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2014 VOTERS GUIDE

SUMMIT COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION - NOVEMBER 4, 2014

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SUMMIT COUNTY COUNCIL-AT-LARGE
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3 – TERM COMMENCES 1-1-2015

Summit County Council-At-Large

John A. Donofrio Democrat
Occupation: RETIRED - SUMMIT COUNTY FISCAL OFFICER Age: 66

Address: 67 Sand Run Rd, Akron, OH 44313
Website: 

Education:  Ellet High School 1967
Training and Experience:  over 34 years of county government public service;  23 years as Summit County Treasurer,  9 years as Summit County’s first Fiscal Office,  Complete knowledge of operation
Question 1:  Given the current polarization at all levels of government, what can you do at the local level to promote civil discussions and consensus building?
With over 30 years of experience as an elected official I would continue to bring people together to solve problems and create programs to assist citizens across our county. Too many politicians, Democrats and Republicans, spend more time criticizing each other rather than assisting the citizens who elected them.

Question 2:  Please identify the top 3 priorities/issues facing Summit County Council.
We need financial stewardship, especially for our safety forces.  We need to address the recent flooding issues that has affected Green, Stow, Bath Township and the county as a whole. We need collaboration: regionalism and consolidation in an effort to continue to save as much money as possible.

Question 3:  How should Summit County Council respond to the decrease in housing values?
Because of the 2008 recession, housing markets and values plummeted nationwide.  As the economy is improving, job growth is increasing and predatory lending is ending, the market will correct itself. Values increase when actual arms-length sales prices increase, which will ultimately drive up values for sales and tax purposes.

 

Summit County Council-At-Large

Gary Hagen Republican
Occupation: Age:

Address: 30 Harcourt Dr, Akron, OH 44313
Website: 

CANDIDATE DID NOT RESPOND TO THE QUESTIONS

 

Summit County Council-At-Large

Sandra Kurt Democrat
Occupation:
INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER
Age: 53

Address: 140 Mayfield Ave, Akron, OH 44313
Website: 
http://kurtforcouncil.com

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University
Training and Experience:  Served as Akron Ward 8 Councilperson Jan 2010 - March 2011; Summit County Council: At-Large Representative: March 2011 - Present;  Vice-President: Jan 2014 - Present;  Chair of Public Works: March 2011 - Present;  Vice-Chair of Finance: March 2011 - Present
Question 1:  Given the current polarization at all levels of government, what can you do at the local level to promote civil discussions and consensus building?
It’s actually easier at the local level to build consensus across party lines. Constituents of every political stripe want action on issues like stormwater management and road maintenance.  I have worked with Township Trustees who belong to the “opposing” party, placing progress above partisanship to get the job done.

Question 2:  Please identify the top 3 priorities/issues facing Summit County Council.
1)
Economic development resulting in living-wage job opportunities and increased revenue;  2) Infrastructure maintenance and development including roads, bridges, water systems, sewer systems, and stormwater management;  3)  Increasing collaboration among local governments resulting in improved effectiveness.

Question 3:  How should Summit County Council respond to the decrease in housing values?
We must empower the Summit County Land Reutilization Corporation.  The SCLRC works with cities to acquire vacant and abandoned properties and make them productive.  The land may be sold to adjacent property owners to expand their properties. Or the land may remediate stormwater impact with reservoirs or rain gardens.

 

Summit County Council-At-Large

Bill Roemer Republican
Occupation: RETIRED DIRECTOR OF SALES, AMERITECH (AT&T); SUBSTITUTE TEACHER, REVERE LOCAL SCHOOLS Age: 57

Address: 3616 Southern Rd, Richfield, OH 44286
Website: 
roemerforcouncil.com   

Education:  Bachelor of Science - Accounting - Case Western Reserve(CWRU) Summa Cum Laude MBA - Finance - CWRU Certified Public Accountant
Training and Experience:  My business experience and financial aptitude are very beneficial and allow me to effectively serve the constituents.
Question 1:  Given the current polarization at all levels of government, what can you do at the local level to promote civil discussions and consensus building?
What is most important is serving constituents.  The first step is the creation of non gerrymandered districts.  I proposed county council districts which kept communities whole and created fair and balanced areas but this was rejected.  Additionally, consensus building is created by regularly meeting and communicating effectively across party lines.

Question 2:  Please identify the top 3 priorities/issues facing Summit County Council.
The three most important issues are economic development and job creation, public safety and storm water control. Storm water issues impact constituents across Summit County.  Public safety including the appropriate funding of the Summit County jail is imperative.  Job creation is paramount and leads to high quality neighborhoods.

Question 3:  How should Summit County Council respond to the decrease in housing values?
County Council has supported the creation of the Summit County Land Bank on which I worked before being elected.  Through the Moving Ohio Forward program, numerous blighted residential properties have been removed.  Enforcement of building codes and effective use of Block Grant dollars will also lead to higher quality neighborhoods. 

 

Summit County Council-At-Large

Ilene Shapiro Democrat
Occupation: CEO, SHAPIRO CONSULTING FIRM Age:

Address: 295 Wyant Rd, Akron, OH 44313
Website: 
http://www.electshapiro.com

Education:  Some College
Training and Experience:  Entrepreneur, FirstMerit Corporate Senior VP, Summa Director Strategic Alliances, Two term County Council At Large, Council President, Chair Planning & Economic development seven years, Past Chair Charter Review, Leadership America and Akron, Co-founder Women’s Endowment Fund.
Question 1:  Given the current polarization at all levels of government, what can you do at the local level to promote civil discussions and consensus building?
I can often move our community forward by doing more listening than talking.  By prioritizing engagement of community members, building strategic collaborations, and diligent follow-through, I have seen our community find valuable, common-sense solutions that reduce costs while increasing opportunities for citizens.  Re-election will enable me to continue this work.  

Question 2:  Please identify the top 3 priorities/issues facing Summit County Council.  1) Exercising sound financial management that fosters both short and long-term fiscal strength;  2) Supporting safe communities for our youth, families, and businesses; and 3) Promoting economic development activities that boost our economy, increase incomes, and improve our local talent pool.  

Question 3:  How should Summit County Council respond to the decrease in housing values?
One very positive response is the creation of the Summit County Land Bank. I serve as its’ Vice Chairman. Through strategic acquisition, this organization supports neighborhood revitalization, stabilization of values, and blight reduction impacting 900+ properties countywide. I will continue to work to uncover and implement other such meaningful programs.

 

Summit County Council-At-Large

Debbie Walsh Republican
Occupation: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUMMIT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY Age: 59

Address: 38 Kuder Ave, Akron, OH 44303
Website: 

Education:  1977-B.A.- Bowling Green State University
Training and Experience:  30 years retail management experience (Macy's, Dillard's, Toys R Us); Trustee, Summit County Transportation Improvement District;  Past President, Summit County Safe Kids Coalition;  President-elect, Optimist International, Akron Breakfast Chapter;  28th District Republican State Central Committeewoman
Question 1:  Given the current polarization at all levels of government, what can you do at the local level to promote civil discussions and consensus building?
A majority of the business that comes before county council is non-partisan, these dealings are the business of the people. Currently, there is little discussion on any subject before council. A comprehensive communications plan, using present technology, could encourage more citizen participation and better understanding of county government.

Question 2:  Please identify the top 3 priorities/issues facing Summit County Council. 
1) Address flooding/storm water, an issue that Council continues to kick down the road;  2)The Sheriff's department has many staffing and condition issues at the jail, most recently facing violations by inspectors;
3) Fiscal oversight, some offices can hand out large raises and stay within budget, while others face cuts.
 

Question 3:  How should Summit County Council respond to the decrease in housing values?
The county budgets must reflect a lower expectation for revenue, just as the average citizen would adjust their own family budget when facing the same situation.  Prioritization and proactive work on an improved infrastructure within the county, i.e. flooding/storm water issues, would work to reverse the devaluation.

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COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE
Ron Cable vs Tammy O'Brien
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-2-2015
 

Common Pleas Court Judge

Ron Cable Age:
Occupation:
MAGISTRATE, SUMMIT COUNTY DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT

Address: 2470 Wendling Dr, Akron, OH 44333
Website: 
http://cableforjudge.com/

Education:  B.A., Political Science, University of Akron; J.D. University of Akron, School of Law
Training and Experience:  Judicial attorney and part-time magistrate, Summit County Domestic Relations Court; Additional experience in Legal Aid and as a private practice attorney; federal prison case manager; mediator, Summit County Domestic Relations Court
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
I will strive to secure justice for all by working with community resources to help more people have access to legal representation. I will lead by example. I will work harder and more efficiently, and I will seek other revenue streams such as grants to supplement the court’s budget cuts.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
I have had the pleasure to work under three excellent judges. I am fortunate that all have tremendous qualities and have served as role models: Judge Judith Nicely for her innovations and courage; Judge Carol Dezso for her compassion and temperament; Judge John Quinn for his work ethic and intellect.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
I believe that being a judge is more than putting hours in each day at the court house. A judge should be an active member of our community at large. I am. I look forward to meeting with community organizations to inform them about the role of the court.  

