Why are you interested in the state representative position?
I currently am the state representative. With the census change and everything, the district has changed. I would like to continue being the state representative. I have four years of experience. And I would like to continue another term.
What can you bring to the table that you think your opponents cannot?
I am in my fourth year, running for my third term. I think the experience is a plus, to know who you contact over there to help the people in the district and the state of Ohio. My district is number one for me. I think that not knowing my opponents very well, that the experience is going to mean a lot. When you get some experience over there you get moved on up the ladder a little more and some experience on knowing how to handle things.
What are the two biggest issues in the district, and how do you plan to address these?
I believe jobs are a major thing in the district and in the state Ohio. The way we plan to work on it, it didn’t happen over night, so it’s not going to be resolved over night. I’m going to work with the businesses and see what we need to change if there are regulations out there that are holding them back on expanding. I think that’s the one big issue. The other issue is education. My understanding is part of the reason we have some job openings is that people are not educated in the right profession. So we need to work with our educators and our businesses together. I think we can make everybody prosper.
Do you feel legislation should be passed to stop double-dipping and why?
I do believe that double-dipping is not what retirement was meant to do in our state-funded retirements. So I do not believe in double-dipping. If you have a job and want to retire, you should retire. Now I will qualify that, that I think double-dipping is when you retire and re-take the same job. I understand that there are people that consider double-dipping anytime you go from one public job to another. To me that is not double-dipping. Double-dipping would be only if you are in one position and retire the mandatory two months. Or even if you just go off and retire and come back the next day. If it’s the same position, then I say “no.”
What would you say are the main accomplishments you’ve achieved while in office as State Representative?
I would like to say that House Bill 64 was a big accomplishment for myself. That happens to be making K-2, bath salts or spice and all those chemicals that make up those drugs, illegal now in the state of Ohio. I think that was a huge accomplishment. That took, in my opinion, too long to get that done. And we’re working on some other bills. We’ve got some bills out there to name roads after deceased soldiers. Those are very important. And not really a bill out there, but working on I-71. We’re getting that extra lane through Morrow and Delaware counties. It’s on the books. It’s going to stay on the books. I checked the lists. The ODOT director just came out with a revised list of projects that they’re going to be able to fund and do. Adding that I-71 extra lane through Morrow and Delaware counties, both ways, is going to get done, and that didn’t happen by accident. With the help of the public, we pushed that through ODOT and told them it was very important to get that done.
Why should people vote for you for State Representative?
I’ve been accessible. I’m active in a lot of activities. People see me around everyplace. If they have problems, they usually talk to me. I get even people at church will talk to me about situations they have. I think that with my experience in being in politics, I know who to talk to most of the time, and I try to get back with the individuals or the groups. I just feel that this is my calling, that I’m supposed to be your state representative, your connection between Columbus and this district. And I want to continue that.