they attend a charter school presents the potential
for fraud and abuse. Charters need to be held at the same public records laws as any other
public entity. The investment in our childrens education must be truly focused on filling
their minds, not the pockets of the profiteers.

LINDA HAYCOCK

ADDRESS: 3358 Yakam Road, Lima. Ohio 45806


EDUCATION: B.S., Economics
OCCUPATION: Business Manager, Haycock Foot & Ankle Center
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Shawnee Local Board of Education,

8 years Legislative Liaison, 7 years President (current) and Vice-President Ohio School Boards Association Federal Relations Network, 3 years
Member of Board Member Cabinet, 3 years Professional Development
OSBA Master Board Member, 2015
QUESTION: A bill passed in 2015 that will strengthen regulation of charter school across
the state. The new law requires in-depth financial and academic reporting from schools
and management organizations, stops charter school from switching to avoid getting
shut down, and prohibits poorly rated sponsors from opening new schools among other
provisions. Do you believe this legislation is sufficient? Why or why not? (350 word limit)
Given the large amount of tax dollars the State of Ohio allocates to charter schools1
billion dollars ($1,000,000,000) annuallycharter school, sponsor, and operator accountability is imperative. Beyond the magnitude of funding, schools that use local tax dollars,
traditional public or charter, should thus be accountable to local taxpayers. For instance,
in the school district I have served for 8 years, $3.8 million in taxpayer dollars have been
redirected to charter schools over the past 10 yearsroughly the annual compensation
for 5 teachers. About 80% of Shawnees funds come from local tax dollars approved by

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voters for Shawnee Schools, not charter schools. Nevertheless, accountability in the charter
school sector has been insufficient and inconsistent, leaving use of tax dollars, student
performance, student attendance, teacher licensure, administrative costs, enrollment,
and qualifications of sponsors and operators unsupervised. In 2015, for instance, a study
found that among 5,800 organizations that received taxpayer funds in Ohio over the past
14 years, the 400 charter schools audited accounted for a full 70% of misspent money.
Perhaps most notably, David Hansen, ODEs school choice director, resigned last year after
it was revealed that he had excluded failing online charter schools from the evaluation of
charter school management organizations. After this mismanagement in Ohios charter
sector, reform understandably found a bipartisan audience among Ohioans dedicated to
fiscal responsibility. As a small business owner trained in economics, I heartily supported
and celebrated the passage of HB 2, the Ohio general assemblys historic, almost unanimous effort to reform charter school oversight. In order to restore Ohio to its former status
as a leader in education, the charter school reform movement that began with HB 2 must
continue. As a mother of four, I would work on the State Board of Education to ensure that
all Ohios children have the same opportunities I have enjoyed. Most importantly, we must
ensure that the tax dollars we spend on education in actuality prepare our children to be
the engaged citizens, legislators, physicians, educators, entrepreneurs, and innovators, as
well as to sustain a healthy, forward-looking society and economy.

MARTHA MANCHESTER
ADDRESS: 29249 State Route 385 Lakeview, OH 43331
EDUCATION: BS in Education from The Ohio State University
OCCUPATION: Managing Partner in Manchester Farms General

Partnership

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Former Teacher at Indian Lake


Schools, and substitute teacher at Waynesfield Goshen Schools, (all
subjects). Founder of Rainbow Nursery School. Released Time Program Coordinator at Waynesfield Goshen.
QUESTION: A bill was passed in 2015 that will strengthen regulation of charter schools
across the state. The new law requires in-depth financial and academic reporting from
schools and management organizations, stops charter schools from switching sponsors to avoid getting shut down, and prohibits poorly rated sponsors from opening new
schools, among other provisions. Do you believe this legislation is sufficient? Why or why
not? (350 word limit)
I believe it is critical for parents and students to have a choice in education. We must
protect that choice by ensuring that all educational alternatives are properly assessed for
academic rigor and financial stewardship. Millions of taxpayer dollars are spent to provide new opportunities in charter schools, and charter schools should be accountable to
parents, students and taxpayers. The 2015 Charter School Bill is a good start to providing
greater oversight and accountability in charter schools operations for taxpayers and parents alike. Educational choice is a continuing conversation that requires regular updates.
We cannot risk having our children lose out because the school they attend does not meet
high standards of quality education. Taxpayers need to have confidence in their investment, parents need to have confidence in their choice, and students need to have confidence in their success.