 

Common Pleas Court Judge

Tammy O'Brien Age: 48
Occupation: JUDGE, SUMMIT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

Address: 1625 Orchard Dr, Akron, OH 44333
Website: 
www.judgetammyobrien.com

Education:  Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, J.D, Cum Laude, 1992; University of Akron, B.A., Magna Cum Laude,1988
Training and Experience:  I have served as a Judge of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas since 2011 and have handled more than 4,000 of the most serious felony criminal and complex civil cases facing our community.  Prior to taking the bench, I practiced law in Akron for more than nineteen years.
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public? Each Court has its own phone numbers and staff.  While all Court personnel try to be as accessible and helpful as possible, it may be beneficial to establish a central help line to assist the public in obtaining basic information, court dates, or direction to the proper department or employee.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
My first job as a lawyer was as a judicial attorney for Judge Bill Baird at the Court of Appeals.  He was an intelligent, dignified, compassionate, and respectful judge with expertise in substantive and procedural issues of all types.  These are qualities that all judges should strive to attain.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
My Court has much information available at the courthouse and on our website, and staff is always happy to assist the public.  The Common Pleas Court should increase its presence at community events with informational displays, and establish a newsletter similar to those provided by the Juvenile and Probate Courts.

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COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE
Lynne Callahan vs Tavia Baxter Galonski
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-3-2015

Common Pleas Court Judge

Lynne S. Callahan Age: 57
Occupation: JUDGE, SUMMIT COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT

Address: 2275 Rickel Dr, Akron, OH 44333
Website: 
http://judgelynnecallahan.com/

Education:  BA English, University of Akron, 1979; JD University of Akron School of Law, 1984
Training and Experience:  I have 17 years experience as a judge and have presided over every level of criminal case and thousands of civil cases. I am a former prosecutor and police officer. 
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
Nearly 10,000 citizens will enter the court for jury duty this year. I would improve the current dismal jury room by providing a larger waiting area with private restrooms, vending machines, and a faster check-in process to make the unfortunate but necessary waiting time more tolerable and comfortable.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
Judge Sam Bell--for his unsurpassed wisdom, civility and patience. I can honestly say I have never heard one negative word spoken about him. He was the embodiment of judicial demeanor.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
I educate the public by using my courtroom as a classroom. I host students from grade school to college to observe actual court proceedings and conduct student mock trials in my courtroom. I speak at schools and public groups about my Re-Entry Court, and the court's other specialized dockets.

 

Common Pleas Court Judge

Tavia Baxter Galonski Age: 48
Occupation: MAGISTRATE

Address: 1137 Allendale Ave, Akron, OH 44306
Website: 
taviabaxtergalonskiforjudge

Education:  B.S. Psychology;  Juris Doctorate;  Masters Business
Training and Experience:  Admitted to Bar 1995. CASA guardian ad litem. Domestic Violence Coalition. Mediation. Judicial College. Legal Education Instructor, State and Local. Magistrate's Association. Human Resources. Management. Administration. Lean and Six Sigma Process Improvement. Project management. Leadership Akron.
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
Once I determine budget constraints, I would request an audit of staff, assets and expenditures. I would determine gaps in service and time bottle necks. I would implement staff changes within my control.  Monitor changes and add technology to check-in and check-out points. 

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
Judge Randolph Baxter is my judicial role model because he gave me a motto I follow: From the janitor to the judge, treat everyone you encounter with respect.  Judge Teodosio, is my daily role model because of her demonstrated commitment to public service while enduring personal loss. 

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
Daily: I work with families and fellow employees who can learn from my example.  Public Speaking: I make time for the public. I explain what I do at work, and I always allow questions.  Writing: The public often conducts their own research.

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COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE
Lisa Dean vs Alison McCarty
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-5-2015

Common Pleas Court Judge

Lisa Dean Age: 44
Occupation:
ATTORNEY AT LAW (1999-PRESENT);
CURRENT MAGISTRATE, MAYOR'S COURT

Address: 3857 Heron Watch Dr, Akron, OH 44319
Website: 
deanforjudge.com

Education:  Kent State University, Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Women's Studies, graduated cum laude; Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Juris Doctor.
Training and Experience: Portage and Summit County Prosecutor's Office; Summit County Domestic Relations Court; Guardian ad Litem in 3 counties
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
While courtrooms are open to the public, and what occurs in the courtrooms when court is in session is a matter of public record, a judge must be accessible beyond court time in order to be efficient.  I plan to be more accessible to better serve the public.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
I clerked for a number of excellent judges:  Mary Cacioppo, Judith Nicely, and Carol Dezso.  But the judge whom I aspire to emulate is Judy Nicely because she is fair, thoughtful, and compassionate yet firm; and she taught me the value of service to the public through community involvement.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
I presently volunteer to speak about domestic violence at various high schools throughout Summit County as a guest lecturer through the Akron Bar Association’s Street Law program.  I plan to continue to educate this very vulnerable sector of our community about the role of the Court, particularly on this topic.

 

Common Pleas Court Judge

Alison McCarty Age: 52
Occupation:
JUDGE, SUMMIT COUNTY  COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

Address: 4728 N Ridge Dr, Akron, OH 44333
Website: 
www.judgemccarty.com

Education:  B.A. English, 1984, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL J.D. 1987, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1987
Training and Experience:  As judge, I have handled thousands of cases and presided over a hundred jury trials.  I am a fair, thoughtful, conscientious and effective judge.
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
I am mindful of the fact that those that appear in my court are at a crisis point in their lives.  Court can be a stressful experience.  I work hard to treat everyone fairly so that each person feels that he or she has had the opportunity to be heard.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
I have appeared before and worked with many judges over the years.  I have tried to develop my own style, adopting the positive qualities that I have observed from those many different jurists.  Fairness, open-mindedness, patience and compassion are important qualities that I try to emulate.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
As an elected official, we judges should lead by example, donating our time and talents to worthwhile activities in support of the community. Educating others on what we do through public speaking and teaching is a great way to do that. I enjoy being involved.  

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COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE
Mary Margaret Rowlands vs Beth Whitmore
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-6-2015

Common Pleas Court Judge

Mary Margaret Rowlands Age: 56
Occupation:
JUDGE, SUMMIT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

Address: 2200 Stockbridge Rd, Akron, OH 44313
Website: 
www.reelectjudgerowlands.com 

Education:  1989, University of Akron School of Law, J.D.; 1982, Youngstown State University, B.S. Accounting
Training and Experience:  Legal Counsel, Summit County Fiscal Office, 2005-2008 Private practice of law, 1990-2005, including as a Partner, Whitaker & Rowlands Co., LPA, 1995-2005
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
Because I respect and value the service of our jurors, I work hard to improve their experience. To improve public safety, I use supervised, community based programs to meet the staggering challenges of addiction and mental illness, where appropriate. Improved mediation makes case resolution less contentious and more affordable.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
United States Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As the first women appointed to the Court, one a Republican and one a Democrat, they worked closely in their common quest for justice. Both intelligent and accomplished, they changed the way we look at the judiciary.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
I am always speaking to the public about our court. I meet with students, church groups, neighborhood block watch and community groups at every opportunity. I invite the public to visit and spend time observing in my courtroom. I have enjoyed such visits hundreds of times since becoming a judge.

 

Common Pleas Court Judge

Beth Whitmore Age: 69
Occupation:
APPELLATE JUDGE,
NINTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS

Address: 3346 Smith Rd, Fairlawn, OH 44333
Website: 
 http://www.judgebethwhitmore.net/

Education:  Sociology and Anthropology (Phi Beta Kappa), Grinnell College, Iowa (1967); J.D (graduated top of class)., The University of Akron, School of Law  (1982)
Training and Experience:  Top Secret Control Officer, Security Service, United States Air Force (1968-1972); Lawyer, Arter & Haddeen (1982-1995)
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
I serve the public best by issuing timely, well-reasoned, decisions. I prioritize, obtain essential information, and decide. Procrastination wastes time and erodes public confidence. Justice delayed is justice denied. I engender confidence in the court system, and better serve the public, by consistent attention to detail and prompt action.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
I practiced law for 14 years. My judicial role models were judges who were patient but firm in moving cases forward; companionate and willing to listen; dignified befitting a courtroom but good humored; polite instead of autocratic; humble and accepting of correction by counsel.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
By my example. I  resolve disputes fairly and in time to make a difference in the lives of litigants. Public speaking is helpful, but meaningless if not put into practice. For over 20 years I have educated the public by my actions on and off the bench.

