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The counties included in the voters guide are: Montgomery, Warren, Miami, Greene, Clark, Champaign, Preble, and Butler.

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Governor

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    Richard Cordray
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    Mike DeWine
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    Constance Gadell-Newton
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    Travis M Irvine
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Why are you running for governor?

What are the three biggest issues facing the state?

What will you do to bring jobs to the state?

21 states have passed minimum wage increases since 2014. What do you think the minimum wage should be in Ohio?

What is your plan for resolving concerns about the skills gap many Ohio business leaders complain about?

What is your plan for taxes? Would you raise taxes, cut taxes or propose some kind of combination?

Are you committed to Medicaid expansion? How do you propose to pay for addiction treatment for those currently covered in the expansion population?

What solutions to the opioid/addiction crisis are we not already utilizing in Ohio that we should be?

Ohio is establishing its medical marijuana program. Do you support full legalization? If so, under what circumstances? If not, why not?

The city of Dayton is considering decriminalizing minor marijuana violations. Where do you stand on that issue since recreational marijuana is illegal at the federal and state level?

What will you do to improve K-12 education in Ohio?

How do you feel about the current system of ranking schools based on test performance? Performance on statewide tests consistently show that districts that serve affluent communities perform better than those with high concentrations of poverty. How do we improve educational outcomes for all students regardless of wealth? And how do we hold districts accountable in a way that doesn’t just measure wealth?

Some argue the best way to close race- and income-based achievement gaps is increased funding for preschool programs. The group Groundwork Ohio argues that a child’s academic preparedness entering kindergarten is one of the greatest predictors of his or her success, yet preschool funding gets 6 percent of what the state spends on higher education. What are your thoughts on this? Do you have other ideas on how to improve kindergarten readiness for children, especially low-income children?

What is your position on school choice? What role do you think charters and private schools should play in the educational landscape?

Ohio is seeing a brain drain where many of our bright, young people leave the state for jobs elsewhere. What will you do to keep them here?

What are your plans for higher education and keeping college affordable? What would you do to help more people afford college or other training beyond high school?

Ohio and other states have opened the door to talking about gun control and ways to improve school safety. What steps do you support taking and why? What do you believe would be the most effective approaches to reducing gun violence?

Prisons make up a large part of the state budget. How would you reform the criminal justice system?

Gov. Kasich has commuted more death sentences than any governor in decades. DNA exonerations demonstrate that the system can put the wrong person behind bars.Four years ago, a task force assembled by the Ohio Supreme Court recommended more than 50 changes to how the death penalty is administered in Ohio. Where do you stand on Ohio’s death penalty? What changes do you support?

Schools, cities and counties continue to complain that state funding has been cut, forcing them to cut services and/or raise local taxes. How will you work with local governments?

How would you improve transportation, and what emphasis would you place on investing in mass transit and new technology such as driverless vehicles?

What is your view on abortion? Under what circumstances should it be legal? What further restrictions do you support? What current restrictions do you support removing?

What else do you want the voters to know about you and your campaign?

Experience Previous public offices, elective or appointive, and years held: Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (appointed by President Obama in 2012 – 2017) Ohio Attorney General (elected, 2009 - 2011) Ohio Treasurer (elected, 2007 – 2009) Franklin County Treasurer (elected, 2002 – 2007) Solicitor General (appointed, 1993 – 1994) State Representative (elected, 1991 – 1993)
Education Michigan State University, BA in Justice, Morality & Constitutional Democracy, Phi Beta Kappa (1981) Oxford University, MA in Politics, Philosophy & Economics with First Class Honours on a Marshall Scholarship from the British government (1983) The University of Chicago Law School, JD, Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review (1986)
When I see people wronged and people treated badly I want to make it right. I want to stand up and fight for them. When I was Attorney General and saw people across Ohio losing their homes in the foreclosure crisis, we fought the predatory mortgage lenders to save people’s homes. When I saw Wall Street abusing our pensions, our retired teachers and police officers and firefighters worried about their retirement, we went after some of the most powerful financial companies and got people’s money back for them. At the CFPB, when we saw students being gouged on their loans, payday lenders exploiting those who are vulnerable, and financial predators ripping off our veterans and service members being ripped off by unscrupulous lenders, we did something about it. We gave them a voice, we fixed their problems and if the big banks and payday lenders wouldn’t fix those problems, we used the powers of our agency to make it right ad get their money back.

For the last six years, I had the honor of serving our country as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. At the Bureau, we took enforcement actions against the big banks and large financial companies, recovering $12 billion for 30 million Americans who had been cheated or mistreated. We created a state-of-the-art consumer complaint system that has now received well over 1.3 million complaints from all over the country. I am incredibly proud of the tangible help that we could provide so many who were taken advantage of.

My experiences at the CFPB, as Ohio Attorney General, Ohio Treasurer, these experiences have led me to understand what it means to push through the bureaucracy of government to get things done that will improve people’s lives. I now look forward to the challenge of serving as the next Governor of Ohio and putting the force of state government to work for the people of this state.
As governor, I will focus on putting money back into the pockets of middle class Ohioans by increasing access to affordable health care, getting the education and training we and our children need to be effective in the workplace, and spreading out economic opportunity through all parts of Ohio so we can secure our future and the quality of life in our communities.

We must build an inclusive economy that works for us all. For the average weekly wage, Ohio is in the middle of the pack, 12% below the national average. For median household income, we are 38th of the 50 states, nearly 9% below the national average. We can focus on workforce development to ensure the skills and talent we need, strengthen our small businesses that are half our workforce, get money back from Columbus to our local communities, fire up our infrastructure including public transit, and step forward into the future with clean energy and the jobs it is creating.

We must build a stronger education system. We have slipped from 5th to 22nd in K-12 education, as reported by Education Week. And a sorry 45th in the nation in college affordability. We must stop diverting money from our public schools to failing for-profit charter schools that do not serve Ohio well. And I believe we can forge bipartisan efforts for education reform to stop over regulating the classroom and allow teachers to teach children more as they are trained to do.

We must protect the Medicaid expansion and make health care more accessible and affordable for all Ohioans. We must improve the exchanges and expand the CHIP program. And we must stop the opioid crisis, which has been disastrously neglected by our state leaders. We are now losing 14 people a day to these drugs, far worse than most states. Drug overdose fatalities rose 39% from mid-2016 to mid-2017, nearly triple the national average. As the state legislature undercuts local services, we had the 3rd largest increase in deaths without meaningful action.
For years, Ohio’s workforce development efforts have emphasized employers over employees. We will reverse those priorities. Instead of offering tax incentive packages to out-of-state companies, we will develop a workforce equipped with the skills that employers need to grow their businesses. We will win them over with our talent, first and foremost. But we can only do that by ensuring our workers have the skills they need to get and keep a good-paying job.

Ohio’s skills gap does not just hurt workers, who need to support their families and secure their place in the middle class. Businesses need workers with the right skills, too. Companies have been quite clear that they will only locate where they know they can hire talented and skilled employees.

That’s why strengthening Ohio’s workforce is perhaps the most pressing economic challenge we face as a state. Our future – and the economic strength of our local communities – depends on having a skilled and adaptable workforce. Betty and I will help our employers do what they are committed to doing every day: providing opportunities to workers who have the skills and the dedication to help them grow their businesses.

Our “Better Skills, Better Jobs” plan will ensure every Ohioan has the training they need to secure their futures and support their families. We will connect workers to training in our fastest-growing industries and close the skills gap in a way that makes sense for Ohio, building a workforce that is ready for the good-paying jobs that will be in demand as our economy grows and changes over time.
Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $8.30 an hour in 2018, but we need to do more. I support raising Ohio’s minimum wage. I oppose “comp time” or “flex time” legislation that would reduce workers’ wages, reduce overtime protections, and promote discrimination. We need to ensure all parties to development projects have a stake in preventing wage theft, allowing the state to claw back incentives when wage laws are violated.
Today, our economy is changing and we must change with it. Over the next decade, Ohio will post 1.6 million job openings. We are told that nearly two-thirds of those jobs will require some form of education or training that goes beyond high school.

Betty Sutton and I have a developed our “Better Skills, Better Jobs” plan to help workers achieve careers that will pay a living wage and provide the benefits that they need. Our plan will put more Ohioans to work – not just in a job, but in a career. We will do that by organizing our efforts around one central theme: Putting Workers First.

We will do that in several ways:

First, we will refocus the Office of Workforce Transformation to better support our workers. Since Governor Kasich created the Office in 2012, it has focused its resources largely on identifying the needs of our businesses. That is essential information, but knowing our needs by itself isn’t sufficient to address the issue.

Second, we will invest federal funds in workforce development programs for our fastest-growing industries. Last year, Ohio received almost $328 million from the federal government to support different workforce development programs. Most of that money flows directly into programs at the county level, but the Governor of Ohio has the discretion to direct almost $50 million to specific priority areas. We will use that money to directly support training programs for our fastest-growing sectors: health care, education, construction, advanced manufacturing, and computer systems.

Third, we can offer more apprenticeships, certifications, and flexible skills training by creating Lifelong Learning and Training Accounts. For many workers, vocational training is a viable path into a new career without the crushing college debt. There’s no reason we have to look with envy at apprenticeship programs in Germany and think that we can’t do just as well or better here at home.
We just banked a $670 million surplus at the end of the fiscal year. We have the new Supreme Court ruling on sales taxes on internet purchases that’s going to be a windfall for state revenue. We do not need any tax increases. Instead, we should be talking about what investments we should make.
From day one, Betty and I have promised to defend John Kasich’s Medicaid expansion. That has not changed. The program keeps our health care costs down. It covers insurance for 700,000 Ohioans. It keeps our hospitals open and supports thousands of jobs across the state.