LILI VITALE

(CANDIDATE DID NOT RESPOND)

JUSTICE OF THE OHIO SUPREME COURT

term beginning 1-1-17 - One to be elected


Term: 6 years Salary $148,700

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PATRICK F. FISCHERS
RESIDENCE: Cincinnati, OH
OCCUPATION: Judge, Ohio First District Court of Appeals
EDUCATION: Undergraduate and J.D. from Harvard University,

graduated cum laude

WORK EXPERIENCE: Partner and Associate, Keating Muething &


Klekamp, Associate, Thompson & Knight, Law Clerk, U.S District Judge
William O. Bertelsman, E.D. Ky,
BAR ASSOCIATION RATINGS: Excellent, Cleveland Metro Bar Association
LIST YOUR JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE (COURTS AND YEARS) Judge of First
District Court of Appeals. 2010-present
QUESTION: Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have seen so much of the legal system and have so benefitted from that system. I
believe that I can be a fair and reasoned jurist for all. I believe I have the ability and desire
to make the judicial and legal system better than it is today. I can use all the abilities and
gifts I have been given to make it work. Not only have I tried many cases in Ohio, I tried
cases as far south as Texas, as far west as LA, and had oral arguments in the 2nd (NYC) and
10th circuits (Denver), and a win in the U.S. Supreme Court. My longest trial to jury verdict
was about 16 weeks and I have broad experience that I can bring to the court deep insight
and thoughtfulness. I am also a good listener, I grew up in a somewhat large family: 6 kids,
2 parents, and a grandmother, all 9 people at the table together for dinner. More importantly I was the second youngest and the older siblings and adults did not really care what
I thought. And with one parent a strong Democrat and one a strong Republican, I learned
to listen and to discern which arguments seemed best or strong. That ability helped me
greatly, both as a lawyer and especially as a judge. All parties want to be heard by the court
even if they lose the case. It is an ability essential to judicial quality. For much the same reason I grew up with an open mind and the ability to ask insightful questions, and generally
without putting off the party answering the question. I think that helps me to get to the
real issues in a case. By getting to the point sooner and more exactly, the parties get their
opinions sooner as well as in a better reasoned decision.

JOHN ODONNELL

(CANDIDATE DID NOT RESPOND)

JUSTICE OF THE OHIO SUPREME COURT

term beginning 1-2-17 - One to be elected


Term: 6 years Salary $148,700

PAT DEWINE
OFFICE: Ohio Supreme Court
RESIDENCE: Cincinnati, OH
OCCUPATION: Judge serving on the First District Court of Appeals
EDUCATION: J.D. The University of Michigan Law School
WORK EXPERIENCE: I am currently a judge on Ohios First District
Court of Appeals. At the request of the Chief Justice, I have sat by
designation on the Ohio Supreme Court. I previously served as a trial court judge on the
Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, where I heard both criminal and civil matters.
Prior to becoming a judge, I served my community as Hamilton County Commissioner and
also as a Cincinnati City Council Member. I was a practicing attorney for 13 years at Keating,
Muething & Klekamp, a leading private law firm in Cincinnati, where I handled a diverse
range of litigation matters, including appellate and constitutional matters. I am also an
adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati in both the College of Law and the College
of Arts and Sciences, teaching courses in Appellate Practices & Procedure to law students as
well as courses on Ohio Government
BAR ASSOCIATION RATINGS: (not provided by candidate)

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LIST YOUR JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE (COURTS AND YEARS)

1994 Graduated University of Michigan Law School (top 10% of class). 1995 1996
Clerk, the Honorable David A. Nelson, United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. 1996
2009 Of counsel, Keating, Muething & Klekamp. 2009 2012 Judge, Hamilton County
Court of Common Pleas. 2013 Present Judge, Ohio First District Court of Appeals.
QUESTION: Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have a strong commitment to public service and great respect for the significant role
our legal system plays in the daily lives of Ohioans. A legal system that is restrained, that
respects the other branches of government, and that ensures a fair interpretation and application of the law allows for a more stable and prosperous economy, the greatest protection of Ohio families, and makes Ohio a better place to live and work. This philosophy has
guided my judicial career, and I aspire to be on the Ohio Supreme Court because I believe I
can lend my voice and this philosophy to strengthen Ohios legal environment and improve
the lives of our citizens.

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THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS


FOR OHIO

term beginning 2/11/2017 - One to be elected


Term: 6 years Salary $138,800

RANDALL L. BASINGER

WILLIAM RAY ZIMMERMAN


OCCUPATION: Common Pleas Judge, Shelby County Ohio (Probate and Juvenile Divisions)
EDUCATION: J.D.Ohio Northern School of Law (1979)
WORK EXPERIENCE: Attorney at law 1979-2008
BAR ASSOCIATION RATINGS: Shelby County (Ohio) Bar Association]

CYNTHIA W. RICE
OFFICE: Ohio Supreme Court
RESIDENCE: Brookfield, OH
OCCUPATION: Judge
EDUCATION: J.D. University of Akron, B.S. Purdue University
WORK EXPERIENCE: Judge, Eleventh District Court of Appeals,