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COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE
John Clark vs Christine Croce
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 2-9-2015

Common Pleas Court Judge

John Clark Age:
Occupation:
CHIEF MAGISTRATE, STOW MUNICIPAL COURT

Address: 1184 Morningview Dr, Tallmadge, OH 44278
Website: 
http://www.clarkforjudge.net/

Education:  B.S., Political Science/Criminal Justice (1986); J.D. University of Akron School of Law (1990)
Training and Experience:  Visiting Magistrate, Akron Municipal Court (1998-1999); Attorney, Keith, Godward & Clark (1996-1999); Attorney, Harry A. Tipping Co., L.P.A. (1992-1996);  Judicial Attorney to the Honorable Mary Cacioppo, Ninth District Court of Appeals (1990-1992)
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
I would foster cooperation between community organizations and agencies to expand successful programs like the Turning Point drug court program and veterans courts, and I would also develop new programs that would benefit the County.  Furthermore, I would seek to increase jail space to house dangerous offenders.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
My judicial role model is Judge Mary Cacioppo.  Throughout her career, Judge Cacioppo consistently demonstrated impartiality and objectivity.  She was knowledgeable of the law, fair and impartial, professional, patient, maintained control of the courtroom, and always listened to and was respectful of counsel, parties, and witnesses. 

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
I would educate the public on the Court’s role through programs that work with schools and community groups to bring people in to observe appropriate proceedings.  I would also develop educational programs similar to those utilized by the Probate Court to educate the public.

 

Common Pleas Court Judge

Christine Croce Age: 47
Occupation:
JUDGE, SUMMIT COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT

Address: 542 Amberley Dr, Uniontown, OH 44685
Website: 
www.keepjudgecroce.com

Education:  University of Akron, 1989 BA - Business & Organizational Communications;  1994 Juris Doctorate - School of Law
Training and Experience:  Judge, Barberton Municipal Court; Clerk of Courts, Barberton Municipal Court;  Executive/Legal Director, Summit County Sheriff's Office; Councilwoman, Green City Council; Assistant Prosecutor, Summit County Prosecutor's Office
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
Accessibility to the Court and the quality of the administration of justice will best serve the public.  This can be accomplished by offering services including treatment for those with mental illness or addiction issues, an established mediation program for indigent litigants and access to necessary information and forms on-line. 

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor is my judicial role model.  As an assistant prosecutor working for her and since she became a Supreme Court Justice she exemplifies how respect, patience, and impartiality fosters respect for the court and confidence in the system by criminal defendants, attorneys and law enforcement.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
The best way to educate the public about a judge’s role is to provide public access through community outreach programs.  As a judge for the past 2½ years I have spoke to numerous community groups and school aged children about the role of a judge and our justice systems.

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COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE
Ron McCarty vs Tom Parker
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 5-1-2015

Common Pleas Court Judge

Rob McCarty Age: 53
Occupation:
MAGISTRATE, SUMMIT COUNTY JUVENILE COURT

Address: 61 Woodbrook Rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Website: 
www.facebook.com/robmccartyforjudge

Education:  Walsh Jesuit High School, 1979; University of Akron, English, 1985; University of Akron, Juris Doctor, 1988
Training and Experience:  Magistrate, Summit County Juvenile Court, 2004 - present; Mentzer Vuillemin & Mygrant, private legal practice, 1990 – 2004; Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 1989 – 1990
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
Courts better serve the public by ensuring that all have a fair, accessible, and efficient forum for resolving disputes. This is best accomplished by taking full advantage of specialty courts, alternative dispute resolution methods, and, for criminal defendants, access to evidenced-based substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
My judicial role model is Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio. Judge Teodosio best exemplifies the right person to serve as a judge in our community. She combines a solid, legal intellect and work ethic with a selfless dedication to the community and an innovative approach to the courts.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
I would educate the public about the role of the common pleas court by making myself available to the entire community for speaking and discussion engagements. I am willing to be present for such engagements, upon request, at schools, businesses, community meetings, clubs, retirement communities, and the like.

 

Common Pleas Court Judge

Tom Parker Age: 60
Occupation:
JUDGE, SUMMIT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, GENERAL DIVISION

Address: 167 Crimson Trl, Tallmadge, OH 44278
Website: 
http://www.judgetomparker.com/ 

Education:  A.B., Political Science (cum laude), Miami University (1976); J.D. Case Western Reserve University School of Law (1979)
Training and Experience:  Summit County Court of Common Pleas, General Division (2009-2014);  Attorney, Parker, Leiby, Hanna, & Rasnick, LLC (2002-2009); Roetzel & Andress, LPA (1979-2002); Visiting Magistrate, Akron Municipal Court (2006-2008)
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
Judges can best improve services by ensuring that their dockets move efficiently.  No member of the public, whether a litigant or a juror, is served by dockets that are delayed.  By setting prompt trial dates.  Since 2009, I have reduced the size of my docket by 26%.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
My judicial role model has been Judge Sam Bell.  He was always even tempered but very firm.  He was always kind to parties to cases and jurors but he was faithful to the law and meted out appropriate punishments when necessary. He was always a student of the law.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
I frequently host groups of students and citizens in my court.  In fact, every citizen should spend at least one Tuesday morning with us as we handle criminal call day!  Also, I regularly speak to various civic groups to explain the life changing work of the common pleas court.

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COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE
Todd McKenney vs Jon Oldham
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – UNEXPIRED TERM TO END 1-4-2017

Common Pleas Court Judge

Todd McKenney Age: 50
Occupation:
JUDGE, BARBERTON MUNICIPAL COURT

Address: 5706 Sherwood Forest Dr, Akron, OH 44319
Website: 
 

Education:  Manchester High School (1982); B.A. (magna cum laude), Hiram College (1986); J.D., The Ohio State University School of Law (1989)
Training and Experience:  Attorney at Law, Leiby, Hanna, Rasnick (2013-2014); Judge, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division (2011-2012); Ohio General Assembly, 43rd District (elected 2010); New Franklin City Council (At-Large) (elected 2009)
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
Having served as a judge in two courts and based on 25 years of experience as an attorney, I would improve the courts by promptly and fairly deciding cases and by serving victims of crime, the elderly and veterans through special programs.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
My judicial role model is U.S. District Judge David Dowd. For four years, I worked in his court chambers and served as his Judicial Attorney. He taught me how to run a courtroom and to listen carefully, ask good questions, work hard and seek to do justice. 

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
In 17 Summit County communities, we have conducted our Good Deeds Program to educate people on how to avoid the probate process with a simple, inexpensive update to their deeds.  We will continue this program for which I received the 2013 Liberty Bell Award from the Akron Bar Association.

 

Common Pleas Court Judge

Jon Oldham Age: 37
Occupation:
MAGISTRATE FOR JUDGE STORMER
SUMMIT COUNTY PROBATE COURT

Address: 2130 Sagamore Rd, Akron, OH 44313
Website: 
www.oldhamforjudge.com

Education:  Walsh Jesuit High School; Ohio University; The University of Akron School of Law
Training and Experience: 
My judicial experience as Magistrate and the breadth of my experience as a lawyer for over a decade, provide me with the foundation to bring quality to our court.
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
For over a decade I represented people and businesses in a variety of cases and I know how to run an efficient caseload.  Trials can be expensive and stressful.  Our Court’s mediation department can be restructured so that more civil cases can be settled earlier, thereby better serving the public.    

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer is my judicial role model; she started the first Mental Health Specialty Court in Ohio.  She is an innovative judge who fosters therapeutic jurisprudence.  I believe treatment can change lives and I hope to start a mental health court at the felony level in Summit County. 

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
Every encounter a person has with the legal system provides for a learning experience regardless of the issue.  As a Magistrate, I am active in the Court’s community outreach program.  I also take time to explain the legal procedures to the people in my court, and to answer their questions. 