The Medicaid expansion also affects health care costs for all the rest of us. Because if Ohioans lose access to health care, they will wait until they are in an emergency room with much more serious problems before seeing a doctor. And the cost of their uncompensated care will drive up premiums for all the rest of us.

But that does not mean the Medicaid expansion is perfect. Ohio can do a better job of focusing its resources on preventative and proactive care. That means investing in prenatal services for pregnant moms. Vaccines and immunizations for young children. Blood pressure screenings and regular check-ups for all adults.

Whether you get coverage through Medicaid, the Marketplace, or through your employer, you deserve high quality, high value health care. Ohio can and should invest in high quality programs; encouraging providers to make them available to all patients, regardless of the insurance they use.
Addiction to opioids and prescription painkillers is an epidemic that is ravaging our state. You all know the statistics: last year, an average of 14 Ohioans died every day from opioid addiction. Many more are sidelined by their addiction, unable to function or to get and keep a job. Employers say they have trouble hiring drug-free workers. The opioid crisis is also costing us money – somewhere between $6.6 billion and $8.8 billion per year. Betty and I have found that addiction touches every family in Ohio, regardless of race, gender, or economic status. The survivors I’ve met and the stories I’ve heard make clear that we can do better.

First, my administration will refocus the Medicaid expansion on prevention. It is the best tool we have in this fight, and it funds much of the state’s treatment and prevention efforts. We will redirect its resources to focus more on preventative and proactive care.

Second, we will change the way we manage chronic pain. If we are going to effectively tackle this crisis, non-opioid pain management must be part of the solution. We must give patients the flexibility to treat their chronic pain in a way that makes sense for them – without relying on pain medication.

Third, we will expand access and funding for treatment programs. Now is the time to recognize that addiction is a sickness that punishment does little to heal. We must treat addiction first as a health issue, not a law enforcement issue. I will work to put resources into treatment programs. This approach will not only address the real causes of addiction, but also free up police resources to focus on real threats to public safety. We will strengthen our behavioral and mental health systems and ensure everyone has access. We will find more quality providers to provide quality treatment. We will encourage more health care professionals to serve our forgotten areas by providing loan repayment for providers in underserved areas and offering more tele-health options.
As Governor, I will fix the botched implementation of Ohio’s medical marijuana program to ensure that patients have access to the medicine they need in a safe and affordable manner. I also think that the last marijuana ballot referendum failed partly because it was a flawed proposal. I supports voters’ right to propose a new referendum and will follow the will of the voters if it comes to a vote.
As Governor, I will fix the botched implementation of Ohio’s medical marijuana program to ensure that patients have access to the medicine they need in a safe and affordable manner. I also think that the last marijuana ballot referendum failed partly because it was a flawed proposal. I supports voters’ right to propose a new referendum and will follow the will of the voters if it comes to a vote.
Our public schools are the most crucial investment government can make. They position our students for success, giving them the education they need for the good-paying jobs they deserve. Betty and I believe Ohio needs to take a more comprehensive approach to education that stretches far beyond the classroom. We will do that by meeting the needs of the whole child, supporting every aspect of a child’s well-being.

To ensure that all students can succeed academically, schools must have access to the full range of physical and mental resources to meet their needs. Offering more services like mental health, dental, after-school, and parent support programs will establish our schools as the center of our neighborhoods – as they should be.

We will also move away from using high-stakes tests to drive learning and instead give students the tools to become resilient, lifelong learners. We will reduce testing to the federally mandated minimum, granting educators more freedom to engage students in learning social, emotional, and academic skills.

Budget cuts have forced many school districts to cut back on hiring education professionals like librarians, nurses, guidance counselors, and social workers. We will work with districts and educators to support their students’ full range of needs – both inside and outside the classroom.

Finally, we will prohibit for-profit companies from running charter schools, limiting their operation instead to non-profit entities. We will see to it that no school gets special treatment, and that all schools are held accountable to the same standards.

You can read my full K-12 education plan at https://cordrayforohio.com/issues/supporting-ohios-students/.
For too long, Ohio’s schools have been hyper-focused on test scores. We need to leave more time for learning. We are one of just 12 states with high-stakes testing for high school graduation.

Overtesting, together with inadequate funding, have narrowed school curriculum in a way that pushes out art, music, and other meaningful ways to engage students. Our classrooms are not test-preparation factories. Betty and I will grant educators the freedom to engage their students in learning social, emotional, and academic skills instead of spending their limited resources on preparing for standardized tests.

Testing will remain a necessary benchmark to make sure that we are leaving no race or region behind in the classroom, but we will reduce our testing to federal mandated minimums. We need to move away from using high-stakes tests to drive learning and instead give students the tools they need to become resilient, lifelong learners.

When it comes to school funding, I believe the General Assembly must start following the law. Twenty-one years ago, the Ohio Supreme Court first declared that Ohio's school funding system was unconstitutional. The Court ruled for the plaintiffs three more times, but the legislature has yet to comply with the Court's orders. When Betty Sutton was in the legislature, she signed on to an amicus brief in the DeRolph case because she knew our system was not fair or efficient. We have made considerable progress – improving school facilities around the state – but the operational funding has never followed and the failure to resolve this has held back hundreds of thousands of our students and our state.

Betty and I will relentlessly press for a school funding system that is fair as well as "thorough and efficient" under the Ohio Constitution. The quality of a children's education should not be determined by their zip code. With your help, we will work with the legislature to deliver this change and to end residual budgeting for Ohio schools.
First, my administration will expand access to quality child care. We will raise the eligibility limit to at least 150% of the federal poverty level, giving more parents the support they need to provide for their family and succeed in the workplace so they can break out of poverty.

Second, we will support and improve early education programs. We will build more comprehensive early education programs by establishing an office in state government dedicated to ensuring that our children are getting the best education and care possible.

Third, we will build on Ohio’s home visiting programs. Betty and I will build on the effective programs already in place by expanding their reach and making them available to even more Ohioans. We will integrate our home visiting programs into a more comprehensive early childhood service system, ensuring that many more families can get this support during those crucial first years of childhood.

Fourth, we will strengthen Ohio’s foster care system. We will strengthen the state’s children services to give every child a safe and stable home. We will also tailor our health care system for foster children and their unique needs. Foster care in Ohio has saved many young lives over the years, and we must provide the right framework and incentives to help it meet the current challenges in this time of crisis.

This is not and need not be a partisan issue in Ohio. Lawmakers and officials on both sides of the aisle increasingly recognize that investing in early childhood services pays direct dividends later. By providing truly accessible and quality early childhood services, we will not only position our youngest Ohioans for life-long success but also yield the greatest return on our investment for all Ohio taxpayers. And we will give every parent the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their child is in the best possible hands.
For-profit charter schools were responsible for one of the worst scandals in our state’s history. In recent years, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow stole $186 million from taxpayers by fraudulently inflating their attendance figures, failing an entire generation of children. Yet they were never held accountable for their thefts and their failures by politicians who looked the other way because of campaign contributions. Ohio deserves better. Our schools are not businesses, and our children are not customers.

We will purge Ohio’s charter schools of corruption, fraud, and failing performance. We will strengthen the state’s charter oversight system. Charter school governing boards will be required to produce complete transparency in their charter school operations.

But our challenges do not end with the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and other failing for-profit charter schools. Charter schools are exempt from nearly 140 state education laws that apply to Ohio’s traditional public schools. We will see to it that no school gets special treatment, and that all schools are held to the same level playing field.

We should ensure that any public funding for charters and vouchers comes directly from the state. We will work with the legislature to eliminate the complex system of transfers from local public schools that often results in a funding gap to be filled by local taxpayers. School funding should be centered on the classroom, not used to pad companies’ bottom lines.
Today, Ohio ranks 45th in the nation for college affordability. College graduates are leaving school with an average of $30,000 in debt. This is unacceptable. I want to make sure that your hard-earned degrees do not leave you with a lifetime of debt.

Our administration will make it a priority to ensure that hard-earned degrees do not leave students with a lifetime of debt. To reduce the cost of higher education, we will work to make community college more accessible to everyone. The infrastructure already exists – they just need a good partner in state government. Our administration will rely on community colleges to provide more Ohioans with the training they need to succeed in the modern workplace.

Ohio will also increase consumer protections for student borrowers. We will better enforce student loan servicing standards, establishing new timelines to resolve complaints and requiring disclosure of alternative repayment plans. We will help people shop for loans by publishing aggregate student loan figures. We will ensure that protections are guaranteed to all students, whether they are in extended apprenticeships in technical fields, full four-year bachelor’s degree programs, or graduate education programs.
For far too long, state government has failed to properly invest in higher education, pushing the skyrocketing costs of college onto students and families. Today, Ohio ranks 45th in college affordability, and recent Ohio college graduates leave school with an average debt load of $30,000. This kind of financial burden doesn’t just weigh on individuals and families, it weighs on our entire state economy. It forces consumers to put off repairing a car, buying a home, planning a family, or starting a business.

Our administration will make it a priority to ensure that hard-earned degrees do not leave students with a lifetime of debt. To reduce the cost of higher education, we will work to make community college more accessible to everyone. The infrastructure already exists – they just need a good partner in state government. Our administration will rely on community colleges to provide more Ohioans with the training they need to succeed in the modern workplace.

Ohio will also increase consumer protections for student borrowers. We will better enforce student loan servicing standards, establishing new timelines to resolve complaints and requiring disclosure of alternative repayment plans. We will help people shop for loans by publishing aggregate student loan figures. We will ensure that protections are guaranteed to all students, whether they are in extended apprenticeships in technical fields, full four-year bachelor’s degree programs, or graduate education programs.