2003 Present Presiding/Administrative Judge 2007 and 2016 United


States Attorneys Office, 1999 2001 Assistant United States Attorney, General Crimes
Division, Special Assistant United States Attorney, 1997 1999 Trumbull County Prosecutors Office, 1991 1999 First Assistant, Criminal Division Chief Counsel, Mahoning Valley
Law Enforcement Task Force Criminal Administrator Chief Counsel, Drug Prosecution Unit .
Private Practice, Rice Law Offices, 1989 1993.
BAR ASSOCIATION RATINGS: Highly Recommended by the Ohio State Bar Association
LIST YOUR JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE (COURTS AND YEARS): Judge, Eleventh District Court of Appeals, 2003 Present Presiding/Administrative Judge 2007 and 2016
QUESTION: Why are you running for this particular court seat?
The role of Associate Justice goes beyond the courtroom. In addition to hearing cases
of significant importance to the citizens of Ohio, Justices are leaders of the entire judiciary
in the state. I would welcome the responsibility that accompanies this leadership role. In
the past, many justices have developed projects that can positively impact the judicial process. I would like to utilize my experiences as a drug prosecutor to address the increasing
problem with drug and heroin addiction. As Co-Chair of the Criminal Law and Procedure
Committee, I have seen recent legislation designed to react to the significant rise in drug
deaths. I believe we need to do more than react to the growing drug problem. Twenty-five
years ago, I established and directed the Trumbull County Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit
targeting violations of drug laws regulating the ethical distribution of drugs by pharmacists, doctors, and other professionals. I was appointed Mahoning County Special Prosecutor to prosecute the Mahoning County Coroner on drug trafficking charges. We knew in the
early 1990s, one third of drugs used illegally were prescription drugs. The Pharmaceutical
Diversion Unit was designed to address this problem We are now seeing the consequences
of flagrant opioid use and the inevitable move to heroin. I would like to spearhead a project
to specifically address this aspect of the heroin epidemic. As a Justice on the Ohio Supreme
Court, I would be able to contribute my experiences to help identify better ways to direct
our resources to reduce this public health crisis. I also believe my legal experience can be
an asset to the court. The majority of my legal practice prior to taking the bench was as a
state and federal prosecutor. Presently, none of the current justices have an extensive background in criminal law and procedure. During my service on the appellate bench, I have
been able to contribute insight into nuances of criminal procedure that have assisted our
court in delivering sound, well-reasoned opinions. Having practiced as an Assistant United
States Attorney, I am more familiar with differences between state and federal criminal
law. This enables me to better determine how U.S. Supreme Court decisions that address
federal cases affect Ohios criminal justice system.

(Candidate did not respond)

LIST YOUR JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE (COURTS AND YEARS): 2009-present


Shelby County Common Pleas Court, Probate and Juvenile Division (elected 2008 and
re-elected in 2014) *I have also served as a faculty member with the Ohio Judicial College
(Division of the Ohio Supreme Court) since 2012. The Judicial College is responsible for the
education and training of Ohio judges.
QUESTION: Why are you running for this particular court seat?
My 37 years of experience as an attorney, the last seven of which as a Judge, provides
me with the necessary working knowledge of the law required of an appeals judge. I have
very good writing skills and am well versed in criminal and family law, which comprises
nearly 50% of the work load in the Court of Appeals. Project Partners: Chief Justice Maureen OConnor Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron The Ohio
State Bar Association The League of Women Voters of Ohio The Ohio Newspaper Association The Ohio Association of Broadcasters

Federal Offices
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Term: 4 years

Base Salary $400,000 per year

NOTE: Candidates who met the following criteria were invited to participate in this

guide.
1. The candidate must have made a public announcement of her/his intention to run for
her/his Partys nomination for President; and,
2. The candidate must meet the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Acts minimum
contribution threshold requirements for qualifying for matching funds, based on the most
recent data publicly available on the FEC website.
3. The candidate must qualify for the ballot in enough states to win a majority of electoral
votes.

HILLARY CLINTON (Democrat)

FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE


CAMPAIGN ADDRESS: Hillary for America, PO Box 5256 New York,
NY 10185
PERSONAL STATEMENT: Im running for President to make a difference in the lives of all Americans. Ill build an economy that works for
everyone, continue my fight for children and families, and work to keep
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facebecause were stronger together.