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JUVENILE COURT JUDGE
Jill Flagg Lanzinger vs Linda Tucci Teodosio

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-1-2015

Juvenile Court Judge

Jill Flagg Lanzinger Age: 34
Occupation: ATTORNEY

Address: 202 Melody Ln, Akron, OH 44319
Website: 
FlaggforJudge.com

Education:  Heidelberg College, cum laude, with a degree in Psychology and Political Science, 2001; The University of Akron School of Law, cum laude, Juris Doctorate, 2004.
Training and Experience:  City of Akron, Traffic Court and Small Claims Court, Substitute Magistrate (over 5 years); The Law Firm of Hoover & Gialluca, LLC, Associate Attorney  exceeds word limit
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
First, the Juvenile Court needs updated technology and to utilize an electronic filing and notification system.  Many parties are involved in a Juvenile Court proceeding, attorneys for both parents, parents, Guardian ad Litems, prosecutors, etc.  In this day and age, each of these parties should be getting notification of court  exceeds word limit

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh is my judicial role model. Judge Unruh inspired me by living her faith on the bench. Her judicial demeanor was kind, compassionate, and respectful of others. Judge Unruh demonstrated the power of discernment, granting mercy when it was appropriate and protecting the public with tough sentences 
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Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
The two ways that I would educate the public about the Juvenile Court are by speaking to parents and children who come before me while I am on the bench and by electronic communication, such as using the Court website and Facebook. Many of the people who appear in juvenile  exceeds word limit

 

Juvenile Court Judge

Linda Tucci Teodosio Age: 57
Occupation:
JUDGE, SUMMIT COUNTY JUVENILE COURT

Address: 495 Belmont Park Dr, Monroe Falls, OH 44262
Website: 
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Education:  College of Wooster 1975-6; University of Akron, B.S. Education, summa cum laude, 1980, University of Akron School of Law J.D. 1982.
Training and Experience:  Summit County Juvenile Court Judge 2003-present Judge, Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court 1998-2002 Magistrate, Akron Municipal Court 1990-1997 Licensed attorney since 1983
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
Each child must receive services that meet their specific needs so they can be rehabilitated. The Court must continue to use evidence-based practices to develop individual plans.  We received certification from the Ohio Supreme Court for our Family Drug Court, which will improve how we work with families battling addiction.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
I admire former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton for her judicial leadership.  She was able to recognize problems facing veterans and those struggling with mental illness, convene stakeholders and come up with solutions to appropriately and positively deal with these individuals in the justice system.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
I speak to numerous groups, distribute pamphlets and have information on the Court web page.  Since many children that have difficulty reading, I have developed a series of videos explaining the Court process.  We have assisted students in developing a video for their peers on the court process as well.

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DOMESTIC RELATIONS JUDGE
Katarina Cook vs John Quinn

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-4-2015

Domestic Relations Judge

Katarina Cook Age: 50
Occupation:
JUDGE, AKRON MUNICIPAL COURT
PRESIDING JUDGE, OVI COURT

Address: 201 Hampshire Rd, akron, OH 44313
Website: 
www.judgekatarinacook.com
 

Education:  Firestone High School, 1982; University of Rochester, 1986, B.A. Psychology & History; University of Akron School of Law, 1990
Training and Experience:  Attorney for 23 yrs., Assistant Prosecutor, Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Training, Domestic Relations  GAL, Domestic Relations, Mediation training, Domestic Relations Mediator, Magistrate
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
Expediting the process. From when first hearing is scheduled, through obtaining a decision. Divorce and custody proceedings involve one's  intimate personal life and the uncertainty while decisions are pending negatively impacts the entire family, especially children.  If elected, these families in crisis will be treated with sensitivity and expediency.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh - I practiced before her when she was magistrate and then as judge. She epitomized the balance of compassion for those  before her and exercised her duty to dispense justice firmly and fairly. Her spirituality and moral compass will always be renowned in this community.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
By participating in law-related education and extracurriculars, our youth  grow up to be well-informed citizens of their community.  By being active in Akron Bar Association's Street Law Program, and as an active volunteer and mock trial coach, I encourage students of all ages to observe  my court.

 

Domestic Relations Judge

John P. Quinn Age: 64
Occupation:
JUDGE, SUMMIT CT DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT

Address: 2295 WoodPark Rd, Fairlawn, OH 44333
Website: 
www.re-electjudgequinn.com

Education:  St. Vincent High School, 1967; Ohio State University, BA, with honors, 1972; Ohio State University, JD, cum laude, 1975
Training and Experience: Chief Counsel, Civil Division, Summit County Prosecutor's office; Magistrate and Chief Magistrate, Summit County Domestic Relations Court; Private practice of law
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
We have updated our website for easier use by non-attorneys. We are implementing a new case management system to insure that cases are resolved efficiently and timely. All of our staff receives regular training so that knowledge and skills are current and best practices are followed.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
Judge Judith Nicely is my judicial role model. Judge Nicely led the way in developing our parent education programs which have greatly reduced harmful parenting litigation. Judge Nicely resolved her cases efficiently, but with kindness and empathy for the parents facing difficult issues and decisions in our Court.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
Our Court has five parent education programs to explain to parents our Court's role in resolving parenting issues. The programs use alternative dispute resolution to help parents establish parenting orders that are in the child's best interest. I speak to church groups, civic organizations and school personnel about our Court's role.

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PROBATE COURT JUDGE
Kandi O'Connor vs Elinore Marsh Stormer

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 2-9-2015

Probate Court Judge

Kandi S. O'Connor Age: 45
Occupation:
INTERIM CHIEF MEDIATOR/ASSISTANT MAGISTRATE SUMMIT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

Address: 2618 Barlow Rd, Hudson, OH 44236
Website: 
www.oconnorforjudge.com

Education:  Kent State University - 1993 - B.S. Education Cleveland Marshall College of Law - 1996 - Juris Doctor 
Training and Experience:  Dedicated public servant: Habitat for Humanity of Summity County, Board; Friends of Hower House, Board; Fraternal Order of Police Associate Lodge, #68.
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
To improve the services of the Court, I will practice fiscal responsibility while controlling court costs.  I will utilize technology to increase court efficiency and lower the operational costs of the court.  Electronic filing with authorized on-line access will save countless hours of attorney and Guardian time.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
My judicial role model remains a local jurist, now retired, Patricia A. Cosgrove.  Retired Judge Cosgrove has the passion and ability to inspire me to follow in her path, demonstrating a clear set of values, a committment to community and a sense of selflesness and respect and acceptance of all others.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
I would educate the public by the continued used of community outreach programs, informational brochures, access to  knowledgeable staff and an information and interactive web site.  By specifically reaching out to Ohio's aging population, I would seek to educate and inform this population as to the services provided by the Probate Court.

 

Probate Court Judge

Elinore Marsh Stormer Age: 57
Occupation:
JUDGE, SUMMIT COUNTY PROBATE COURT

Address: 343 Hickory St, Akron, OH 44303
Website: 

Education:  Davidson College, BA Honors College; University of Akron, School of Law, Juris Doctorate;  Continuing judicial education and as a Teacher of judges
Training and Experience:  Probate Judge for 2 years plus 21 years in Akron Municipal and Common Pleas Courts. Improved Court services in each court. Extensive community  exceeds word limit
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
I started a Help Desk offering free legal advice in routine matters, closed over 1,000 old cases, began accepting credit cards, began a family mediation program (70%+ success rate) and started Senior Visitor and Volunteer Guardian programs.  A more user friendly website and on line access to records are coming.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
Judges Mary Cacioppo and Mary Spicer are role models.  They changed Summit County with their elections, making it possible for women to run successfully.  Both are compassionate and hard working, kind and community involved.  Both have continuing influence of the best kind on the law and the people here.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
I want people to know that they don't have to "avoid probate". I am in the community weekly to talk about Probate Court. I have two employees with community outreach in their job description. We  updated our informational handouts and are improving our website. You can "like" us on Facebook. 

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9TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE

Eve Belfance vs Julie Schafer

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 2-9-2015

9th District Court of Appeals Judge

Eve Belfance Age: 52
Occupation:
JUDGE, 9TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS

Address: 590 Merriman Rd, Akron, OH 44303
Website: 
 www.judgebelfance.com

Education:  Yale University, B.A., 1984;  Case Western Reserve School of Law, J.D., 1990
Training and Experience:  24 years legal experience; extensive experience as Court of Appeals judge participating in over 1700 appeals and writing over 550 opinions; experience as a former trial court judge and federal judicial attorney.
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
It is imperative that we advance the use of technology to create easy access for all.  As Presiding Judge, I have worked diligently to amend our appellate rules to facilitate electronic filing.  In addition, I have engaged in restructuring our administrative and attorney staffing to place resources where most needed.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
A judge should have personal attributes that reflect the dignity of the court. These include legal knowledge, proper judicial demeanor, integrity, and a commitment to excellence and service. Although I have many outstanding role models, Judge Sam Bell was a very important role model and exhibited all of these qualities.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
When parties are dissatisfied with the outcome after a trial, they can appeal to the Court of Appeals.  A three-judge panel reviews the appeal and corrects any mistakes made. I am committed to public outreach through speaking to community groups, conducting live court arguments in schools, and similar educational outreach.