Finally, we will increase funding for Ohio's only need-based grant program, the Ohio College Opportunity Grant. Initially funded at close to $225 million in 2008, the grant program was drastically cut during the great recession to around $100 million each year. More funding would help fill the growing gap between available federal aid and the overall cost of tuition, giving many more Ohioans the opportunity to pursue a college education.
The recent shooting in Cincinnati is a startling reminder of the need for better gun control. The epidemic is hitting Ohioans, but this spreads far beyond what we see on the news. It plagues far too many of our communities, especially among African Americans. The time for idle discussion is over. We must take action to stop the senseless loss of life that gun violence is causing. But we’re not going to solve this issue with political slogans.

Betty and I will bring everyone together – law enforcement, community leaders, faith leaders, social service providers, gun owners, and crime victims – to find solutions that will work in Ohio. We have laid out a comprehensive plan that tackles the problem from all angles:

We will expand background checks to cover all gun sales in Ohio, making sure they are fully funded and effective in keeping guns out of the wrong hands. We will ban modifications like bump stocks that illegally convert firearms into fully-automatic weapons. We will increase support for school safety, identifying early warning signs and putting school resource officers on campuses to train staff and speed responses. We will appoint a gun violence prevention czar to coordinate the state’s response to this epidemic, working with health experts, law enforcement, and social services to aid local governments.

Betty and I remain supporters of responsible gun ownership. But we know that we must take common sense steps to address the senseless killings that we see in our communities and in our schools. Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their constitutional rights, but criminals, those who suffer from addiction, and domestic abusers should not be able to obtain assault weapons or any gun, period.

Betty and I will bring people together, find real solutions that will save lives, and get it done. That’s the approach we have taken on tough issues throughout our careers in public service, and it’s what we’ll do as Ohio’s next Governor and Lt. Governor.
Ohio has one of the largest prison populations in the country. Between 1978 and 2014, Ohio’s incarcerated population quadrupled. Today, nearly 50,000 Ohioans are in prison.These outcomes are the product of a broken legal and political system. Our criminal code today disproportionately hurts the poor and people of color while imposing nearly insurmountable obstacles to advancement.

We must challenge ourselves to construct a better criminal justice system at a more reasonable cost. We can be smarter on crime while holding violent criminals accountable. By making real changes grounded in evidence, we can keep our communities safe, save the state money, and help thousands of Ohioans lead healthier, happier lives.

First, we can stop criminalizing poverty. Justice should not be based on whether a person has enough money to be at home instead of locked up, away from their family and in danger of losing their job and kids. Second, we need to treat addiction as a health and economic issue. Instead of relying on an overcrowded, underfunded prison system that is ill-equipped to help people with addiction issues, we must invest in solutions that tackle the root causes of crime. Finally, let’s keep children out of jail and with their families. Approximately 56,000 children in Ohio have an incarcerated parent. These children are more likely to enter the criminal justice system themselves and stay there. We need to provide support before these children head down an irreversible path.

We need to work to improve our criminal justice system so that we’re keeping our communities safe without wasting taxpayer money or the lives of people who need addiction treatment — not jail time. We can be smarter on crime while still holding violent criminals accountable. By making real changes grounded in evidence, we can keep our communities safe, save the state money, and help thousands of Ohioans out of the depths of addiction to lead healthy and productive lives.
I support the death penalty for those felons who have committed serious enough crimes to deserve it. During my time as Attorney General, I advocated for use of the death penalty in instances where I felt that the crimes committed merited it. But we also need to insist on certainty and take great care in imposing this ultimate penalty as a State.
For far too long, Republicans in Columbus have waged a war on local government, and all of us are paying the price. Instead of advancing a responsible budget, the Republicans in the Statehouse have paid for tax cuts for the wealthy and big businesses by cutting critical resources for local governments. Under their rule, the local government fund has been cut nearly in half. Mayors have had to make ends meet with fewer cops and firefighters. This approach is wrong, and it is hurting communities across Ohio.

Our towns and villages across this state have had to make ends meet with fewer cops on the beat and firefighters on call. Less money to fix our crumbling roads and improve our bridges and tunnels. This means communities have an even harder time responding to crises like the opioid epidemic – crises that they are already struggling to contain.

Local governments are on the front lines of so much important work — from keeping us safe to tackling growing problems like the opioid crisis. At its core, government is about providing public services to its people. Services that keep our roads paved, our bridges safe, the lights on, and our water clean. And yet our state legislators in Columbus have continued to drain resources from Ohio’s communities by cutting the local government fund. These funding cuts at the local level have forced many Ohio communities to tighten their belts to the point where they can’t adequately support many essential services like public safety and road maintenance.

I am running for Governor in part because I believe that our local governments deserve more. Having served at the local level, I know firsthand the resources required to address the issues our cities and towns are facing. Issues like decent jobs, a strong public education system, and broadband access for all Ohioans. As Governor, I would support restoration of local funds to the state budget. Betty and I will end the war on local government.
Without a safe, dependable, and efficient transportation system that gets Ohioans and freight from point A to point B, our economy cannot grow and Ohio businesses cannot connect to the rest of the world. Approximately one-third of our major urban roads and highways are in “poor” or “mediocre” condition. We have some of the most structurally deficient bridges in the nation. We need to repair our roads and bridges through a major bonded investment package to finance those improvements.

Additionally, Ohio spends less on public transit than 42 states. This year, Statehouse Republicans allocated less than 1% of its multi-billion-dollar transportation budget to the public transit system. Because of historically insufficient funding, twenty-seven counties in Ohio have no public transit system. Ohio needs a dedicated fund for our public transportation needs. Twenty-five states currently have a dedicated source of funding specifically set aside for public transportation. No funding source exists in Ohio.

The big question on everyone’s mind when it comes to infrastructure is “How will we pay for it?” I will introduce a major, forward-thinking bonded investment package on the ballot for voters to approve. It’s what Dick Celeste did when he was governor. Since then, both Democratic and Republican governors have supported bond measures for similar purposes.

Ohioans understand the need for infrastructure. They see it and feel it in their lives every day. They have consistently given strong bipartisan support to such financing packages and are willing to spend money when they can see real results that build the bones of our state as an investment in our long-term future.

We will not only raise the money we need but we will also stretch each dollar as far as we can by partnering with local governments and private businesses to develop joint ventures where feasible to meet Ohio’s needs.
Betty and I have been strong - and consistent - supporters of choice and women’s health programs throughout our careers in public service. We have been advocates for health care providers like Planned Parenthood, and have stood fast against attempts by Republicans to roll back the clock.

Having strong allies as Governor and Lt. Governor has never been more important for Ohio’s women after seven years of assaults by Republicans in the statehouse. Time after time, the General Assembly has attempted to pass unconstitutional legislation that would take away the ability of women in Ohio to make basic personal health decisions. We saw that clearly in 2016, when Gov. Kasich and Republicans in Columbus defunded Planned Parenthood in Ohio, putting critical health care for countless Ohioans at risk.

As Ohio’s next Governor and Lt. Governor, Betty and I will put a stop to this and will stand strong for women in Ohio. I will veto anti-choice legislation, and together with Betty, I’ll work to restore funding for women’s health programs. And we’ll block backdoor attempts to drive abortion providers out of Ohio.
This November, Ohioans have a choice. We can vote for government to continue serving special interests, and tolerating corruption on Capitol Square, or we can start standing up for workers. We can vote to strip health care from 700,000 people and increase premiums or retain the Medicaid expansion and have it lower all of our health care costs. We can vote to continue giving tax cuts to big corporations and the wealthiest Ohioans or we can start investing in improving the skills of our workers. From my time in the Ohio House of Representatives through the CFPB, I have always fought for workers and for the middle class. I have never been afraid to take on powerful companies, special interests, or anyone trying to cheat Ohioans out of their hard-earned money.