Top Three Goals: 1. Grow and strengthen our economy. 2. Curb the outsized influence of
big money in American politics. 3. Ensure we have the partnerships to keep our country safe.
What will you do to support a vibrant economy across the U.S.?
My first priority will be to grow and strengthen our economy. I will invest in good-paying
jobs, expand access to higher education, encourage companies to follow policies that put
families first, and fight so that everyone pays their fair share. Every American deserves a
good job, a successful career, and a productive life. Together, these efforts will work to
make that a reality.
What, if any, actions will you support to create a pathway to citizenship?
In my first 100 days, I will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. An estimated nine million lawful permanent residents are eligible to become U.S.
citizens. As President, I will work to expand fee waivers and enhance outreach, so that more
of the working poor can assume the full rights and responsibilities of becoming U.S. citizens.
What should government do to provide an equitable, quality public education
for all children pre-K through grade 12?
Every child deserves a high-quality education. I will double our investments in Early Head
Start programs and ensure every 4-year old has access to high-quality preschool. I will do
more to support our teachers, modernize our classrooms, and support STEM programs
so that all public school students can learn computer science. We must give children the
foundation to succeed, from pre-K to grade 12.
What actions would you support the U.S. undertake to protect its interests
abroad?
The U.S. needs to exercise leadership and shape global events rather than be shaped by
them. So many of our interestsour security, our economy, and our fight against climate
changerequire cooperation with our friends and allies, and with countries we may agree
with on some things, and disagree with on others. As President, Ill ensure our country
remains a source of leadership around the world.
What kinds of policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all
Americans?
Too many Americans still face discrimination and mistreatment. I will fight to break down
barriers and build ladders of opportunity. We will reform our criminal justice system,
protect transgender individuals, defend voting rights, fight environmental injustice, fight
for comprehensive immigration reform, end the epidemic of gun violence, and ensure the
citizens of Puerto Rico are treated equally.

GARY JOHNSON (Libertarian)

FORMER TWO-TERM GOVERNOR OF NEW MEXICO


CAMPAIGN ADDRESS: PO Box 4422, Salt Lake City, UT 84110
PERSONAL STATEMENT: I am Governor Gary Johnson and along
with my running mate Governor William Weld we are honored to accept
the invitation of the League of Women Voters to participate in their
efforts to inform the voting American public of all options available to
them during this Presidential election year.
Top Three Goals: Provide Congress a balanced budget within the first 100 days of office;
Reduce (and in some cases eliminate) our military footprint abroad; Liberalize trade and
economic activity.
What will you do to support a vibrant economy across the U.S.?
Submit to Congress a balanced budget to provide a template to stop unsustainable growth
of the national debt, debt that weighs on employers, entrepreneurs and the economy.
Support a simpler, fairer tax code that wont penalize productivity or investment. Fight to
provide certainty in spending, taxes, and regulation so employers, entrepreneurs and investors make decisions that put people to work.
What, if any, actions will you support to create a pathway to citizenship?
Ensure a pathway to citizenship for deserving immigrants by first establishing a way for
non-criminal undocumented immigrants to achieve documented status. After that crucial
first step, the pathway to citizenship will be the same as it is for all immigrants. No cutting
the line. No unfair advantages. Just a legal status that allows immigrants to pursue the
traditional path to becoming a citizen.

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What should government do to provide an equitable, quality public education


for all children pre-K through grade 12?
Education works best when decentralized. Since President Carter created the Dept. of
Education, test scores have stagnated despite any new initiatives or spending programs.
Parents and teachers make the best decisions for students, not bureaucrats at the DoE. Education is traditionally a state and local responsibility, and should remain so for innovation,
best practices and even competition.
What actions would you support the U.S. undertake to protect its interests
abroad?
Above all, we must maintain a national defense that is second to none. Governments first
responsibility is to protect us from threats abroad. If attacked, we respond. Our greatest assets are economy and culture. Blue jeans and computers did more to win the Cold War than
stockpiled warheads. I will pursue vigorous diplomacy based on our economic might, not
idle threats and military interventions.
What kinds of policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all
Americans?
I would do everything in the Presidencys power to end the militarization of the police. I
would end the failed drug war, which unfairly targets communities of color. I would use the
powers of the Federal Government to protect the civil liberties of all Americans, aggressively enforcing 14th Amendment protections. I would continue the work to help all Americans
to achieve equality of opportunity.