 

9th District Court of Appeals Judge

Julie A. Schafer Age: 57
Occupation:
JUDGE, AKRON MUNICIPAL COURT

Address: 210 Hilen Rd, Akron, OH 44333
Website: 
facebook-julieschaferforjudge 

Education:  Medina High School, 1975;  Hiram College, BA, 1999 Summa;  University of Akron, MBA, JD 2002
Training and Experience:  Private practice attorney over 10 years, focusing on family law and juvenile law in many different counties. Currently Municipal Court Judge handling criminal, traffic and civil cases.
Question 1:  What ideas do you have for improving the service of the court to better serve the public?
I would seek innovative ways to de-mystify the proceedings at the Court of Appeals level and ensure that best practices are implemented in all areas of the Court to promote equal access to justice for all.  This would include improved use of technology as well.

Question 2:  Who is your judicial role model? Explain why.
I don't have a single judicial role model. Each judge has his/her own style from which I like to identify the characteristics I value and I try to incorporate those qualities into my own style.  I seek to exhibit good moral character, honesty and diligence.

Question 3:  How would you educate the public about the role of your court?
I would promote more visibility of the Court's functions in the four counties' high schools and colleges to ensure the next generation understands the role of the court and its importance as a co-equal branch of the government and to improve transparency and accountability to the public.

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11TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-3-2015

US Representative 11th District

Marica L. Fudge Democrat
Occupation: Age:

Address: 26910 Emery Rd, Warrensville, OH 44128
Website: 
http://marcialfudge.com/

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US Representative 11th District

Mark Zetzer Republican
Occupation: Age:

Address: 3718 Glencairn Rd, Shaker Hts, OH 44122
Website: 
facebook.-ZetzerforCongress

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13TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-3-2015

US Representative 13th District

Tim Ryan Democrat
Occupation: REPRESENTATIVE TO CONGRESS, 13TH DISTRICT Age: 40

Address: 560 Amber Dr SE, Warren, OH 44484
Website: 
http://www.timryanforcongress.com/

Education: B.A., Political Science--Bowling Green University, 1995. J.D., University of New Hampshire Law School, 2000.
Training and Experience: Congressional aide with the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995. Intern for the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office. State Senator in the Ohio Legislature. In Congress, Ryan serves as co-chair of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus.
Question 1:  How would you change Medicare to make it sustainable?
Both the CBO & Medicare have estimated that health cost increases are slowing, but there is still more we can do to strengthen Medicare. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes steps to do that by rewarding doctors and hospitals for spending more time with patients and improving the quality of care – while lowering costs. It closes the Medicare Part D Doughnut Hole, saving seniors an average of$1,200 on prescription drugs every year. Further, the ACA created the Independent Payment Advisory Board to recommend policies to create Medicare savings, while maintaining quality coverage.  Congressional Republicans, on the other hand, continue to champion legislation that shifts Medicare costs to seniors, while giving more authority to private insurance companies. They have now voted over 50 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would increase seniors costs while decreasing their coverage – without presenting any alternatives.

Question 2:  Do you believe it is possible to protect the environment while preserving American jobs? What are examples of how this can be done?
I believe it is crucial that we, as a nation, make the protection of our environment one of our highest priorities. The science is clear, greenhouse gasses are increasing our climate instability, sea levels are rising, severe weather is happening more frequently, and our natural resources and wildlife are being damaged. Environmental conservation and transitioning to renewable energies are most critical issues facing our nation and planet, but there is no one cure-all solution, we must continue to invest in renewable energy sources and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. That being said, I do not believe that protecting our environment has to happen at the expense of American jobs. I believe that alternative cleaner energy solutions are actually the foundation for a new wave job creation across our nation. A shift towards clean energy will create an economic boom – whether it is wind, solar, geothermal, or biomass these are jobs that cannot be exported, they have to be done here in our nation. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I am determined to continue to fight for increased investments into our nation’s energy future.  

 

US Representative 13th District

Thomas Pekarek Republican
Occupation: Age:

Address: 123 East 156th St #1006, Cleveland, OH 44110
Website: 

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14TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-3-2015

US Representative 14th District

David P. Joyce Republican
Occupation: U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Age: 57

Address: 9652 Music St. Novelty OH 44072
Website: 
http://joyceforcongress.com/

Education: West Geagua High School-1976, University of Dayton - BA in Accounting 1979, University of Dayton - Juris Doctor 1982
Training and Experience:  In 2012, I was elected to Congress to represent the 14th district of Ohio. I serve on the influential Appropriations Committee where my priorities are to get Washington on a budget, reduce the scope & size of government & protect your tax dollars. I was appointed, and then elected as the Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney in 1988. During my 24 years in that office, I built a reputation as being a protector of both Geauga County families and Geauga County taxpayers.
Question 1:  What steps, if any, will you take to lessen the paralyzing partisan politics that are preventing Congress from conducting the people’s business?
We need to take off our red & blue jerseys, & put on our red, white & blue jerseys to find responsible solutions to the problems facing our country. Because it’s not only important to changing the culture of Washington, but it’s my hope that by getting to know my colleagues, I can convince them to support important priorities for Northeast Ohioans - like creating good jobs, controlling spending and shrinking our nation’s debt, & protecting our Great Lakes. We shouldn’t have to fight about everything in Washington. One of the first things I did when I got to Congress last year was reach across the aisle & team up with a Democratic Congresswoman from Hawaii to introduce a bill that makes it easier for our nation’s disabled veterans to travel through airport security. As the son of a WWII veteran I know how important it is that we take care of our nation's heroes, so I brought Republicans and Democrats together to get the Helping Heroes Fly Act passed & signed into law by President Obama

Question 2:  What is your position on immigration reform, and how will you work to promote that position?
As a former prosecutor, I believe we need to first secure our borders and then enforce the laws that are currently on the books.

Question 3: What is your position on changing the Affordable Care Act, and what will you do to accomplish your goals?
I oppose the law and I believe we need to fix our broken healthcare system. The administration has written over 20,000 pages of regulations, raised 19 different taxes and spent $1.2 trillion, and we are still going to have roughly 31 million people in the US without health care insurance, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Clearly the Affordable Care Act is not working and I’m reminded by my wife who is still a practicing nurse and my constituents every day that Ohioans deserve easier access to better care, not lost coverage and skyrocketing health costs.
 

 

US Representative 14th District

David Macko Libertarian
Occupation: RETIRED FROM KEY BANK AS AN ADJUSTER, 2001 Age: 72

Address: 28810 Cannon Rd. Solon OH 44139
Website: 
http://www.mackoforliberty.org/

Education: B.A. Degree History Adelbert College Case Western Reserve University, 1964. Graduate John Adams High School, Cleveland, January 1960.
Training and Experience: Member Libertarian Party 1980 John Birch Society 1962. Member American Legion, Veterans for Peace, Gun Owners of America, Libertarians for Life. Libertarian candidate for Congress 2012, 2008, State Representative 2010, American 1972
Question 1:  What steps, if any, will you take to lessen the paralyzing partisan politics that are preventing Congress from conducting the people’s business?
I will conduct people’s business by 1. impeaching Obama for treason, murder, war crimes and destroying the Constitution to set up a dictatorship 2.ending the depression by passing the Liberty Amendment www.libertyamendment.org to sell all unconstitutionally held federal property and repeal the federal income tax and increase average American pay by 20% pay increase forever, abolishing the Federal Reserve System and replacing it by honest money based on gold and silver 3. stopping World War III by bringing all of our troops home, ending all foreign aid, selling our foreign bases, getting the US out of the UN and 4. ending the police state by fully restoring the right to keep and bear arms, abolishing the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and ending persecution of Edward Snowden. I will work to expose Congressmen who are working to enslave us. Paralysis of Congress is better than destruction

Question 2:  What is your position on immigration reform, and how will you work to promote that position?
There is no immigration problem. We have an invasion problem. I favor reimplementation of Eisenhower’s 1954 program, Operation Wetback, which solved the problem without violating rights of Americans and lawful guests, building a wall and manning it with soldiers and marines who should not be stationed abroad if necessary, utilizing modern technology which does not infringe on rights of citizens and a moratorium on immigration until the problem is solved. We need to return to pre-1965 restrictions and limit immigration to no more than 1/10th of 1% per year. We must be vigilant never to allow this emergency or any other to be used to restrict the liberties of the American people as has happened repeatedly. We should never let government decide who works. Because Obama has conspired with the governments of Mexico and other banana republics to greatly expand this invasion, he should be impeached for treason and failing to perform his duty to defend the United States against invasion.