Right now, Ohio needs a leader who will give people a voice and make sure we stand up for all Ohioans. My parents imbued in me the importance of standing up to injustice and preventing people from taking advantage of others. I have taken those lessons to heart and applied them at every stage of my public service. Whether it was fighting to keep people in their homes as Ohio Treasurer during the financial crisis, recovering $2 billion from Wall Street for Ohio taxpayers and retirees as Ohio Attorney General, or winning back $12 billion for more than 30 million Americans as the first Director of the CFPB, standing up for the middle class has always been my top priority. I will bring that same steady and effective leadership to the Governorship and I will continue to fight to put money back in the pockets of middle class Ohioans.
Experience Miami University (Professor) Cedarville University (Lecturer) Ohio Northern University (Instructor) Prosecutor of Greene County (1976) Ohio State Senator, 10th District (1980) Member of Congress, OH-7 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988) Lt. Governor of Ohio (1990) United States Senator (1992, 1994, 2000, 2006) Attorney General of Ohio (2010, 2014) Prosecutor of Greene County (1977-1981) Ohio State Senator, 10th District (1981-1983) Member of Congress (1983-1991) Lt. Governor of Ohio (1991 – 1995) United States Senator (1995 – 2007) Attorney General of Ohio (2011 – present)
Education Miami University, B.S., Education (1969) Ohio Northern University, J.D. (1972)
I am running for Governor to move Ohio forward. I want for everyone in our state what I want for my own family, and that is to leave a stronger Ohio to our kids and our grandkids. We want our next generation to have better opportunities and better lives than the generations before them. Eight years ago, we didn’t have enough jobs for the people who needed them. Today, our challenge is different -- we have to find workers with the skills to fill all the jobs that have been created. We need to focus on vocational training to help people find good careers, and we have to ensure that every student graduates from high school either college-ready or on a pathway to a rewarding career and a good-paying job. We also have a drug problem that is taking lives in our state every day. I have a 12-point action plan to tackle this crisis on day-one of my administration.
First, we must aggressively tackle the opioid epidemic, which is killing Ohioans every day and holding back our economy. As Governor, I will immediately begin implementing our 12-point Recovery Ohio action plan, which will get more people into treatment, establish more drug courts across Ohio, implement consistent K-12 prevention education, and give hope for the future to those suffering in the grips of addiction. We have a skills gap in Ohio and must focus on vocational training to help adults find good careers. Additionally, our administration will work to ensure that every student graduates from high school either college-ready or on a pathway to a rewarding career and a good-paying job. Also, I know that too many young people are reaching adulthood without the tools to be successful or self-sufficient. That’s why I have a bold vision to invest more in early childhood development and to help at-risk, first-time moms so that all Ohio children get off to the very best start in life.
As Governor, I will focus every day on jobs because providing good and decent-paying jobs is the most important thing we can do for our families. Ohio is a great state, but we have some serious impediments to future economic growth. Our administration will train more people with the skills they need; ignite innovation, research, and investment in Ohio; and eliminate burdensome regulations to allow our businesses to flourish. Specifically, we will establish regional job-training partnerships throughout Ohio to give people the skills they need to compete in the 21st century. We will spearhead common-sense occupational licensing reform to remove bureaucratic barriers to employment, and we will conform Ohio tax law to encourage business growth in economically-distressed communities that need it most.
I support a state-wide minimum wage that has inflation-indexed increases.
My running-mate, Jon Husted, and I have laid out a plan to prepare Ohioans to fill jobs that are in-demand and in growing industries. My administration will establish regional job-training partnerships throughout Ohio with local businesses, education providers, and community leaders to give people the skills they need to compete and win in the 21st century. We will continue to pressure the federal government to remove strings attached to federal job training dollars and block grant those funds to Ohio so the state can work with regional partners and make decisions that actually benefit communities. Our team will design a match-making application that actually connects people seeking work to businesses who are hiring. It’s also a priority of ours to fund the completion of at least 10,000 in-demand industry certificates in order to create and recruit top-notch tech talent, with the commitment they will stay in Ohio and work. And, we will spearhead common-sense occupational licensing reform to remove bureaucratic barriers to employment that make it harder for qualified, skilled workers to find a job.
We want taxes to be low and predictable, and have no plans to raise taxes or fees. Ohio businesses should be focused on job creation and expansion, because that’s what drives a successful economy and brings prosperity. Keeping taxes consistently low and staying out of businesses’ way is the best tax strategy to keep Ohio on the path to economic success. As Secretary of State, Jon Husted reduced costs so significantly that he was able to reduce the fees associated with starting and maintaining a new business in Ohio and run his office for the last two years of his term without the use of taxpayer dollars.
Yes, our administration will keep extended coverage for adults and continue to reform the program, find ways to improve it for the people it serves, and make the program stronger for the future. We support a reasonable work requirement for the adults in the program who are healthy and able to work. It is important to remember that the people covered by Medicaid expansion are adults who earn up to 138% of poverty. Our goal is to get these adults, if they are healthy, workready so that they can get into the workforce and off government assistance. Today, there are 143,000 jobs available on OhioMeansJobs waiting to be filled. We will focus on connecting people who are part of the expansion population and who are able to work with job training programs and job opportunities that are available. Medicaid expansion has been able to help people battling addiction and those who needing mental health treatment, and this program will continue to be there for them. Under our administration, we will also focus on improving health outcomes to drive down costs in the future. We will require the managed care plans to provide education that helps prevent health problems in the first place and improve the well-being of people in the program. The more we can do to prevent chronic conditions, the more we can decrease emergency department usage, get people the appropriate care, and control health care spending in the long-run.
Ohio law enforcement, drug treatment specialists, and many others have been working hard to fight the opioid crisis. A year ago, I introduced a 12-point comprehensive action plan to more aggressively fight the epidemic. My Ohio Recovery plan includes greatly expanding drug courts in our state, implementing age appropriate K-12 prevention education, and expanding substance use treatment capacity in Ohio. Also, our administration will create a 21st century law enforcement data-sharing and analytics infrastructure for Ohio law enforcement and expand proven drug task force models to target and disrupt the flow of money and drugs. You can read the full 12-point action plan on my website at MikeDeWine.com/recoveryohio. I was one of the first Attorney Generals in the country to file a lawsuit against five drug manufacturers, and I intend to use those settlement funds to help to implement this 12-point drug plan.
No. I do not support legalization of recreational marijuana use. This was presented to the people of Ohio in 2015, and they overwhelmingly rejected the ballot initiative. Furthermore, the dangers posed by recreational marijuana far outweigh the benefits. States that have legalized recreational marijuana use, like Colorado, are seeing increased overdoses among small children who see THC-laced cookies and candies as snacks. Ohio is also in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Legalization of marijuana will only serve to divert resources from addressing the opioid crisis.
As the product of local government, I appreciate the importance of home rule. Local communities are best positioned to pass ordinances that ensure the safety, health, and welfare of their citizens. However, I believe that, like Issue One, laws and ordinances that remove judge’s discretion and authority to order treatment will serve to exacerbate the drug problem currently plaguing Ohio.
We believe every Ohioan deserves a shot at the American Dream, and that begins with a great education. The DeWine-Husted Administration wants less testing and more learning. We will increase access to technology in all schools and will help ensure students are truly college-ready or job-ready. A good education is one of the first tools we can provide to positively impact children and build a stronger future for our state. These are all attainable actions that will modernize our schools and give Ohioans a competitive edge in our fast-changing world. You can read our full education plan at MikeDeWine.com/education.
The DeWine-Husted Administration will work with teachers and parents to reduce tests in Ohio and improve the data that parents and teachers receive from standardized testing. Additionally, we will improve the state report card system. The state report card for schools should focus on student progress – not just on the number of questions answered correctly on a single test at the end of the year. We should encourage student growth from the beginning of the school year to the end, and not just prepare kids to pass standardized tests. Standardized tests are limiting educators’ creativity and forcing them to teach to a test. This interferes with a child’s ability to think creatively and problem-solve. The DeWine-Husted Administration will reduce the number of tests that students are required to take and will provide parents and teachers with more meaningful and timely results. We will put more emphasis on teaching, learning, and a student’s growth from year to year. There are amazing schools in Ohio that are helping children grow several years within a single academic year. Ohio should better emphasize student growth and develop a school report card that parents can understand.
I care deeply about families. There are kids growing up in Ohio who – because of no fault of their own – simply do not have the same chances for success in life that other children have. The DeWine-Husted Administration will raise the eligibility level for publicly-funded early childhood programs for working families from 130% of the federal poverty level to 150% of the federal poverty level, which will expand access to at least 20,000 more children. Additionally, we will ensure that our early childhood education centers are high quality. In addition to helping children, this will encourage more parental participation in the workforce. We will increase home visiting services for at-risk, first time mothers to give them the tools they need to promote child development and school readiness. Evidence-based home visiting services are voluntary programs that serve at-risk, first-time mothers and children up to age three in their own homes. Ohio’s programs are grossly underfunded, reaching less than four percent of eligible families. Our administration will make state investments to triple the number of families served through home-visiting programs. These programs can help reduce infant mortality and improve school-readiness so that parents have the skills they need to help their children be healthy, happy, and ready for Kindergarten. Finally, as Governor, I will put in a place a Director of Children’s Initiatives. This is someone who will report directly to me and whose sole focus will be to coordinate children’s programs across all state agencies so that they work better for the people they serve.
Every parent deserves the right to decide what is best for his or her child’s education. The DeWine-Husted Administration will support school choice and ensure that parents have access to quality choice options – public, charter, private, and parochial.
Part of encouraging young people to stay in Ohio is creating a vibrant economy and good-paying jobs. We must ensure that our young people also have the skills fill high-paying, in-demand jobs. Ohio is facing a workforce shortage, so we need to ensure we are training kids to be collegeready or equipping them with the skills to be job-ready. That’s why my administration will create a Student Work Experience Tax Incentive for businesses that provide students with work opportunities. This will encourage businesses – both large and small – to invest in the next generation of workers by providing them with valuable career exposure and work experience. Students who are engaged with businesses may be more likely to stay in Ohio. Many businesses have seen success with this “grow your own” model, and we want to build onto that success. Also, we are going to change Ohio law so that research done at Ohio’s universities can remain the intellectual property of the researcher and not the institution. This move will prove Ohio is serious about attracting the best and brightest minds and creating an environment where they can thrive. As a result, Ohio will become a magnet for the most innovative researchers in the world and make our state more attractive for private research investment and entrepreneurial ventures. Our administration will also invest in 10,000 in-demand certificates, with the commitment that recipients will stay in Ohio and work. There are many short-term, low-cost job training programs for in-demand industries in Ohio. For example, a basic coding degree and a business analytics degree each could take as little as three months to complete at a cost of around $600. The DeWine-Husted Administration will partner with companies, career and technical centers, and community colleges to provide easy access to job seekers and help bring awareness to these in-demand job opportunities.
Students at many Ohio institutions see their tuition and fees increase year after year, when they believed they had signed up for a specific price tag their freshman year. These price hikes and hidden fees aren’t fair or predictable to consumers. The DeWine-Husted Administration will create tuition guarantees for each entering class at Ohio public universities and colleges, meaning a student will never pay more than they did their freshman year. This will save families money and reduce student loan burdens for students. Over the years, state funding has decreased to help lower-income Ohioans pay for higher educational opportunities in our state. The DeWine-Husted Administration will increase state funding for lower-income Ohioans to keep higher education in reach for all students. Many of Ohio’s most in-demand careers don’t require a two- or four-year degree. In fact, many industry-recognized credentials can be earned in high school, through career tech centers. However, if our students are going to learn the skills to succeed in a 21st century economy, we have to remove the Ohio Department of Education’s arbitrary limits on which career and technical courses a student can count toward a high school diploma. These limitations prevent students from learning skills that prepare them for a 21st century career. As Governor, I will remove these barriers and allow students the flexibility to choose career and technical courses that meet their future goals. I will also work to extend career exposure and training opportunities to Ohio K-12 students. Too many children are faced with an opportunity gap, meaning they lack exposure to the many professions and career pathways that exist. We will extend the work of the Ohio Department of Education and the Office of Workforce Transformation to educate kids about different careers so that every student understands the choices they have in life.
I am committed to protecting Ohio’s students, teachers, and schools. As Attorney General, I formed a task force to address school safety, which led to the training of more than 14,000 teachers and law enforcement officers in active shooter responses. Jon Husted and I know that school safety truly starts with prevention. The DeWine-Husted Administration will proactively address the mental health needs of students that could lead to school tragedies by providing access to a mental health professional in every school. Additionally, we will continue the work that I started as Attorney General to build a robust background check system in Ohio and ensure that existing background check laws are enforced. Ohio also has access to state-of-the-art technology that can help analyze and intercept threats against Ohio’s schools. The DeWine-Husted Administration will use this technology to ensure the safety of Ohio’s students and teachers.
As Lieutenant Governor, I helped create RECLAIM Ohio, which has dramatically reduced the number of young men and women in Ohio’s juvenile detention centers. Hundreds of young people are now being effectively served through community-based services. As Governor, I will look at replicating this work in the adult system. However, I want to underscore that Issue One is not the way to accomplish sentencing and criminal justice reform. I am vehemently opposed to Issue One and believe it will be devastating for our state, moving us backward in the fight against opioids.
I believe in the death penalty for the punishment of our state’s most heinous crimes. As Attorney General, I have approved of my special prosecutors requesting the death penalty in certain cases. I have also adopted advanced DNA testing technology to ensure that we accurately identify perpetrators.
Jon Husted and I are products of local government. I began my career as an assistant prosecutor in Greene County, and one of Jon’s first jobs was doing economic development work for the Montgomery County Commissioners. We are committed to establishing a close partnership with local governments. For example, one area where I have vowed to make an investment is children services. The number of children in foster care has increased by almost 25% since 2013, and half of the children in custody are there because of parental drug use. These children are staying longer and have far more complex needs. This is eating at counties’ budgets. The DeWine-Husted Administration will dedicate more state resources to children services, which will help restore funding to other important county functions.
Autonomous vehicles are the future, and I am very proud of the work being done right here in Ohio. However, new technology comes with inherent risks, and we must be sure to balance technological advancement with safety. One way that Jon Husted and I have proposed to improve Ohio’s readiness for the future is through expanding broadband. Whether it’s giving right of ways under new road construction or the pipeline construction that is occurring in Southeast Ohio, we need to ensure broadband access to manage our state’s growing technological needs.
As a parent of eight and grandparent of 23 (with grandbaby 24 on the way!), I am pro-life and believe that life begins at conception. I have spent my entire career fighting for the most vulnerable among us – children and the unborn. My wife Fran and I received the “Defenders of Life Award” from Dayton Right to Life, and Ohio Right to Life has endorsed my candidacy for Governor. In the U.S. Senate, I wrote the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and helped shepherd the passage of the ban on partial-birth abortion.
I am a problem-solver with a strong record of accomplishment. As Governor, I will bring people together and get things done for our state. Most of the issues we face should not be partisan issues — education should not be partisan, the drug problem should not be partisan, the health and well-being of Ohio children should not be partisan, and employing our citizens should not be partisan. These are my priorities. And I will fight every single day to get things done, to move things forward, to fight for and protect our families, and to make the future brighter for every Ohioan. I am proud of my record of getting things done. When I became Attorney General, I learned that there was a backlog of thousands of old, untested rape kits that were sitting on evidence room shelves at police departments around Ohio. We tackled that. We hired additional staff and built the infrastructure to test 14,000 rape kits and get justice for thousands of victims. We have fought tirelessly against the opioid epidemic. Our office shut down more than a dozen pill mills in my first year in office, including all such establishments in Scioto County -- the then-epicenter of pill-mill activity in the state. We worked with legislators on legislation to strengthen the licensure of pain clinics and enhance Ohio’s OARRS system to identify extensive prescription drug use and abuse. I’ve taken the licenses of more than 120 physicians and pharmacists who were operating pill mills. We created a heroin unit in my office to work with both law enforcement and communities. And, I was one of the first Attorneys General to sue the drug manufacturers and distributors. This year, I announced that I was closely monitoring pharmacy middle men over their state contracts to ensure Ohioans were getting the best possible deal on their prescription medications. I was the first statewide elected official to take action on this issue. I have accomplished many things for the people of Ohio, and I will bring that same passion, work ethic, drive, and determination to the Governor’s office.
Experience Managing partner, Attorney and guardian ad Litem since 2010 at Fitrakis & Gadell-Newton, LLC Attorneys at Law; Social justice activist and activist attorney; 2008- Internship at the ICTY Office of the Prosecutor, The Hague; Co-chair and Secretary of the Ohio Green Party; Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2016-17 Secretary, 2017-18 President Elect, 2018-19 President;
Education Bishop Watterson High School, honors, class of 1998. The Ohio State University, BA in Philosophy and Women's Studies, 1998-2002; Penn State Dickinson School of law, J.D. 2005-2008
I am running for governor to address the essential issues neither of the corporate funded candidates will address: single payer health care;an immediate moratorium on fracking and injection wells in Ohio and a transition to green energy; and dismantling our for profit prison system. I am also running to grow the Green party as a party that truly represents the people of Ohio. By refusing corporate donations, I am trying to bring honesty and accountability back into Ohio politics.
The three biggest issues facing the state are: Health Care; Environmental Degradation; and the prison system. We need single payer, universal health care, now. Too many families have been ruined financially simply because someone gets sick. Every other industrialized nation offers its citizens some kind of universal health care. Obamacare leaves too many people out and, premiums are soaring because there's no limit on how much an insurance company can charge. Private health insurance companies are the problem, not the solution. Universal health care is also and essential part of the solution to the opioid problem. People without insurance, or with insurance that provides inadequate time for addiction treatment, are losing their lives every day. Single payer, now.

