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Ohio House District 74

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  • Bill Dean
    (Rep)

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    Anne Gorman
    (Dem)

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What are the two biggest challenges facing the state and how would you deal with them?

What would you do to bring jobs to Ohio? Do you support JobsOhio? What changes would you make to it?

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?

Ohio has consistently cut income taxes over more than a decade. Do you support further reductions or increases in the state income tax? Why?

Should Medicaid expansion continue or not? Under what restrictions?

Heroin and opiate addiction have become a major issue in the state. The death tolls are rising and more families are impacted. What ideas do you have to deal with the crisis?

K-12 education in Ohio is all over the place when it comes to success. There are very successful public schools and failing ones. What ideas do you have to improve 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?

How does Ohio need to improve higher education and deal with affordability and attracting students?

What makes you more qualified than your opponent(s) to hold this office?

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

What is your stance on abortion issues?

Given recent school shootings, what do you think Ohio can do to make schools safer?

Ohio has passed a lot of gun issues in recent years. Do you favor gun rights – stand your ground, CCW, etc? Do you favor gun restrictions – universal background checks, bump stock ban, assault weapons ban, etc?

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?

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

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Experience I have taught at all grade levels, including senior citizens at Broward Community College, a Kindergarten Enrichment program in South Florida, and amassed over 25 years of public school teaching in Ohio. I have also performed with the Gold Coast Opera Company for three years, and have directed numerous large-scale musicals during my career.
Education B.M.E., The Ohio State University, 1976 M.A., The Ohio State University, 1982
I believe that the two biggest challenges that Ohio is facing are education and healthcare coupled with the drug crisis.

The Constitution of Ohio clearly sets forth a mandate to provide an efficient and thorough system of public schools throughout Ohio. Continually shifting taxpayers' monies meant for public schools to for-profit charter schools that haven't worked, and continuing to not increase funding for colleges shows an abysmal lack of care by our state lawmakers. We must restore lost funding to schools and invest in our kids, pre-K through college. They are the future of our state. We also must invest in job training at career technical schools, and helping kids find paths towards careers that serve them, as well as our state.

We need access to healthcare for all people. No one should be one illness or accident away from financial destruction. We also must continue the Medicaid coverage, and support people with preexisting conditions.

In regards to the drug crisis, Ohio is number two in the country for drug related deaths. This crisis not only affects the addict and their families, but employers, their communities, and society at large. To address this crisis, we need an all-out effort to fund treatment resources in communities, addiction professionals, education, mandatory training in medical and nursing schools, custom response from justice and law enforcement, and pharmaceutical oversight and transparency in all of Ohio's communities. This scourge is delaying any improvements that we may be making in other areas of our state, and this will not be a short-term solution. We need everyone to kick in to change this cycle that is so destructive to our citizens and to our state.
Bringing jobs to Ohio is one thing. Having job-ready employees is another. Investments need to be made in job creation, and paying a living wage in the fields of infrastructure, agriculture, healthcare, education, mass transit, research and development, and technology. Again, as stated above, we need to face our healthcare issues, because unhealthy people do not make good employees.

It would behoove us to reduce student loan debt, as well, so that we allow our best and brightest the opportunity to stay in Ohio, and to focus on the creation of employment opportunities yet unseen.

All of these can generate new business in Ohio. I'm okay with tax incentives, so long as our citizens, our counties and townships are seeing some benefit from them, and not just the corporations or wealthy business owners. I call for more accountability to insure that tax breaks for job creation are truly of benefit to the citizens, as well as the corporations.

JobsOhio appears to be doing its job.
As of 2018, Ohio's minimum wage is $8.30 an hour. That translates to a little over $16,600.00 a year. A living wage for one working adult, not supporting anyone but him or herself, is as follows in my district: $21,640.00 (Greene County), $21,106.00 (Clark County), and $22,392.00 (Madison County). Obviously, earning our current minimum wage does not allow an employee the ability to sustain a basic way of life. So yes, I am for increasing the minimum wage.