Question 3:  What is your position on changing the Affordable Care Act, and what will you do to accomplish your goals?
I will work to defund and repeal Obamacare. Lenin stated that government control of health is essential to establishment of communism and Obama is working to prove that Lenin was correct. 218 Representative can defund it now if they have courage. We must also phase out Medicare, Medicaid and Bush’s drug welfare program. Ending licensing of doctors and nurses as well as the unconstitutional Drug War, which began in 1914 when Samuel Harrison, a member of Skull and Bones, proposed the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, would also reduce prices, as would allowing interstate purchase of insurance. Health care and insurance are two of the many areas of activity in which the fedgov is restricted from meddling by Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution and the Ninth and Tenth amendments of the Bill of Rights. I have the courage to shut down the fedgov totally, along with 217 other Congressmen, (not a puny 17% for a few days) to kill Obamacare and other evil programs and replace them with nothing.

 

US Representative 14th District

Michael Wager Democrat
Occupation: ATTORNEY, TAFT STETTINIUS & HOLLISTER LLP Age: 63

Address: 40 Ridgecreek Trail Moreland Hills OH 44022
Website: 
http://www.michaelwagerforohio.com/

Education: Michael received his J.D. from New York University; his M.A. from Columbia University; and his B.A. from The American University.
Training and Experience:  Michael has over 30 years of experience in the private sector, is past chair of the board of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority and served on the board of the Clean Ohio Council. Michael is a proud husband and father.
Question 1:  What steps, if any, will you take to lessen the paralyzing partisan politics that are preventing Congress from conducting the people’s business?
For over 30 years in the private sector and as Chair of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority, I have worked together with people of varying political backgrounds to tackle difficult problems. I am running for Congress to promote rational debate and a focus on finding solutions, instead of the broken politics of Washington. I believe that working together, we can create policies that meet the needs of the majority of Americans, promote economic growth, improve our infrastructure and create good paying jobs right here in Ohio’s 14th District.

Question 2:  What is your position on immigration reform, and how will you work to promote that position?
The current immigration system is broken, and needs to be fixed. I support the bi-partisan immigration reform bill passed by the US Senate, which provides a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented workers and increases our border security. Those seeking citizenship who are here illegally will have to pay fines and taxes owed, pass a background check and go to the back of the line, behind those living here legally. I believe this tough but fair approach is both good economics and compassionate policy.

Question 3:  What is your position on changing the Affordable Care Act, and what will you do to accomplish your goals?
There were serious problems with the rollout of ACA that were unacceptable and there are still problems with the law that must be fixed and improved. Congressman Joyce’s reckless vote for the government shutdown was an unnecessary roadblock to fixing the law, irresponsible brinksmanship that stood in the way of meaningful solutions. Congressman Joyce's vicious mission to repeal the law would give insurance companies free rein to raise costs, deny care and drop coverage. He would take Ohio back to a time when people with pre-existing conditions like diabetes were denied care, when lifetime limits on benefits forced Ohioans to face cancer and bankruptcy at the same time and children were kicked off their parents' plans on their 18th birthday.

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16TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-3-2015

US Representative 16th District

Pete Crossland Democrat
Occupation: PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE RETIRED Age: 77

Address: 337 E Bramble Cir, Copley, OH 44321
Website: 
http://www.crosslandforcongress.com/

Education:  Miami Univ. of Ohio, B.A., M.A.; Yale Univ., B.D.; Duke Univ.,PhD.
Training and Experience:  I am well educated in government, have extensive experience, and a record of accomplishments. Elected 6 times to the Ohio House of Representatives, 6 times to Summit County Council
Question 1:  What steps, if any, will you take to lessen the paralyzing partisan politics that are preventing Congress from conducting the people’s business?
I pledge to support reasonable compromise. I am running because the incumbent has voted with the tea party extremists to keep the government closed and to create chaos by not increasing the debt limit. Crises on these items and basic budgeting have damaged government services, hurt the economy, rattled the stock market, and caused human suffering.

Question 2:  What is your position on immigration reform, and how will you work to promote that position?
Unlike the Republican incumbent, I will vote for the bipartisan compromise passed by the United States Senate. This is supported by both major business and labor organizations. A reasonable path to citizenship is necessary to help employers and job seekers. It will improve the economy, contribute to better government, and relieve substantial human suffering in a number of ways.

Question 3:  What is your position on changing the Affordable Care Act, and what will you do to accomplish your goals?
The Republican incumbent has repeatedly voted to repeal the ACA. I will vote to fix its problems while recognizing that its benefits are many: extending health care access to millions, removing the caps on coverage, eliminating pre-existing conditions as a basis to deny coverage and more. These benefits give greater security to nearly every citizen. Ultimately, we must find a way to provide good access to health care for all citizens.

 

US Representative 16th District

Jim Renacci Republican
Occupation: US CONGRESSMAN REPRESENTING OH-16 Age: 55

Address: 521 Leeds Gate Ln, Wadsworth, OH 44281
Website: 
http://www.renacciforcongress.com/

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Training and Experience:  In addition to my 30-year business career, I spent five years as a volunteer firefighter, served on Wadsworth’s Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, two terms as President of the City Council, and Mayor. I currently represent OH-16.
Question 1: What steps, if any, will you take to lessen the paralyzing partisan politics that are preventing Congress from conducting the people’s business?
 I came to Washington because I refused to accept the status quo, and that still holds true today. One of the first things I did when I came to Congress was form a bipartisan working group with Rep. John Carney, a Democrat from Delaware. Our group presents a way for thoughtful members to discuss areas of agreement on a wide range of issues, including budget, tax reform, re-employment initiatives, and over-regulation. We have introduced several bipartisan bills, including measures that would provide more transparency to our budget process and provide veterans with educational and job opportunities. It is critical that we work across the aisle to solve the serious problems our country is facing and work to find solutions that we all agree on.

Question 2: What is your position on immigration reform, and how will you work to promote that position?
I recognize our immigration system is broken. As the debate about how to best fix our system goes on, I am guided by these principles: we must secure our borders first, we cannot put those who have come here illegally before those who have lawfully gone through the process, and we should not reward illegal behavior. Immigration reform will impact every sector, industry, and occupation in the U.S. economy and should be done after thoughtful consideration. I want to see our current laws enforced, our borders secured, and mandatory use of E-Verify. I strongly support legal means of immigration, such as the H-1B visa program. I look forward to the House moving any legislation through regular order with a full and open amendment process.

Question 3:  What is your position on changing the Affordable Care Act, and what will you do to accomplish your goals?
The President’s health care law is bad for jobs, bad for our families, and bad for our struggling economy. Recently, the Administration delayed the employer mandate for the second time, leaving intact the mandate that requires individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. This is unacceptable; all hardworking individuals and families should be afforded the same relief businesses were granted. I recently voted to ensure that that no American will be forced to pay the individual mandate penalty tax in 2014. I will continue to fight to fully repeal this job-crushing, misguided law and replace it with patient-centered solutions that will enhance access to quality, affordable care and lower costs for all Americans.

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27TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-1-2015

State Senator 27th District

Frank LaRose Republican
Occupation: DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BRECKSVILLE Age: 35

Address: 553 Royal Crest, Copley, OH 44321
Website: 
www.FrankLaRose.com

Education: Ohio State: BS Business / Consumer Affairs; Army Leadership School; Special Forces Training
Training and Experience:  During my decade in the Army I learned how to perform under pressure and lead by example. Bringing that experience to the Senate I have earned a reputation as a bi-partisan problem-solver. 
Question 1:  What is your position on women's access to abortion and birth control?
I’m personally opposed to abortion with exceptions for rape and the physical health of the mother I would prefer to focus on public policies that make abortions rare by assuring that women have other choices available to them including access to birth control. 

Question 2:  How would you address the disparity between the minimum wage and a living wage?
An empowered and prosperous middle class is essential for Ohio’s future. Working to make that happen is my top priority.  Sustainable prosperity will happen through private sector growth. We should make Ohio attractive for business by constraining government regulations, reasonably reducing and simplifying taxation while investing in education and infrastructure.

Question 3:  What are the top two issues facing public education in Ohio?
1) Adequate funding-Ohio needs to invest in educating our next generation of leaders for our economy to thrive.  2) Academic Rigor-We must set high expectations and assure that educators have the tools to help students succeed.  This and active parents who are involvement with and supportive of their children's teachers is essential.