Fracking and injection wells are destroying our environment for short term financial gain. A fracked well will only provide natural gas for a limited time, but the destruction of groundwater and the geological damage is permanent. These past few years, pipelines like NEXUS stamped on the property rights of Ohio landowners and caused incredible losses of wetlands and wild areas so that we could continue creating profits for the fossil fuel companies. But, fossil fuels are killing us. If elected we will lead Ohio towards a rapid and equitable transition to 100% clean energy, all while creating new manufacturing jobs and revitalizing our urban and rural economies alike.

As a defense attorney, I've seen over and over again how our focus on punishment and incarceration has hurt our society. I've come to realize that as long as we have private prisons, the profit motive will push more and more people into them. If what we really want is less crime, studies have clearly shown that education is most effective at preventing recidivism. Harsher prison sentences can have a short term effect on crime, but the under
We will transition to a Green economy, promote universal health care, and remove barriers for the people of Ohio, resulting in more qualified workers. We are at a point in history where every home should have solar panels, every building should be highly insulated, and every structure feasible should be heated and cooled with geothermal energy instead of fossil fuels. Making this tremendous shift in infrastructure will generate millions of new, good paying, jobs, like the ones at First Solar in Perrysburg, Ohio. Listening to the R's and D's, it's hard to remember that infrastructure means more than just roads and bridges. We need to change all our systems, from how we generate and deal with wastes, to our agricultural practices, to our dependence on plastics. I will use every tool available to me, from tax breaks to rebates and other incentives to put Ohio on a path to sustainability.

One note about creating jobs by switching us to clean energy. We Greens recognize that all these issues are interconnected. Solving one, often lets us solve others at the same time. For example, switching us away from fossil fuels for our cars and heating will not only create jobs, but it will also improve Ohioan's health. Thousands die each year from lung diseases caused by pollution. Providing good paying jobs will also reduce the crime rate.
Since 2012, it has been the Green Party's position nationally to raise the miniumum wage to $15 per hour, with annual increases for cost of living and inflation. The wage increases Ohio has enacted in recent years have been so tiny as to be more of an insult than a relief for hard working people who can't afford their rent, can't afford medicines or health care, and can't afford to keep electing the same two political parties to office. More important than a number, though, is a minimum wage high enough to let people survive. President Trump's policies are starting to cause inflation in many areas of our economy. Soon, even $15 may not be survival wages. Someone who works hard and does a good job shouldn't have to worry about having enough money to live. With coming automation of many jobs, we support a universal basic income and robot tax for the people of Ohio.
High quality, vocational education can be one part of the solution. We want a return of vocational school and home economics classes to public high schools. We support free college at public universities and more support and debt relief for students. There needs to be less emphasis on testing and more emphasis on building skills at an early age. Then we need to support our young people so they stay in Ohio. Vocational training should be expanded at the high school and post-secondary level.
We will overhaul Ohio’s tax policies to end corporate welfare and provide comprehensive relief to working people, including a refundable childcare credit for working families. We will level the playing field by equitably distributing the tax burden between bricks and mortar and on-line retailers.

