Why are you interested in the position of State Representative?
I’m interested in serving the public as State Representative because I want to bring common sense back to the Statehouse. I feel that we’ve lost some of the common sense that we need. We need to look out for the taxpayers. It’s kind of gotten political. We need to look at the state issues with new eyes and new ideas. A lot of our issues are, we get a lot of career politicians who are more interested in that next election or that next position. I served as a city council member, and my goal after my second election was that I was not going to run again, because we need new blood. We need new ideas. That is why I’m running for State Representative.
What can you bring to the table that you think your opponents cannot?
I have a broad-based background. I have served as a local council member and know the local government. I have an MBA. I run a small business and have been doing it quite successfully for 13 years. That experience is missing. I have no goal of being a career politician. My goal is to go in there and fix things and then leave after serving a proper term so somebody can bring in their ideas. I have a law degree and an advanced degree in taxation. My thesis was on tax structure. And we found out through study that probably the flat tax was the best. That’s the best way and fairest way of taxing, so I would move toward that. With a legal background, I think we need to do something about tort reform, especially with medical malpractice. If we an reduce the obscene amount of money that doctors are paying for their malpractice insurance, it could reduce the cost of healthcare. So we have new ideas that we want to get in there and try to get the state functioning better than it is now.
What would you say are the two biggest issues in the district and how do you address these?
I would like to say jobs and jobs, but those aren’t two different ideas. We need to get good-paying jobs and need to help develop those jobs. That is one of the great things about my background. I’ve helped businesses form. I’ve advised businesses on how to succeed. I’ve advised businesses on how to grow. My background fits in very well here. I know how businesses work. I have a proposal. We would like to give businesses a tax credit for the amount of state taxes that their new employees pay. Because the idea it’s a net-zero sum effect on the tax basis with the new employees. We need to give businesses more incentive to hire new employees. And once they get hires, employees will spend money, which actually increases the tax revenue. So, we need to focus on creating jobs. If we can bring good high-paying jobs to the people, then is solves almost all the state’s issues.
The second issue would be basically a fairer tax structure. We’re making steps that way, but we need to make sure the tax basis is going back to the jobs. It needs to be structured so that employers will hire more people, and it needs to be done so that Ohio becomes a place to grow businesses and to create businesses.
Do you feel legislation should be passed to stop double-dipping and why?
Double-dipping is always a complex issue, and it’s an easy issue, but I think legislation should be passed to curtail double-dipping. Basically you’re getting paid twice by the state government. Retirees should just retire. It’s affecting how people are going about making choices.
What is your definition of double-dipping?
Double-dipping is being paid twice, basically by retiring and getting a state pension and going back right after at that position or sometimes another elected position. You should either be retired or full-time on the job. Double-dipping is costing the taxpayers extra money. It’s basically not fair, in my opinion.
Why should people vote for you as State Representative?
I’m not a career politician. I bring a diverse background. I have an interest in the state of Ohio. I was born and raised in central Ohio. I have an interest in making sure the state is as great as possible. We’re taking steps toward that, but we can do better. We can grow better. My background and knowledge as a small business owner in education would fit very well in this position in helping to address the citizens’ concerns. When I was on city council, there was one rule that I always followed. I voted however my conscience told me to vote so I would never lose any sleep. No matter how I voted, I never lost any sleep. Sometimes the vote was 6-1. I still voted my conscience, still voted for my taxpayers and citizens. And I will do the same thing at the state level.