 

State Senator 27th District

George S. Rusiska Democrat
Occupation: FIREFIGHTER RETIRED, FINANCIAL ASSOCIATE Age: 67

Address: 914 Pepperwood Dr, Wooster, OH 44691
Website: 
www.citizensforrusiska.com

Education:  Mansfield Senior High; George Meany Center for Labor Studies
Training and Experience:  Legislative Director for Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters Board Member & Chairman, Richland County Mental Health Board School Board Member, Mansfield City Schools Fuel Specialist, 179th ANG Tactical Fighter Group
Question 1:  What is your position on women's access to abortion and birth control?
Abortion is legal in the United States, and is a very personal decision. This personal decision is best decided by the woman it concerns, with respect to her faith, her physician, and her family – not left to politicians. Abortion should be kept safe, and legal.

Question 2:  How would you address the disparity between the minimum wage and a living wage?
A central issue I’m running on is decreasing Ohio’s economic disparity.  Nearly 60% of people on minimum wage are women, and of that percentage 50% are single mothers. Raising the minimum wage is one step to reach a living wage. Another goal is better educational opportunities for better job opportunities.

Question 3:  What are the top two issues facing public education in Ohio?
Proper, legal school funding and closing the “The Global Achievement Gap” are critical issues. Our unconstitutional school funding system promotes higher local homeowner taxes supplementing shrinking state funding losses, yet current politicians won’t act.  Parents, teachers, employers want educated, job ready critical thinkers and problem solvers, not rote test takers.

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34TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-1-2015

State Representative 34th District

Cynthia D. Blake Republican
Occupation: CRA MORTGAGE FINANCE AND LOSS MITIGATION Age: 54

Address: 928 Bisson Ave, Akron, OH 44307
Website: 
www.BlakeforState.com

Education:  Akron Public School, Springfield Local School and graduated of University of Akron. Cynthia D Blake is a native of Akron and daughter of Maxine E Blake and the late Reverend Colonel William W Blake. exceeds word limit 
Training and Experience:  Loss Mitigation Training;  Neighborhoods Reinvestment Training Institute Collection Academy Training;  CRA/HMDA Compliance Training     
Question 1:  What is your position on women's access to abortion and birth control?
Women health issues are just that women issues and should truly remain as such to make their own decisions.

Question 2:  How would you address the disparity between the minimum wage and a living wage?
I believe that  the high unemployment rates in the inner-city areas should be  a national crisis issue.   There is no solution that only provides a positive outcome for everyone.  We should focus on creating decent paying jobs to raise families. 

Question 3:  What are the top two issues facing public education in Ohio?
1)   Parents and lack of liaison support provided for parents to become involved;  2) Funding the state requirements adding  mandates but no line item budget for mandates.  We need to reform the state educational guidelines for middle and secondary education.   We are in the age of technology and need an educational system  exceeds word limit 

 

State Representative 34th District

Emilia Sykes Democrat
Occupation: ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF ADVISOR - SUMMIT COUNTY FISCAL OFFICE Age: 28

Address: 109 N Howard St, Akron, OH 44308
Website: 
emiliasykes.com

Education:  B.A. Psychology (Kent State University); Juris Doctor/ Master's in Public Health (University of Florida) 
Training and Experience:  Member- Florida Bar;  Law Clerk - United States Bankruptcy Court (2011-2012);  Volunteer - Community Legal aid Services (2102)
Question 1:  What is your position on women's access to abortion and birth control?
I support women's Constitutional rights to reproductive freedom. Women deserve the freedom and autonomy to make personal health decisions without the threat of non empirically based policies that hinder their access to comprehensive health care.

Question 2:  How would you address the disparity between the minimum wage and a living wage?
I would advocate for increasing the minimum wage so that people who work full-time do not have to live in poverty.

Question 3:  What are the top two issues facing public education in Ohio?
1) Chater schools that are funneling precious resources from the public education system and; 2)The lack of universal pre-k and early education opportunities.

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35TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-1-2015

State Representative 35th District

Greta Johnson Democrat
Occupation: ASSISTANT PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, POLICE LEGAL ADVISOR - CITY OF AKRON Age: 37

Address: 2220 Cambridge Ct, Akron, OH 44319
Website: 
facebook-ElectGreta &
gretajohnson.com

Education: The University of Akron:  B.A. Secondary Education, M.A. Higher Education, Juris Doctor
Training and Experience:  Prosecuting Attorney for ten years;  Board of Directors, Akron Children's Museum;  Married with two children.
Question 1:  What is your position on women's access to abortion and birth control?
I support and will fight to protect a woman's access to a safe and legal abortion.  Access to readily available and affordable birth control is an essential component of healthcare for women. I will work to ensure and preserve the ability of women to acquire birth control.

Question 2:  How would you address the disparity between the minimum wage and a living wage?
I will advance the conversation by demonstrating that raising the minimum wage does not thwart job creation as is argued by opponents.

Question 3:  What are the top two issues facing public education in Ohio?
1) The funding of our public schools; and 2)The impact of Charter Schools (and the lack of transparency required of them) on the enrollment and funding of our public schools.

 

State Representative 35th District

Linda Robinson Republican
Occupation: Age:

Address: 1754 Hampton Rd, Akron, OH 44305
Website:  
 

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36TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-1-2015

State Representative 36th District

Anthony DeVitis Republican
Occupation: Age:

Address: 3946 Golden Wood Way, Uniontown OH 44685
Website: 
http://www.anthonydevitis.com/

CANDIDATE DID NOT RESPOND TO THE QUESTIONS

 

State Representative 36th District

Paula Prentice Democrat
Occupation: SUMMIT COUNTY COUNCIL, RETIRED  TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL Age: 66

Address: 4235 Aldawood Hills Dr, Akron, OH 44319
Website: 
http://paulaprentice.com/

Education: Bachelor of Sciences at Kent State University Masters in Curriculum Instruction from Akron University
Training and Experience:  10 years as a Summit County Councilwoman;            9 years as Health & Human Services Chair; 4 years on National Association of Counties Organization (NACO); 3 years as vice-Chair of Human Services and Education
Question 1:  What is your position on women's access to abortion and birth control?
I believe what a woman does with her body is a decision that she alone can make. Having an abortion should be a decision a woman makes after consulting her doctor, family and faith as she sees fit.

Question 2:  How would you address the disparity between the minimum wage and a living wage?
I believe in increasing the minimum wage so it is a living wage. The price of cost of living has skyrocketed in the last ten years and the minimum wage has not caught up. It is time to provide a living wage for Ohio residents.

Question 3:  What are the top two issues facing public education in Ohio?
The top two issues facing public education in Ohio are funding and lack of transparency to charter schools. We need to be financially support of our public schools instead of using those resources in unregulated and for profit charter schools.

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37TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-1-2015

State Representative 37th District

Kristina Daley Roegner Republican
Occupation: STATE REPRESENTATIVE 37TH HOUSE DISTRICT Age: 45

Address: 2222 E Streetboro Rd, Hudson, OH 44685
Website:  
 
kristinadaleyroegner.com

Education:  BSME Tufts University: 1990 cum laude; MBA Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania): 1995
Training and Experience: Mechanical Engineer - Westinghouse Power Generation 1990-1993; Management Consultant  -  McKinsey & Co.  1995-2001; Small business owner - The Language Lodge 2003-2010;  Hudson City Council 2005-2010; State Representative 2011- present
Question 1:  What is your position on women's access to abortion and birth control?
As a woman and a mother of 3 daughters, I understand the sanctity of life and am 100% pro-life.  I believe that life begins at conception so I do not support abortion unless to save the life of the mother.

Question 2:  How would you address the disparity between the minimum wage and a living wage?
I believe in the strength of the free market system. The balance between supply and demand, the benefits of competition and hard work have made this nation great.  If businesses want to hire the best workers they will offer competitive wages without government interference.   To learn more visit kristinadaleyroegner.com

Question 3:  What are the top two issues facing public education in Ohio?
The top two issues facing public education are: 1. The Common Core State Standards: Should Ohio continue with these standards or adopt others?;
2. Career readiness:  How do we ensure that students are fully prepared for a successful career whether through college or skilled trade?