JILL STEIN (Green)

PHYSICIAN
CAMPAIGN ADDRESS: 318 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
PERSONAL STATEMENT: After a career in clinical medicine, I am now
practicing political medicine, running for President to help heal our
ailing nation. Your vote for me sends a clear signal that you want a new,
principled politics that puts people, planet and peace over profit.
Top Three Goals: 1. Green job-creation to fight climate change. 2. A
fair economy that eliminates unemployment 3. Justice, true democracy, and respect for all
human beings.
What will you do to support a vibrant economy across the U.S.?
Eliminate unemployment by creating a job for every American who needs work. Repeal
NAFTA and other trade agreements that export our jobs overseas and create immigration
surges. Create 20 million green jobs to stimulate the economy improving our health by
cleaning up our land, air, and water. Protect consumers and small businesses from big
banks and Wall Street predators.
What, if any, actions will you support to create a pathway to citizenship?
First, end the massive deportation schemes that have torn families apart. I would also end
the so-called Secure Communities program that has led to abuse of both citizens and
non-citizens. End the misguided free trade agreements and regime change wars that have
forced people to emigrate for their own survival. Finally, provide a welcoming and legal
path to citizenship for current immigrants.
What should government do to provide an equitable, quality public education
for all children pre-K through grade 12?
1) Protect our public schools from privatization schemes that will inevitably undermine the
American dream of quality public education for all.
2) Increase federal funding of public schools to make sure all school districts have the financial resources they need to provide quality education.
3) Ensure that kids come to school ready to learn: healthy, nourished, and secure.
What actions would you support the U.S. undertake to protect its interests
abroad?
Forge a new foreign policy based solidly on diplomacy, international law, respect for human rights, and consistent nonviolent support for democratic movements around the
world. End the misguided policies of militarism that have produced terrorist organizations,
refugee crises, failed states, and a bloated military that we can no longer afford.
What kinds of policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all
Americans?
My plan to end unemployment will transform the economic life of low income communi-

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ties that are now struggling with unemployment rates two or three times the national
average. Coupled with my commitment to quality public schools and community empowerment, we can not just lessen racial disparity, but bring it to an end.

DONALD TRUMP (Republican)

BUSINESSMAN
CAMPAIGN ADDRESS: Donald J. Trump for President, INC 725 Fifth
Ave New York, NY 10022
PERSONAL STATEMENT: The government of the US should be focused on serving the people of this great nation, not special interests. The
government now rules rather than governs. The American people want
their government back and together we will make America great again.
Top Three Goals Secure our nation by restoring our leadership in the world; restore economic growth thru tax, trade, immigration, & energy reform; restore Constitutional limits
on government.
What will you do to support a vibrant economy across the U.S.?
I have proposed tax, trade, energy and immigration reforms that will bring trillions of dollars and millions of jobs back to the United States. Through immigration reform, we will
restore wage growth and reduce the related fiscal burdens on state and local governments.
These reforms will help lift wages and will create opportunities for millions of Americans to
get back in the workforce.
What, if any, actions will you support to create a pathway to citizenship?
We must re-establish the rule of law in this country. Criminal illegal immigrants will be
deported. No one should be given the gift of U.S. citizenship based on illegal behavior.
What should government do to provide an equitable, quality public education
for all children pre-K through grade 12?
My administration will provide states with incentives to increase school choice options for
parents and local school districts. Allowing the entrenched Washington education establishment and federal bureaucrats to leverage federal funds to dictate educational practices,
curriculum and outcomes must be stopped. Control of K-12 education must be returned to
parents and citizens locally.
What actions would you support the U.S. undertake to protect its interests
abroad?
We are the leader of the free world - whether we like it or not - and we must ensure we seek
partners willing to make sure our national interests are defended. We only gain this respect
from both adversaries and allies by having a strong military, being clear about defeating
radical Islam, & stopping rogue nations from attacking/threatening our citizens, economic
interests, resources and allies.
What kinds of policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all
Americans?
The best way to ensure social & racial justice is to return Constitutional limits on government & appoint Supreme Court Justices who will defend the Constitution, not rewrite it.
The President must provide leadership & make sure the government works for the people.
We must ensure low income & minority children learn to read at grade level & not trap
them in failing schools based on zip code.

US SENATOR FROM OHIO

One to be elected - Term of office 6 years Salary: $174,000

JOSEPH DEMARE
PARTY: Green
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Machinist
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Education BA English, MS Eng-

lish Education

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: NOT a professional politician,


Machinist, Teacher, ASL Interpreter, Writer, Environmentalist, Green

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QUESTION: Explain why you do or do not think the US Congress should address the
influence of money in politics, especially in light of the US Supreme Court decision in
Citizens United.
It must. Money has destroyed our political process. Instead of debating issues, the
ordinary Parties mainly compete to see who can raise more money. The Citizens United (CU)
decision made it legal for corporations to bribe and blackmail politicians. Green Party candidates refuse to take money from corporations or corporate PACs. We believe corporations
are NOT people and money is NOT speech. The Supreme Court is out of control and needs to
be reigned in by the Congress. CU is just one of many decisions favoring corporations over
people, profits over protecting the Earth, and limiting our rights to free speech and assembly. In 2000, the Supreme Court awarded the Presidency to George Bush, even though the
full, final recount in Florida showed that Al Gore had won the election. The Democrat controlled Senate supported the Court, ratifying the election and failing in its role as a check on
the Courts power. As a Senator, I will restore our political process by reigning in the Court.