But I am not for dictating to companies what should be paid to their employees. If they want the best employee, it stands to reason that they should offer better pay, and the more skilled the worker, the more money they should make. Employers say they can't keep workers; but part of that is caused because they don't want to really invest in the worker for further training opportunities, and a chance to rise in the company, and to become more valuable to the company. It seems to me that workers stay to work in places where they are not only valued as employees with more benefits and better salaries, but as people, when confronted with life-altering problems. I applaud employers that truly give loyalty, respect, and help to their employees. That said, I believe that an employee owes their employer the responsibility of doing the best job possible at all times, being an on-time and skilled worker, and helping to support the business where he or she works. Working relations should be partnerships with a real give and take from both sides of the coin.
Is it any surprise that we have a “skills gap” with the refusal of our legislature to adequately support public schools? Their wasteful spending on for-profit charter schools, like ECOT, (that don’t work), has created a generation of unprepared young people, and that is their biggest crime. The millions of dollars we have lost in our state over the years of ECOT’s operation is the lesser problem, than the hundreds of kids who have not been served as promised, who are now in their 20’s and 30’s and have fallen through the cracks. It is time to take action to help them, by providing adult classes at our career technical schools, with training by union-led artisans, as well as other experts in their fields, using the facilities at hand to reach young adults who still have a chance to find meaningful work. By using already existing facilities, we get a double-benefit. And employers that provide teachers should get first crack at hiring the students that they are teaching.
Most people understand that their taxes help to pay for essential infrastructure issues, like roads, bridges, clean water, sewer issues and broadband internet. I believe that they will support these issues, so long as they are reaping some benefit and seeing support in their own communities. But we will need large investments in these areas, as delayed maintenance costs more in the end. I do not believe that we can continue to meet Ohio's needs in basic infrastructure, if we continue to reduce the income tax. I also believe that we should support an increase in the gasoline tax, as every state around us, with the exception of Kentucky, has done. A one-cent increase would result in a $50M windfall.
The Medicaid expansion should continue.There is clear evidence that it's coverage for some 700,000 Ohioans has helped low income people find work and care for their families. Medical security seems to be the most common refrain when I talk to citizens door-to-door, so I'm thankful for the expansion to help these citizens with the most basic healthcare.
This is the crisis of our lives. We must treat it as a crisis. I call for new or expanded treatment centers in every community. Recruit professionals in addiction care, mental health and social services. Make addiction science a larger part in medical schools, residency training, and continued education and practice. Bring addiction education to our public schools. Expand positions for more school nurses and social workers/counselors in K-12. Continue to support research in drug abuse and addiction. More closely monitor the chain of custody of prescription drugs from manufacturer to end user, including expiration dated ID card for the use and possession of certain medications. Provide additional resources to counties to allow them to customize their law enforcement and court system. We must all take an active part in some portion of these issues, as they are holding our entire state back from achieving forward momentum in our economy, and costing lives of not only addicts--but the ripple effect that their deaths cause for those left behind.
We should, if we want to follow the State of Ohio Constitution, decide on better funding choices for schools, besides just property taxes. There are 41,000 square miles in Ohio. The access to quality education should not be based solely on the value of the particular square mile that a kid lives on. That is how we get such inequality when we evaluate our schools. It has been clearly proven that schools that invest in their students and are located in a higher-value real estate neighborhood, do better than schools that are not. Therefore, we are not following what our Constitution states--that we "shall make provisions to secure a thorough and efficient system of common (public) schools throughout the state." I can think of no higher priority than to prepare our young people to be educated, responsible, and employable Ohio adults.

Wasteful spending on "for-profit" charter schools that don't help kids, must end.

All schools that are paid for by taxpayers, should be accountable and follow the same rules in regards to student readiness, teacher evaluations, and administration evaluations. All parents should be actively engaged with the schools where their children attend and kids must be taught that receiving a good education is also their responsibility.
Gosh, I wish I had all the answers to these questions. As stated above, students are suffering in some areas of our state due to issues that they didn't create. Slapping a test in front of any kid to measure their "learning" is certainly not the only way to measure kids and what they're doing, or schools and how they're doing. First and foremost, we need to get into those schools regularly, and walk through the halls to find out what is happening in classrooms throughout. Parents, teachers, administrators, students, and our lawmakers are all responsible for quality education. Everyone needs to have the same goal--to help every Ohio child be as successful as humanly possible. That's a lofty aim, but nothing is more worthwhile.

Funding must be expanded to schools in low socioeconomic areas. I've often thought that giving high performing teachers an opportunity to work in underachieving schools, by offering them more significant salaries and benefits might be an answer.
Again, I restate, Ohio lawmakers are not supporting our schools' clients--the kids, their parents and our taxpayers, by continuing to neglect funding for our public schools, while at the same time tax shifting money away from those schools. This should be our state's number one priority. Yes, it is a long-term investment that doesn't always show gains right away, but it is the only right thing to do. I support raising funding for early childhood education for all kids in need. Additionally, these schools are providing vital child care, nutrition, and health services that so many young children are lacking. These early childhood opportunities serve not just the child, but the whole family.
Private schools are paid for by parents and families who want their kids to go there. I have no problem with private schools.

Legitimate charter schools that operate under the same rigorous oversight that our public schools must follow, can work. But taxpayers are paying for them, and they shouldn't get more support from the state than public schools do. We must face the music however, that many for-profit E-schools, particularly our own fiasco, ECOT, have not done the job they said they would. And because of that, many young people have fallen through the cracks, and are in their twenties and thirties without the education that was promised them. This is a disgraceful chapter in Ohio's educational history, and we can thank our state lawmakers for allowing it to happen.

