Why are you interested the State Representative position?
I got elected to the Centerburg School Board two years ago. During that time I’ve really seen, working with the superintendent, treasurer and administration, all the restrictions and the mandates that have come down from the state level, everything from the money, every school in this county is running on a deficit. The education part really bothers me about what our schools can and cannot do. The only way I can take care of this is if I run at the state level and help get things to pass through for the money to come back to the education system, to the communities.
What is something unique that you think that you can bring to the table?
I have a very strong-willed determination. Once I get my mind set on how something should be, operating how it should be run, it’s hard to deter me from getting that job done. I like becoming very educated in whatever subject we’re dealing with, getting aspects from both sides, getting not only what the voters want but understanding the reality of once a bill gets passed, what happens from there on after? I don’t want to get to a state level where people think that I’m doing a job to get re-elected. I’m going to the state level to where I can make a change for the future, not just for the next two years for my re-election.
What are the two biggest issues in the district, and how do you plan to address these?
The two biggest issues are education and the budget. I’d like to see it done more of how we run our daily household. We have so much money coming in; we have to determine what is a priority. In this state, I believe our kids should be a priority ... so when a budget is created, the education system has a pre-determined amount as marked out per kid. And then right on down the level between the national guard, the military, the transportation department ... everything is in a logical order until whatever is left over goes to the items that are the least necessary. I don’t want to get into a position to where the state is funding for reasons other than what is a priority in the state.
How would you go about accomplishing these goals?
What I believe in doing is for each bill that comes up and what I’m planning on doing for the budget, is working with the other Republicans and Democrats, you have to have both on the same table, to just get that done. Set a priority for what the state needs. Attach a dollar amount for what we need to have for each one of those items, and work on getting that through, pushing why it has to be done, getting the backing of the supporters of our communities, getting the state back fiscally and stable with priorities that are set for years down the road of what has to happen for each budget year.
Do you feel legislation should be passed to stop double-dipping and why?
This is a tough subject. I don’t firmly believe in double-dipping. But the problem I have is government itself. Everybody is complaining government is getting too big. Do we want to open the door for government to say who we can’t hire and why, for any reason whatsoever? The problem I have is, if we pass legislation that stops double-dipping, then what’s the next step down the road? If our government keeps growing and growing, what do we need to do to stop it, and take things more at the community level, a personal level to where we don’t rely on the state for everything we want to get changed?
What is you definition of double-dipping?
A person that retires and rehires into a very similar position. I do believe there are certain cases to where there are exceptions to the rule. For the most part, I wouldn’t ever see myself doing it, I don’t like the philosophy. But there again, do we want government getting in to that arena?
Why should people vote for you for State Representative?
This is who I am. I am determined, have a very strong will-power. I love talking with people, listening to them and understanding why they want to get something done for a particular reason, understanding what passions are behind them and what has to be done in the state. I think the state of Ohio is one of the best states. It’s the most culturally-diverse state in the union, between blue-collar and white-collar workers. I believe if we get the budget back on track, be able to create an environment for companies to come back to Ohio to create the jobs we need, Ohio will come back to be one of the strongest states. We’ve lost a lot of representatives in the last couple of years because people are leaving the state of Ohio. I want to see that reversed. The more people we have in the state, the more representatives we have, the more representation we will have in Washington, and the better off we’ll be as a state.