THOMAS W. CONNERS (Independent) Did not respond


ROB PORTMAN (Republican) Did not respond
SCOTT A. RUPERT (Independent) Did not respond
TED STRICKLAND
PARTY: Democrat
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Education BA, Asbury College

1963, Ph.D in counseling psychology 1980.


TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: I served as U.S. Representative for
12 years. I served as Ohios governor from 2007 to 2011.
QUESTION: Explain why you do or do not think the US Congress
should address the influence of money in politics, especially in light of the US Supreme Court decision in Citizens United.
The Supreme Courts Citizens United decision opened the doors to unlimited dark money and for millionaires and billionaires to try and buy elections for themselves. It undermines
our democracy and rightly makes people even more frustrated with politics. It has created a
rigged system where the Washington establishment and the wealthy special interests spend
millions to elect those like Senator Portman who are pushing their agenda at our expense.
In the U.S. Senate, I will work to overturn Citizens United so that to our country cannot be
bought and sold, and Ill support additional campaign finance reforms to increase transparency and accountability in campaign donations and spending. I will also support Supreme
Court judges that will put our democracy before the interests of corporate billionaires.

REPRESENTATIVE TO US CONGRESS
DISTRICT 4
One to be elected - Term: 2 years - Salary: $174,000

JANET GARRETT
ADDRESS: 208 Eastern Ave., Oberlin, Ohio 44074
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Candidate
PARTY: Democrat
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (25 word limit)
I have Bachelors Degree and Masters Degrees, from Kent State University. I served in the Peace Corps, taught for 35 year and was on the
(exceeded word limit)
QUESTION 1: What should the federal governments top three priorities be in set-

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ting a sound energy policy? (75 word limit)


1 - Provide strong incentives for energy companies, state and local governments, corporations and individuals to reduce pollution through conservation of energy and natural
resources. 2 - Strengthen Federal Government oversight and regulation of any energy producer that pollutes our air, water or land. 3 - Provide re-training and assistance for individuals such as coal and fossil fuel workers who will need to adapt to the loss of jobs in affected
sectors.
QUESTION 2: Explain why you do or do not believe that the federal government
should ensure that every American has health coverage. How will you work to promote your position? (75 word limit)
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness is guaranteed by our Constitution. The Federal
Government has a constitutional and moral obligation to ensure all citizens have access to
competent, affordable healthcare. This could be done through expansion of the ACA and
conversion to single payer. If elected, I will work every day to make sure every citizen is able
to access the care they need, when they need it without having to sacrifice basic necessities.

JIM JORDAN
ADDRESS: 1709 S. State Route 560, Urbana OH 43078
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Representative, 4th District
PARTY: Republican
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE (25 word limit)
B.S. Economics, University of Wisconsin M.A. Education The Ohio State
University J.D. Capital University Law School State Representative
(1995-2000) State Senator (2001-2006) U.S. Representative (2007-present)
QUESTION 1: What should the federal governments top three priorities be in setting a sound energy policy? (75 word limit)
The federal government should (a) promote American energy independence and (b)
help the American economy by ensuring safe, reliable and inexpensive sources of energy
for consumers. The first step in achieving these goals is to reverse the Obama Administrations war on fossil fuels that has both threatened jobs and hurt consumers in Ohio. The next
step is to encourage new fossil fuel exploration while promoting market-based solutions for
renewable energy production.
QUESTION 2: Explain why you do or do not believe that the federal government
should ensure that every American has health coverage. How will you work to promote your position? (75 word limit)
Every American deserves affordable health insurance and access to high quality, affordable health care. The first step to achieving this goal is to repeal Obamacare which has
decreased patient choice, decreased the quality of coverage for too many, and increased the
cost of insurance. Effective health care reform will allow customers to choose their doctor
and insurance plan, will include market-based options like health savings accounts, and will
encourage competition among insurers.

US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
DISTRICT 12

One to be elected - Term: 2 years Salary: $174,000


(questions chosen and information gathered by Delaware Ohio LWV)

ED ALBERTSON
ADDRESS: 7700 Ballou Road, SE Heath, Ohio 43056
PARTY: Democrat
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Sales
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE: -B.A. Political Science,

Pennsylvania Military College, 1973 -M.S. Systems Management, University of Southern California, 1976 U.S. Army 1973-1979 -BDM Corporation 1977-1978 -Southwestern Bell 1978-1980 -AT&T 1980-1989 -Carew

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International 1989-1998 -Huthwaite 1998-2008 -Carew International 2008-Present


QUESTION: What should the federal governments top three priorities be in setting
a sound energy policy?
Climate destabilization is the biggest threat our world faces today and its our duty and
moral obligation to reduce the threat for future generations. That is why I support creating
a national energy policy that focuses on 1) reducing carbon emissions 2) provides career
training in renewable energy, and 3) shifts our current subsidies from dirty fuels to clean
renewable energy industries. A recent study demonstrates that we could provide training
in the solar industry for every coal miner currently employed in that industry so they have
future-oriented jobs AND give each of them a 7% raise in income. This would boost our solar
energy implementation and energize our economy!