We will institute a value-added tax as a step towards funding and instituting a universal basic income, to provide for equitable sharing of gains realized at the expense of increasing the gap between rates of increase in productivity and employee compensation, and to eliminate a hidden tax subsidy to businesses who benefit from declining costs of automation, and from eliminate unskilled jobs, or highly paid skilled jobs such as in the manufacturing sector, to save on labor costs. Such a tax is consistent with Ohio’s use of the commercial activity tax, since rapidly increasing productivity without increasing wages increases volume of economic activity and generates corporate wealth without necessarily improving the economic vitality of communities where such firms are doing business. Where automation tends to increase the wealth gap, displace workers, and destabilize the economic base of communities, there is shifting of costs onto the public sector that should be at least partly offset by increasing public revenues via a robot tax or its equivalent.
I am committed to universal, single payer health insurance for all Ohioans. Under this system, every Ohioan would be required to pay for health insurance in the same way that they now pay for social security or unemployment insurance. With everyone paying into a publicly administered system, premiums will be lower. Right now people paying for health insurance face premiums than can double, triple, or quadruple from year to year. Single payer systems are working in hundreds of other countries, providing health care that is cheaper, more reliable, has better outcomes for patients, and most importantly, gives everyone the full treatment that they need. Right now, things like addiction treatment, get cut off too soon in order to ensure insurance company profits. Medicaid and Medicare funds would be used to help pay for the transition to universal health care.
Our expansive health care plan would expand access to mental health and addiction services. Universal health care that strictly monitors prescription opioid use. The typical pathway to illegal opioid addiction is through over prescription of legal painkillers. When the legal painkillers are cut off, people who've already become addicted then turn to heroin and other illegal drugs. With a universal healthcare system, enforceable guidelines based on science will limit over prescription and help prevent addiction.

We should use specialty courts and diversion programs and ultimately decriminalize non-violent drug possession offenses. Medical cannabis should be implemented effectively in Ohio to benefit patients.
Yes, I support full legalization. Right now, people's lives are being ruined for possession of marijuana, something that is not a crime in many parts of the world. Most people don't know that Ohio's “legalization” of marijuana actually increases penalties for people having or growing marijuana outside of the the monopoly that the legislation created. Ohioans defeated a statewide referendum on legalization a few years ago, not because they opposed marijuana, but because they opposed the creation of a legally protected monopoly of a few corporations having total control of the marijuana trade. The Republicans then passed a law establishing exactly that. Many people would prefer to see marijuana remain a cottage industry, with small local growers providing marijuana regionally. This would provide maximum jobs and economic benefit. At this point, full legalization seems the best path to that end. That would also be accompanied by amnesty for people in prison for marijuana offenses.
The city of Dayton is considering decriminalizing minor marijuana violations. Where do you stand on that issue since recreational marijuana is illegal at the federal and state level?

I fully support it.
The bottom line for improvement for education is to provide adequate funding.

We improve educational outcomes by providing students with what they need. Adequate funding for special services, assessments of students' mental and physical health, including lead exposure, sufficient funding for enrichment programs such as music which is proven to increase over all academic achievement, these are all things that require funding. We owe it to our children to provide it to them.
Teaching to the test has been an educational disaster. The results of putting schools in competition with each other for high test scores can be seen with the ever increasing number of students that arrive at college needing remedial training.

We also can't forget that environmental factors can play a role in low academic achievement. Lack of proper nutrition, exposure to lead. These things have a real, measurable impact on educational outcomes.

The DeRolph decision in 1997 provided a basic framework for a more fair way of funding our schools. It said that there should be a “basement” or minimum level of funding that all schools were entitled to, based on what was necessary to meet all the school's basic needs. Then and now, schools in the rural, southern parts of the state face extremely low revenues from property taxes. There is simply no way a school in that situation can provide its students with anywhere near the services provided by wealthier districts. The decision allowed local districts to seek levies to raise their income above this minimum, but the minimum had to be high enough that every school district in Ohio could afford to keep the roof from leaking, provide tutoring for children who need it, and make sure everyone has a basic education.
Increased funding for preschool activities is important and should be pursued, but it is no panacea. A sixth grader who's sitting in an 90 degree classroom who's been exposed to lead in his environment and who hasn't eaten that day is not going to learn much, no matter how good his preschool experience was.
Having a system of publicly-funded non-profit charter schools facilitates innovation in keeping with a 21st century model of quality education that is more decentralized, adaptable and responsive to the evolving learning needs of Ohio’s students and their diverse communities.

However, in Ohio we currently have a problem, because only 23% of our charter schools are managed by publicly accountable non-profits entities (in contrast to 90% nationally). The other 77% of Ohio’s chartered schools, including large on-line schools such as Ohio Virtual Academy and Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, are run by private management companies on a for-profit basis. Currently, these private companies account for the bulk of low performing and failing charter schools, yet the companies themselves are not required to report their performance outcomes to the Department of Education either in terms of student development and achievement, or in terms of their responsible use of public funds. This lack of transparency and accountability by private management entities undermines the value of the charter schools system, and is unacceptable.

If elected, we will remove the profit motive as a factor in public education school by imposing a moratorium on the use of state charter school funding to hire for-profit management entities. We will engage a state-wide performance review and revoke the charters of all low performing charter schools that are unable or unwilling to undergo transition away from the use of private management entities; and we will engage with educators and professional associations such as the Ohio Educator’s Association to develop and implement new professional accountability standards that will ensure that Ohio’s parents and students have free and equitable access to high quality education, regardless of their location or socio-economic status.
Two things drive a young person's decision to leave Ohio for a job elsewhere, opportunity and quality of life. Our economic plan to switch Ohio to a sustainable econonmy based on renewable energy will provide economic opportunity, but not enough is being done to improve the quality of life for young people. Increased funding for local arts activities, both performing arts and visual arts can help foster a thriving arts community. This is the kind of environment that entices young people to stay in an area.
Greens believe that higher education should be tuition free. We would begin by following New York's example of free tuition at state schools for students who maintain their grade point average. As the State's finances improve as a result of our other policies, we would expand this to tuition assistance at any Ohio institution of higher education.

In addition, we would offer relief to people who are currently suffering under a burden of student loan debt. We have a generation of students who invested in education, but who were then unable to find the good paying jobs that would let them pay off their loans. Student loans can't be discharged in bankruptcy. Some people will be paying on their loans into their 50's and 60's without some kind of assistance. These are the same people who could be buying the goods and services that would stimulate Ohio's economy.
I support common sense restrictions on gun ownership. People who have been identified as being potentially dangerous to themselves or others should not have access to guns. People with a history of domestic violence, or who have made threats of carrying out attacks with guns should not be permitted to continue to own them. Requiring gun owners to carry insurance similar to car insurance also seems like a good idea.

However, reducing gun violence is going to take a shift in America's way of thinking about guns. Right now, in movies, TV shows, video games, and even in extreme political rhetoric, guns are presented as the solution to any kind of problem. People are no longer being taught to solve problems in a non-violent way. They're not being shown examples of solutions being worked out in a cooperative atmosphere. People honestly think that guns are some kind of protection against erosion of civil liberties. Well, I have news for those who think that. Our Liberties are being eroded by legislation every day, and all these guns aren't helping a bit. Greens have ten Key Values that we use to make our decsions and guide our actions in office. There are four that we call the Four Pillars, Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, and Non-Violence. If people see the problems facing our nation being solved by grassroots democracy and non-violence, perhaps we could save some of the 30,000+ people who are killed by gun violence each year.

I support gun diversion programs for non-violent gun possession offenses with a gun safety and gun law educational requirement. I oppose the purchase of certain military surplus items to local police departments.
I would: dismantle our system of private, for-profit prisons and corrections; Reduce our prison population; and provide supportive rehabilitation for offenders in Ohio. Decriminalize many non-violent offenses.

Also, police violence is terrorizing our neighborhoods and a big part of the problem is lack of accountability of police officers. They need training in non-violent de-escalation tactics instead of being trained that our neighborhoods are "war zones." We should reject federal funding for training that teaches police that neighborhood residents are the enemy. Officers should be screened for PTSD, anger, and substance abuse. Violent and corrupt officers should be fired. Our police departments need major overhaul and re-organization to ensure the safety of the public.
I support the abolition of the death penalty in Ohio. Greens believe in non-violence. The death penalty is an act of violence carried out by the State.
I would restore full funding for local municipalities via the local government fund, secure and adequate funding for community development corporations, student debt offsets to local property taxes to encourage neighborohood revitalization and adquate school funding, and ending unfunded mandates, all towards the end of meeting local needs while alleviating the pressure to increase local property taxes. Democrats and Republicans have impoverished local governments and forced them to raise taxes. As described above, our policies would provide increasing levels of revenue over time. However we would immediately restore local funding at whatever level could be afforded.
Mass transit is one of the keys to the achieving the sustainable future the I envision for Ohio. When governor Kasich rejected federal funding to establish a rail line linking Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, he set the state's transportation system back 20 years. I would seek to add Toledo to the “three C's” to create a passenger rail network that could serve the whole state.

Making Ohio a safe environment for cyclists is also a top priority. Many people live within cycling distance of work, shopping, or entertainment. I would provide funding to municipalities that are seeking to build protected bike lanes, and take other measures to increase bicycle use.

Driverless vehicles that are still powered by fossil fuels will not do that much to improve the sustainability of our state. Funding research to move us towards electric, hybrid, and hydrogen fuel sources would be a higher priority for me. Establishing more electric vehicle recharging stations and creating hydrogen infrastructure would also be a priority. Ohio is one of the leading car manufacturers in the world, we could be leaders in a Green transportation system, as well. We support workers in the bus and transportation field and want a living wage for all workers. Our platform includes implementing a universal basic income if automation displaces Ohio jobs, with a tax on the owners to go towards displaced worker benefits.
I believe in self determination for women, LGBT people, people of color communities and the disabled. I am firmly opposed to any type of eugenics or reproduction discrimination and believe that women should be able to have as many or as few children as they want. I believe in providing sufficient health care and prevention to young women so they have a real choice to prevent pregnancy without an abortion, as well as high quality pre-natal and post natal care for mother and baby. I want to take steps toward rapidly curbing infant and new mother mortality. Women should be able to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. I do not support restrictions on abortions. The State may not tell a woman that she must or must not carry a child to term.
I want people to know that it is not just “my” campaign. I have a network of Greens around the State who are every day knocking on doors, putting up yard signs, putting up posters and talking to friends. I couldn't have gotten on the ballot or gotten this far without their help. Many people don't know that the Ohio Green Party is an entirely volunteer organization. We want money out of politics. For me, these are not just words. I refuse corporate donations, and the people helping me are doing it out of a love for Ohio and a burning desire to see democracy work in Ohio, not a love of money.