I believe firmly in public schools. I spent my life attending and teaching in public schools. My kids all attended public schools as well. Kids not only learn in public school, but they grow into young adulthood there. Most of the taxpayers in our state want their kids or grandchildren to go to high-quality public schools in their neighborhoods, and they're willing to pay for them with their tax dollars, as they know that an educated populace makes for a better life and a better place to live. Additionally, we must support our career-technical institutions as well, to provide training for many jobs that can prepare students for a community college experience, or an internship in a trade. All of our students should have help in cutting a career path that is right for them.
We need to bring down costs of tuition for colleges. Students in Ohio pay about 25% more, on average, than students in other states. Public universities are primarily financed by state investment into higher education and tuition paid by students and their families. Our state lawmakers have dropped the ball since 2000 in regards to improving funding for higher education. Again, we cannot expect Ohio's ranking to improve without support from our lawmakers into all avenues of education. This should always be our state's number one priority.
I have met my opponent on several occasions, and I know he is a very nice and kind man. I have also met a thousand citizens in District 74 since February, and have only found twenty-one in three counties that know his name--even with prompting. If you don't know someone's name, you can't possibly know what they stand for. By definition, the job of a representative is to "represent". It is evident that my opponent has not made an effort to meet those he has pledged to represent, much less asked them the simple questions, "What's your opinion?", or "What message can I take to Columbus?"

Frankly, I feel that I am more qualified than most of our current representatives. I am not beholding to any special interest group or fat-cat donor. I am not a career politician looking to ultimately land in some cushy lobbying job. Years of teaching have given me many skills that can serve me well in the Statehouse--I know how to listen, to organize, and to inspire people to build something good, and lasting and noble. That is what I'd like to do in District 74.
I believe that there is sufficient evidence that medical marijuana can have significant benefits for certain conditions, and I support that movement. I trust that medical professionals will prescribe its use appropriately.

As for legalizing marijuana for all, I am simply not there yet, due to conversations with healthcare professionals.
There are two issues concerning abortion. Only one can be affected by a State Representative, and that is tinkering with legislation regarding access.

I am not "for" abortions, and I am highly insulted when someone says I am. But given the choice between making abortion illegal and therefore, a crime, or allowing a woman to make her own choice under the care of a doctor, I choose the latter. Abortion is legal in the United States and a woman's right to choose is protected by our Federal Constitution.

The other issue about abortion is access to care. The law of the United States prohibits states from enacting other laws that create undue hardship to women seeking a legal abortion. I will resist initiatives that create any burden on a woman's right to choose and maintain her reasonable access to care. As an example, the services provided by Planned Parenthood (which isn't abortion, by the way) must be reinstated. Women searching for healthcare, mammograms, dealing with depression issues, childcare advice and yes, seeking access to legal reproductive services like birth control, are crucial.
This is not just about banning high-powered rifles or bump stocks. Clearly, tremendous damage and destruction can be caused by almost any type of weapon. This is about treating mentally ill people who somehow find access to firearms. It is about providing more funding for school safety measures, such as securing doors and windows, installation of cameras at entrances, and perhaps metal detectors. It is about providing funding for more school nurses and School Resource Officers in school buildings. It is about enabling our schools, as well as law enforcement, to continue to educate the population about the number of firearm deaths related to irresponsibility, or lack of accountability towards that weapon or the person handling it. As stated earlier, I am not in favor of arming teachers. They have enough to do.
I have read the Second Amendment. It is only twenty-seven words long. Perhaps if the framers could have added a few more clarifying words, we wouldn't be arguing so much about it. Two phrases in particular, seem to be regularly ignored--"well-regulated militia" and "shall not be infringed" seem to me to be at the heart of the issue.

Yes I support universal background checks, no exception. Responsible gun owners should have no complaint about this. I also do not agree with any expansion of stand your ground, or concealed carry rules, that my opponent has co-sponsored. Concealed carry permit holders have an obligation to tell police officers that they have a weapon. This, in particular, I see as a show of respect to our law enforcement members, who put their lives on the line regularly.
When I began this campaign, I was appalled at the systematic reduction of funding to our public schools by our legislators--millions of dollars from my district alone in eight years. Since then, I discovered a similar trend of stripping funds away from cities, villages, and townships. Tax money is collected in my district, sent to Columbus, and not put back to work in my district. This forces our township officials to do more with less and less money, or to go back to the residents for an extra tax or levy for basic services that they thought they already paid for--and they did. Having a rainy day fund in Columbus is laudable--but $24.7B? Share the wealth, Ohio lawmakers! Give us back our money! It's raining in my district!
I am a retired public school teacher, a mother and a grandmother. I began this campaign at the urging of a former student, who encouraged me to run. I did it because I was tired of reading the morning paper and being upset with way the lawmakers in Columbus were running the state--ignoring citizens' basic needs all the while supporting big corporations, big donors, and the super wealthy--and trying to convince us how much they're helping us. The Republican party has had a stranglehold on our state government for twenty-four out of the last twenty-eight years. It is time for fresh ideas, new listening ears, and balance and civility in our government. I represent that change and can be a voice of reason at the Statehouse. I am asking for the vote of all citizens in District 74 on Election Day.