JOHN J BAUMEISTER
ADDRESS: 324 State Route 257 South Ostrander, Ohio 43061
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Small Business Owner
PARTY: not applicable as a write-in candidate
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE: Bishop Watterson High

School Ohio State University with a degree in Agricultural Economics.


After graduating college, I started the first bicycle messenger service in
downtown Columbus. I eventually sold that business and began a new
one supporting cycling events around the country. I have been involved in all levels of the
sport from local events in Columbus to International events, including the Pan Am Games
and the World Championships. I have also coached a cycling team to two national championships. During the school year, I tutor at-risk high school students, helping them with Math
and Science and teaching them the importance of graduating.
QUESTION: What should the federal governments top three priorities be in setting
a sound energy policy?
Priority One: Just like many of the roads and bridges across this country, we need to
begin to overhaul the outdated and inefficient energy infrastructure, not only the grid itself
but in homes and the corporate community. While coal, oil and natural gas are the standard
now, renewable energy will take their place in the future as technology improves and costs
come down. The current system is unable to handle the needs of these new technologies.
Priority Two: We need a long term plan for the addition and then transition to renewable
energies and away from the countrys dependency on any foreign oil. We should have a goal
of true emission free energy production. Priority Three: The federal government needs to be
willing to invest more money in scientific research as well as a willingness to work with private industries in the development of these changes and technologies. From youth education to funded research, changes will only occur when the people doing the work have the
sufficient means.

JOE MANCHIK
ADDRESS: 150 Northview Drive Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
CURRENT OCCUPATION: I have been a self-employed Telecom-

munications Engineer since 1978.


PARTY: Green

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE: I studied Electronics


Engineering Technology at the Ohio Institute of Technology and also have
many certifications on telecommunications systems and infrastructure
equipment from several manufacturers. I have been a self-employed Telecommunications
Engineer since 1978.
QUESTION: What should the federal governments top three priorities be in setting
a sound energy policy?

The very first thing the federal government needs to do is to end Americas ugly wars for
oil NOW, and that is what I am planning to do in Congress. War is over if you want it. I plan
on introducing legislation for the American people that will eliminate the BILLIONS of dollars in American tax subsidies that go to multinational oil corporations annually and instead
provide those same tax subsidies for individuals and small businesses that invest in AMERICAN MANUFACTURED solar and wind power technology. What we need in America today

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is a nationwide, high speed passenger rail system, where we can take our cars
and light trucks with us as we travel across North America, similar to the Channel
Tunnel between England and France. This will cause a dramatic drop in Americas
consumption of oil and a proportional drop in toxic greenhouse gasses from the
tailpipes of cars and light trucks. Ohio will become the model for the nation beginning with the 3C High Speed Rail Network that I envision.

PAT TIBERI
ADDRESS: 6830 Mahogany Drive, Galena, OH 43021
CURRENT OCCUPATION: US Representative 12th District
PARTY: Republican
EDUCATION: Columbus Northland High School, Ohio State
University - B.A. in Journalism.
QUESTION: What should the federal governments top
three priorities be in setting a sound energy policy?
There is no silver bullet solution to reaching energy independence, good
jobs and a cleaner environment for our country. Instead, I believe in a comprehensive, all of the above American energy strategy. Since Ive been in Congress,
Ive supported bills to expand safe domestic energy exploration. Furthermore, I
disagree with efforts to limit domestic oil and natural gas exploration. Ive also
supported important incentives for developing energy technologies as well as energy efficiency. We cannot simply drill our way to energy security, and we cannot
simply conserve our way to it either. We need to have a balanced approach. While
we have made progress, there is still much work to be done in implementing a
comprehensive, all of the above American energy strategy.

League of Women Voters of Marion is so grateful for generous donors who help make our work possible.

They include: Anonymous, Beth Babich, Ted and Bronwen Babich, Sara and Larry Babich, RJ Bicking, Rosemary Chaudry,
Jody Demo-Hodgins, Andrew J. Devany, Mary Ann Doyle, Curtis Fassler and Janey Fassler of VIZual Express,
Robert and Christine Haas, James and Ann Hering, Barb Hetrick, Ingrid May, Nancy Lankton, Larry and Marilyn Morse,
Peacock Water, Dr. Tarlok S. and Amar J. Purewal, Paula Roller, Elizabeth Roseberry, MD, Thomas J. and Victorial L. Sheskey,
Sims Brothers, Inc., Jim Slagle, Snyder Funeral Homes, Verne Hart Insurance, Jo Ann Radwin-Zimmerman.