We are doing this with an almost total media black out. As my supporters and I protested that exclusion outside the gates of the debate venue at the University of Dayton, thousands of passing motorists saw our signs and supported us with honks and waves. We Ohioans are ready for a fundamental change in politics and we Greens are ready to create that change. All we need are votes. Please vote for me, and ask your friends to vote for me, too.
Experience Bexley Parks and Recreation Department - 2000-2003, Candidate for Mayor of Bexley - 2007, Capitol Hill Press Office - 2008, Candidate for U.S. Congress (OH-12) - 2010, Gary Johnson Presidential Campaign - 2012, Central Ohioans Countering Kasich PAC - 2014, Gary Johnson Presidential Campaign - 2016
Education Bexley High School (Valedictorian) '02, Ohio University (BS) '06, Columbia University (MS) '12
I’m running for governor of Ohio because we need a pro-freedom alternative to the political duopoly. I'm a millennial entrepreneur, not a career politician, so I have an interest in creating a prosperous and free Ohio for the future that the other candidates just don't have. I plan to operate the state government like a small business: cut spending, reduce taxes and regulations, and encourage new industries to start or come to Ohio to improve our economy and job growth. I also want to reform the state’s medical marijuana program so we can develop a fully legal marijuana industry in Ohio, implement criminal justice reform to reduce the costs of incarceration, and encourage health-based solutions to battle the opioid crisis, as opposed to criminal-based solutions. I would also work to end the death penalty, which is ineffective and incredibly costly. I will work with Republicans in the Statehouse to roll back the costly and corrupt Medicaid expansion program over a four year period, but will only do so while implementing free market-based healthcare reforms to drive down the costs of health insurance and prescription drugs. I will also be an unwavering defender of gun rights in Ohio as well as the industries that depend on responsible gun ownership. I’ll also reduce my own salary, live in the Governor’s mansion and hold an “open door after 4” policy on Fridays to engage with Ohio’s everyday citizens. Overall, I want to see a more free, transparent, and accountable state government in Ohio, and I feel the status quo no longer provides that. After 2016, politics in our country have changed forever -- millennials are responding to the Libertarian Party message and I believe it’s the future of politics in America.
The three biggest issues facing Ohio right now are 1) the opioid crisis 2) a stagnant economy 3) a corrupt state government full of wasteful spending. Republicans and Democrats are both responsible for the devastating level of opioid deaths in our state and neither have provided the right solutions to fix it. By improving our medical marijuana program and eventually fully legalizing marijuana, we can cut opioid deaths by 25 percent and offer a safer legal alternative, while also using the tax revenues to invest in drug treatment and education, not misguided enforcement and incarceration. In other words, we need to treat this crisis as a public health problem, not a criminal problem. Secondly, while the rest of the country is enjoying a growing economy, Ohio's job growth and wages have been stagnant. Kasich's "Ohio miracle" is not based in reality, and while Republicans are to blame, Democrats won't make it better. We need to either make JobsOhio transparent or eliminate it, while reducing taxes and regulations on and and all businesses that want to come here, as well as on small businesses that want to start here. Innovative businesses that are trying to get off the ground like food trucks, vape stores, breweries, distilleries and others are over-regulated even though they have huge potential. Lastly, under Republican leadership, we have various scandals in Columbus ranging from ECOT to payday lending and Medicaid expansion's wasteful spending, all rooted in the fact that GOP politicians have been getting campaign contributions in exchange for giving millions of taxpayer dollars to companies via government contracts. This is wrong and Republicans count on the fact that voters in rural areas don't have another fiscally conservative option. The Libertarian Party is that option and it is vital that voters look at our solutions in this race so we can have candidates on the ballot for the next four years to challenge the corrupt duopoly in Columbus.
First and foremost we must at least make Kasich's JobsOhio fully transparent so we know what type of businesses it's been bringing to the state and which ones it's been turning away, and if we find the department isn't efficient and effective enough, it must be eliminated. Secondly, we wouldn't have to recruit business to bring jobs to the state if we had a low-tax, low-regulation playing field—jobs would spring up from within Ohio and pour in from outside. We must make it easier for innovative individuals to start their small businesses here by reducing the taxes and regulations that smother innovation. We have so many new or not-yet-started business in Ohio that want to grow and expand here, but they either stagnate or move because of the horrible business climate. In addition to this, we need to unleash the power of industries that are currently far over regulated or banned completely, including the smaller breweries, wineries, and distilleries, the cannabis industry, food trucks, vape stores and many others. Furthermore, we need to offer better incentives to industries that want to come here, but instead are forced to go to our neighbors. With my particular profession, filmmaking, we lose hundreds of millions of dollars in film productions a year to Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kentucky because we don't offer the right incentives for movies to be made in Ohio with the necessary infrastructure. Both of my opponents are career politicians who have been attorney generals for the state, but they both have never run a small business and lack the creativity and innovation needed to be the chief executive of our state and oversee the necessary changes to improve our economy. As a millennial entrepreneur, no one has more at stake in Ohio's economy than I do and I intend on doing what's necessary to get my job done so that others can do the same.
Despite the opposition of many of my liberal friends, I oppose increasing the minimum wage. Ohio's minimum wage is currently $8.30, which is 14.5% above the federal wage of $7.25. While increasing the minimum wage may sound good in theory, it always has unintended consequences and cuts out the bottom of the job market, making it more difficult for new workers to obtain job experience so they can advance into a career -- in addition to making it harder on small businesses to cover operating costs. As a freelance journalist and video producer for years, I made a living by agreeing on a rate with an employer and getting paid that rate via contract, despite sometimes putting more hours into a project than would be legally allowed. We must respect the agreements made between workers and employers upon their own terms without the state government interfering unnecessarily. If a breach of contract has been made than we must have a fair legal system that allows for anyone who has been wronged to seek their full compensation. However, determining a minimum wage often only helps the big corporations that can afford it and hurts the small businesses and employers who can't.
I want to grow the relationship between community colleges and the business community. We have schools across the state that are geared toward efficient post-secondary skills training, but we need to be sure those schools are actively pushing training that our businesses are asking for. We must ensure that state programs built around increasing jobs are open and transparent, to increase the trust in them and account for how taxpayer dollars are being spent. We also need to deregulate small businesses and allow the young workforce to connect with business leaders who need the skills they're looking for. Many young people in Ohio are certainly skilled, but it's a matter of letting them figure out their own innovative small businesses or bringing the right businesses to Ohio to create more job opportunities. We need to provide an environment that allows the business leaders of the future to flourish and develop their skills as they see fit, instead of catering to existing businesses that have a disproportionate control over state government.
I would absolutely cut spending from our state budget so that we could start to cut taxes and make those tax cuts permanent. I would also like to pave the way to bring in revenue via different industries and sources, mainly by allowing new businesses to exist and flourish in Ohio, such as the marijuana industry, gambling industry, film industry and others. Then we can start to roll back income taxes, starting with lower-income households, and eventually eliminate the income tax entirely. There is nothing better to do for our citizens of modest income than let them prosper and keep the hard earned fruits of their labor, and cutting spending at the state level will get us on the path to do that.
I am the only candidate who is opposed to Kasich's Medicaid expansion and would work with Republicans in the state legislature to gradually roll it back over a four year period, so we aren't leaving folks currently on Medicaid without better, less expensive options. Currently CVS lobbyists are entrenched in our Medicaid program and funneling millions of taxpayer dollars to their own coffers by getting exclusive contracts for certain medications, while PBMs insert themselves between doctors, patients and pharmacists to steal up to $225 million from taxpayers a year. This is unsustainable and like most of the government healthcare programs in our country, it seems designed to deliver poor care with an exorbitantly wasteful price tag . We need to make Ohio a true innovator and unleash the free market on our healthcare system to getting these costs down. I would want to see legislation that challenges the federal stranglehold on healthcare policy, which now benefits the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies, to allow Ohioans to buy health insurance across state lines and purchase prescription drugs from Canada and other countries. Our healthcare system is broken, but it is government that is holding it back and keeping it inefficient.