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November 2016 Ballot Checklist



PRESIDENT & VICE PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES
q H illary Clinton & Tim Kaine - D
q R ichard Duncan & Ricky Johnson - N
q G ary Johnson & William Weld
q J ill Stein & Ajamu Baraka - G
qD
 onald Trump & Mike Pence - R
qW
 rite In Candidate

U.S. SENATE
q T om Connors - N
q J oseph R. DeMare - G
q R ob Portman - R
q S cott Rupert - N
q T ed Strickland - D
qW
 rite In Candidate

U.S. HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES
4TH DISTRICT
q J anet Garrett - D
q J im Jordan - R

U.S. HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES
12TH DISTRICT
q E d Albertson - D
q J oe Manchik - G
q P at Tiberi - R
qW
 rite In Candidate

NOTE: D = Democrat G = Green N = nonparty R = Republican


MARION COUNTY

OHIO SUPREME COURT

COUNTY COMMISSIONER
FTC 1-2-17
q K err Murray - R
q Daniel Russell - D

CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE OHIO


SUPREME COURT (FTC 1-1-17)
qM
 aureen OConnor

COUNTY COMMISSIONER
FTC 1-3-17
q A ndy Appelfeller- R
q Lynn Thomas - D
PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
q Warren T. Edwards - N
q Mark Russell - D
q Brent W. Yager - R
CLERK OF COURTS OF
COMMON PLEAS
q J ulie M. Kagel - R
q K ris Kasotis - D
q T homas Stotts - N
SHERIFF
q T im Bailey - D
q S cott Blough - R
q R on Scheiderer - N
RECORDER
q K aren L. Douglas - R
TREASURER
q J anet Draper - D

OHIO SENATE

ENGINEER
q B radley K. Irons - R

26th District:
qD
 avid Burke - R

CORONER
qM
 arc J. Comianos - R

OHIO HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES

86th District:
q S cott Crider - D
qD
 orothy Pelanda - R
87th District:
qW
 es Goodman - R

STATE BOARD OF
EDUCATION
1ST DISTRICT MEMBER
q T anyce J. Addison
q Linda Haycock
q Martha A. Manchester
q Lilli Vitale

JUSTICE OF THE OHIO SUPREME


COURT (FTC 1-1-17)
q P at Fisher
q John P. ODonnell
JUSTICE OF THE OHIO SUPREME
COURT (FTC 1-2-17)
q P at DeWine
q Cynthia Rice
JUDGE - 3RD DISTRICT COURT
OF APPEALS (FTC 2-9-17)
q R andall L. Basinger
qW
 illiam R. Zimmerman
JUDGE - 3RD DISTRICT COURT
OF APPEALS (FTC 2-11-17)
q Stephen R. Shaw
COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE PROBATE DIVISION (FTC 2-9-17)
q Deborah A. Alspach

LOCAL QUESTIONS
& ISSUES
ELGIN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Renewal - Operating Expenses: 4.22 mills
for 5 years

FIRST CONSOLIDATED FIRE DISTRICT

Replacement - Fire protection: 4 mills for


5 years

GREEN CAMP TOWNSHIP

Additional - Fire protection: 1 mill for 5


years

GREEN CAMP VILLAGE

Replacement - Operating expenses: 9 mills


for 5 years

MARION COUNTY BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Additional - Operation of Programs: 2.25


Mills for 5 Years

MARION COUNTY BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Renewal - Operation of Programs: .5 Mills


for 5 Years

PLEASANT LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Renewal - Emergency Expenses: 2.63 Mills


for 3 Years

PLEASANT TOWNSHIP

Renewal - Fire protection 2.68 Mills for 5


Years

PROSPECT VILLAGE

Renewal - Operating expenses: 3.1 mills


for 5 years

RIDGEDALE LOCAL SCHOOL


DISTRICT

Renewal - Emergency Expenses: 3.96 mills


for 5 years

SALT ROCK TOWNSHIP

Renewal - Fire protection: 2 mills for 5


years

SCIOTO VALLEY JOINT FIRE DISTRICT

Renewal & Increase - Fire protection: 2


mills for 5 years

TRI-RIVERS JOINT VOCATIONAL


DISTRICT

Replacement - Operating expenses: 1.3


mills, continuing

LOCAL OPTION ALS COUNTRY


MARKET

Beer Sales

LOCAL OPTION ALS COUNTRY


MARKET

Sunday Sales