As for the addiction treatment needed by those who are currently on Medicaid, we can cover that by improving our medical marijuana program and eventually fully legalizing marijuana, which will both offer current and would-be opioid addicts a healthier legal alternative that has been proven to both prevent and help end opioid addiction, as well as bring in revenue to help treat the addiction problem in Ohio as a public health problem, not a criminal problem.
As I have mentioned, it is imperative that we learn from what other states are doing to effectively battle this crisis by improving our medical marijuana program and eventually fully legalizing marijuana. This is honestly a no-brainer -- in states where they have ample medical or recreational marijuana legally available to responsible adults, the opioid crisis is 25 percent less deadly, harmful and expensive. My two opponents are both going to try and fix this crisis by spending more taxpayer dollars on enforcement and incarceration, but the opioid crisis is a public health problem -- not a criminal problem. We cannot arrest, enforce, and prosecute our way out of it and the failure to understand that within our state government is systemic and more importantly, just plain sad. We need to focus on the only solution that will reduce addiction to opioids and simultaneously bring in revenue to treat those who need help without just throwing them in cages. That is what so many other states are doing and it is past time for Ohio to legally embrace marijuana as well.
Yes, I think I've mentioned it once or twice! In all seriousness, I think our current medical marijuana program was designed to fail. It's an absolute mess and we are the laughingstock of the rapidly growing and innovating marijuana industry -- a joke that would be much funnier if so many patients who need treatment weren't suffering. I support the eventual style of legalization that's working in Colorado. It has been proven to be the most innovative, safe, and prosperous way of doing so. The industry is flourishing and everyone -- even their state government -- is reaping the benefits. Drug use by minors is down in Colorado thanks to their program, more dangerous drug use is down and, more importantly, opioid deaths are down. We cannot afford to do what they've done in states like California and over-regulate the marijuana industry and make it more expensive for consumers, as that only keeps them going back to the illegal market. Colorado has done it right and Ohio can follow suit, keeping the drug accessible and safe for adults who seek it, and regulated enough that it doesn't get abused or fall into the hands of minors and criminals.
I support Dayton doing this 100 percent, especially since the opioid crisis is ravaging the city. This is a step in the right direction to allow marijuana to be more accessible for those who want to use it responsibly and safely, and it will also save the city money in the long run on enforcement and incarceration. I also support similar efforts on this front that have taken place in Toledo and Athens and will soon be happening in other cities across the state. The federal government has been wrong on this issue for decades, and on those grounds we can plead the 10th amendment like other states to show that this unjust federal law can be corrected. I will do whatever I can as Governor to change our state's laws regarding marijuana, and I applaud Dayton for taking this step forward in being what will ultimately be the right side of history.
We need to allow the variety of schools in our state to determine how best they can improve the K-12 education in their own districts and then remove any restrictions that keep them from doing so. We cannot pursue a top-down approach and must reform how our schools are funded, so that poorer districts still have the monetary means to maintain their programs as they see fit and richer districts don't reap all the benefits. There cannot be a "one size fits all" approach to school funding or curriculum, and we need to reduce the amount of standardized testing on students, increase parents' access to school choice and reduce the amount of corrupt charter and online schools that only waste taxpayer money without producing any real results. Ohio's schools have plummeted in the nationwide rankings under the Republicans, but the typical Democrat solution of throwing more money at the problem won't solve it -- we need real, innovative education reform to set the standard for the rest of the nation.
School performance should be evaluated on measuring the actual advancement of students, not just a percentage of the student body that reaches some arbitrary line, in the same way that school funding should not be based on just the property taxes of a district. It is imperative that students continue to advance academically, regardless of their starting point or what economic background they come from. By removing "one size fits all" standardized tests that prove nothing and instead measuring individual student advancement in districts across the state, schools can evaluate where certain students need extra assistance and can tutor them accordingly. Above all, I don't believe a governor has all the answers to our educational woes and that's why I oppose Kasich's proposed plan to bring the control of schools to the governor's office, and I also oppose any Democrat plans to just throw more money at the problem. We need serious education reform in this state in terms of how we fund our schools and how we rank them to make them better, and we must eliminate any wasteful spending, including spending on online and charter schools that only make the problems worse.
This is an issue that has solutions on many levels -- as someone who prospered academically in a well-funded public school in a wealthy suburb (although my parents were certainly of modest income), I was able to start in kindergarten with a good start thanks to the preparation I received at home and I never had to attend a preschool. This being said, I understand that low-income children may not be so lucky, and that's why we need to cut spending from other inefficient areas in our state's education system and invest what we can afford into more of these programs in the districts that need them. These tax dollars will indeed be better used in this capacity and pay higher dividends in the long-run, as these types of programs are certainly a better investment than entities like ECOT. Let's not forget that it would also be good to relieve as much of the economic pressure as possible that low-income families feel in their districts by improving the state's economy to work for everyone and reducing the drug crisis that ravages many of these communities, leaving some children without better options before they get to school.
I certainly support school choice and leaving decisions on how best to educate children to parents. We also must find a way to reform school funding and not punish people who send their children to private schools or home school by essentially making them pay twice -- via property taxes and any additional fees. They should be able to have a tax credit applied as needed based on where their children receive their education. That being said, as the ECOT scandal shows, charter schools or any other online school that receives taxpayer funds must be properly audited in how they use our money -- then we'll know how their using it and if our funds are being abused for the personal wealth of rich donors to Republicans and Democrats.
As a bright, young entrepreneur myself, I know that this is a critical issue for my generation. For the last decade I've had to often seek work in my field in other states, despite trying to maintain my business here and bring back what jobs I can to Ohio. At the end of the day, we must retain our best and brightest by allowing them to have the maximum amount of personal and economic freedoms in Ohio. We must make it easier to start a new innovative business in Ohio and allow other businesses that are not usually here -- like the alcohol industry, film industry, marijuana industry and many others -- to come into the state. We also must create a state environment where the government is not intrusive and allows consenting adults to do what they want on private property as long as they aren't hurting anyone or taking anyone's stuff. States that are embracing both these personal and economic freedoms are the places where young people are going, and as a young person myself, I want to make Ohio a place where young people want to come, stay and thrive.
As a millennial who is $50,000 in student debt myself, I know that this crisis is looming over my generation and only getting worse to the tune of over $1.3 trillion total. We need to hold more colleges accountable so they don't waste student dollars on frivolous spending and control their operating costs -- then they don't need to charge young people such large amounts of money for what is sometimes an inefficient education. We must also make it easier for students to earn more AP credits in high school, opt for vocational training or get into community colleges since the education provided at some of these alternative institutions is often more beneficial than the education they get at the more expensive schools.
Gun-free zones are not effective and gun control efforts don't reduce gun violence, as gun violence is only committed by those who don't abide by any laws anyway. It's yet another area where I and my liberal friends disagree, and while I'm no fan of the NRA or it's lobbying efforts, at the end of the day the only thing that ends up stopping a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun. Any gun laws that Kasich and his cronies were hoping to get through the state legislature via DeWine or Cordray will not happen on my watch -- we have very low gun violence compared to other states anyway and the best way to keep it that way is by maintaining responsible and constitutional gun access laws in our state. We simply cannot reduce gun violence by restricting lawful citizens' access to guns.
I am the only gubernatorial candidate that has a comprehensive plan to reform our criminal justice system. We must reverse the trend of over-criminalization, and instead focus on civil rectification for most crimes to make the harmed party whole again. We must return to a system where warrants are issued prior to government agencies expending resources to watch individual citizens or groups of citizens. There should be an increase in minimum annual de-escalation training hours for police officers to reduce the number of situations that escalate into the use of force. We need fair and impartial judges and juries -- judges should not be taking donations from those who profit from incarceration and juries should be truly selected at random. Private prisons should be eliminated, as they have "bed minimums" and corrupt the judicial system by creating perverse profit motives to incarcerate. Prisons should be clean, safe, and basic, but also provide an opportunity to learn a trade to help prevent recidivism. By helping to release and pardon all the non-violent drug offenders from prison in Ohio we could save over $500 million taxpayer dollars a year, enter these folks into treatment centers if needed and treat any of their addiction problems as health issues instead of criminal issues. Both of my opponents are attorney generals who only want to increase enforcement and incarceration, spending more taxpayer dollars without addressing the problem. Furthermore, we should end the death penalty in Ohio, because it is extremely expensive and even with multiple trials and appeals, innocent people end up sometimes being put to death.
This is one of the few things I applaud Governor Kasich on, as I believe we should end the death penalty in Ohio. While there are certainly some horrible human beings, there are also people who have been wrongly convicted and wrongly executed. It is extremely expensive process and even with multiple trials and appeals, innocent people are sometimes put to death. As noted in the question itself, DNA exoneration has saved many innocent victims of wrongful prosecution. How many others wrongly sit on death row without any DNA evidence available to exonerate them? There are no "do-overs" once an execution has been carried out. It is wrong for the state to kill an innocent person, and worse, when the state executes someone it is being done in our name and on our dime. It is far past time for Ohio to eliminate the death penalty and as governor I will seek to do just that.
Our goal is to reduce the overall tax burden at the state level by cutting spending, which would leave more money in the local areas for the people of these municipalities to decide what to fund and how to fund it. We should not burden localities with unfunded mandates. The state's role in localities is to ensure that the locality is not violating the rights of the people in that locality and to maintain state highways and other essential services, but not much beyond that. Once we reduce state taxes, more folks in the various municipalities across our state can use their money locally as they see fit.
Mass-transit and other transportation issues at the local level should be left to the localities. The state should give localities the freedom to decide their own local transportation solutions, based on what voters in those localities desire. I support all private efforts to create safe driverless vehicles in a safe and lawful manner. While the technology is still being advanced, there has been significant progress made in this area. While more testing should certainly be done by the companies providing these services, within the next five years driverless vehicles will likely become far more common based on market demand.
The topic of abortion has been mostly decided at the federal level by the Supreme Court, so it's important to focus on what we can do in Ohio to keep unwanted/unexpected pregnancies down even though they are currently at an all time low. We can mainly do this by allowing for more age-appropriate sex education in schools and communities as needed, and by decreasing unnecessary and artificial barriers to lawfully obtaining birth control. I also oppose the state spending money to provide or promote elective abortions.
I would like Ohio voters to know that they have an alternative choice to the two establishment duopoly candidates this year, and that because of new restrictive minor party ballot access laws that were put in place by Republicans in 2014, I must reach a minimum of 3 percent in this race for the Libertarian Party of Ohio to retain ballot access for the next four years. Even if you don't agree with my campaign on every issue, you don't have to hold your nose and vote for a Republican or Democrat who represents even fewer of your views. A vote for me is a vote for more options on the ballot in Ohio for the next four years, and with the millennial generation voting for Gary Johnson with 25 percent of the vote in our state in 2016, clearly the Libertarian Party represents the politics of the future.