 

State Representative 37th District

David Worhatch Democrat
Occupation: ATTORNEY AT LAW Age: 59

Address: 1595 Plantation Dr, Hudson, OH 44685
Website: 
www.davidforohio.com

Education:  Juris Doctor, Notre Dame Law School, 1979 Bachelors of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Economics, Duquesne University, 1976 Bachelor of the Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Political Science, Duquesne University, 1976
Training and Experience:  Former in-house counsel.  Former Hudson Township Trustee and Councilman.  Service on numerous civic and charitable boards and professional  exceeds word limit
Question 1:  What is your position on women's access to abortion and birth control?
The decision to raise a child, choose adoption, or end a pregnancy is best left to the individual woman in consultation with her family, her faith, and her doctor.  In co-sponsoring or helping three anti-abortion bills to pass, my opponent continues to place politicians between women and their doctors.

Question 2:  How would you address the disparity between the minimum wage and a living wage?
Increase the minimum wage.  This is not a “job-killing” measure, but rather one that will broaden the economic base and drive the economy’s engine as aggregate disposable income will increase.  With increased demand, more high-quality jobs offering greater wages and benefits will be created. 

Question 3:  What are the top two issues facing public education in Ohio?
Investing in public schools and universities while supporting teachers and honoring constitutional duties requiring the state to provide fair and equitable opportunities.  Overhauling charter school regulations to demand performance and accountability, subject use of public funds to periodic audit, and subject administrators to “sunshine” and public records laws. 

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38TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-1-2015

State Representative 38th District

Tim Crawford Democrat
Occupation:
NATIONWIDE INSURANCE AGENT
Age: 63

Address: 3990 S Cleveland Massillon Rd, Norton, OH 44203
Website: 

Education: Barberton High School, Kent State University and Salem College (attended); Graduate of the Pittsburg Institute of Mortuary Science
Training and Experience: Government service includes Summit County Council (1994 – present); Served as president of Summit County Council (1995 and 2000); Served as mayor of Norton (elected 1988); Served as chairman of the exceeds word limit
Question 1:  What is your position on women's access to abortion and birth control?
I am endorsed by Planned Parenthood. Every woman should have the right to chose when it comes to birth control and abortion. Every woman should have easy access to her options when it comes to birth control and abortion.

Question 2:  How would you address the disparity between the minimum wage and a living wage?
We need to raise the minimum wage amount to accommodate the cost of living.

Question 3:  What are the top two issues facing public education in Ohio?
I am a strong believer in the public school system. Funding is one of the major issues facing our public education system. Funding with tax dollars should go to public schools. Safety in the public schools is also a top issue.

 

State Representative 38th District

Marilyn Slaby Republican
Occupation: Age:

Address: 527 Cheswyck Ct, Copley, OH 44321
Website:  facebook-marilynslabyforstaterepresentative

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STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION 5TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – UNEXPIRED TERM ENDING 12-31-2016
 

State Board of Education 5th District

Michael J. Grusenmeyer Age: 63
Occupation: FAMILY DOCTOR

Address: 2756 Forestview Ave, Rocky River, OH 44116
Website:  http://www.drmichaelcares.com/

Education: High school: Saint Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio College: University of Michigan. B.S., Zoology Medical school: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan
Training and Experience: Family doctor and emergency physician. Cared for the mental and physical health of children for the last 25 years. Parent of a student, Rocky River High School. Teacher, medical students. Chief University Physician, Kent State University2009-10
Question 1:  What can the State Board of Education do to ensure that all school districts comply with Operating Standards for Ohio's Schools?
The Board of Education makes the operating standards and sends them to the school districts. To ensure that all school districts comply, we can 1.) Ensure that the Department of Education has sufficient staff to oversee the standards, 2.) Ensure that the Department of Education is able to answer questions and challenges to the standards, and 3.) Regularly review and, if necessary, change the operating standards to provide updated and appropriate guidelines for the continued improving quality of Ohio schools.

Question 2:  How can the State Board of Education ensure a quality education for all Ohio students considering that community (charter) schools are permitted to follow different standards for graduation, course requirements, and teacher licensing and evaluations, when compared to traditional public schools?
The Board of Education can implement 1.) A uniform transparent accounting system and 2.) A common academic accountability system - unless the school qualifies for a rare exception, such as new, bold experimental education or special education/special needs students.

Question 3: What advantages and/or disadvantages do you see in the implementation of Common Core standards for Ohio’s public schools?
I am in favor of the implementation of Common Core. The curriculum was developed on a nationwide basis and includes some nice innovations, for example, in Mathematics and in ELA (English, Language, Arts). The curriculum is good. However, I believe that the schools need more time for the new standards to take effect, especially before putting them into the required testing. Grade school children get these standards right away but middle school students did not get this same foundation at an early age. My advice would be to implement but go more slowly.
Question 4: What can the State Board of Education do to ensure that all charter schools and other nonpublic schools that accept taxpayer financial support (including vouchers) are accountable to the public that supports them?
The Board of Education cannot change laws enacted by the legislature. However, I can and will work with the legislature and the governor, all of whom are elected by the people, to ensure support for a fair and equitable accountability system.

 

State Board of Education 5th District

Brad Lamb Age:
Occupation:
 

Address: 31167 Muirfield Way, Westlake, OH 44202
Website: 

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State Board of Education 5th District

Roslyn Painter-Goffi Age: 65
Occupation: RETIRED TEACHER/LIBRARIAN, BEREA

Address: 12283 Corinth Court, Strongsville, Ohio 44149
Website:  http://votepaintergoffi.com/

Education: Muhlenberg College – BA English (71) University of Pittsburgh – MLS (72) Duquesne University – Teaching License (74)
Training and Experience: I am an educator with over 30 years of experience. I have worked at all levels of public schools but the majority of my experience was in middle school education. I was active in my local union, the Berea Federation of Teachers.
Question 1:  What can the State Board of Education do to ensure that all school districts comply with Operating Standards for Ohio's Schools?
The State Board of Education can streamline the standards and instruct the ODE to employ or reassign employees to provide better oversight and compliance with these standards.

Question 2:  How can the State Board of Education ensure a quality education for all Ohio students considering that community (charter) schools are permitted to follow different standards for graduation, course requirements, and teacher licensing and evaluations, when compared to traditional public schools?
The State School Board should hold all schools that receive any public money to the same rigorous academic and financial standards.

Question 3: What advantages and/or disadvantages do you see in the implementation of Common Core standards for Ohio’s public schools?
The biggest advantage in the implementation of the Common Core Standards is that all districts and states will be using the same standards. This will guarantee equity for students regardless of geography or income status. It will also allow teachers to collaborate and develop best practices. Finally, these standards will help all students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that will allow them to compete in a global world since these standards are benchmarked to international standards. Two major disadvantages: (1) students and teachers need time to adjust to these new standards before high stakes tests associated with these standards begin. (2) Time and money needed needed to ensure successful implementation.
Question 4: What can the State Board of Education do to ensure that all charter schools and other nonpublic schools that accept taxpayer financial support (including vouchers) are accountable to the public that supports them?
The State Board of Education can require more and better transparency of the use of public taxpayer dollars and the student performance data as a prerequisite for receiving money. As stated previously, any school receiving public money should be held to the same academic and financial standards or reporting that are required of public schools.

 

State Board of Education 5th District

Chris M. Sawicki Age: 35
Occupation: BUSINESS OWNER/CONTRACTOR

Address: 360 Forest Meadows Dr, Medina, OH 44256
Website: 

Education: Brunswick High School, 2 Years Trade School at Medina County Career Center
Training and Experience: I'm the parent of 2 elementary students, a business owner, and concerned citizen. I will be the voice of the parents and taxpayers in district 5. My greatest qualification is my willingness to be hands on, get involved, and listen to your concerns.
Question 1:  What can the State Board of Education do to ensure that all school districts comply with Operating Standards for Ohio's Schools?
I am a proponent of local control, the state should be establishing benchmarks and goals, how the individual districts reach those benchmarks should be at their discretion. School budget needs are ever growing, and any attempt at enforcing stricter compliance regulations would certainly result in additional costs. I'm not sure that is the most critical area we need to spend tax dollars on.

Question 2:  How can the State Board of Education ensure a quality education for all Ohio students considering that community (charter) schools are permitted to follow different standards for graduation, course requirements, and teacher licensing and evaluations, when compared to traditional public schools?
No parent is forced to send their child to a charter school. These parents are looking for an alternative to traditional government run schools. If they feel their child is not getting a quality education, they can return to public schooling. Don't get me wrong, charter schools desprately need some stricter oversight, and better regulation by the state. However, public school is not the best fit for every family. I support fully the parents right to choose, whether it's a charter, public, private, or home schooling.

Question 3: What advantages and/or disadvantages do you see in the implementation of Common Core standards for Ohio’s public schools?
I am firmly against the Common Core standards, and would like to see their full repeal. I have talked to hundreds of parents that are beyond frustrated with Common Core. Parents like myself are concerned about a curriculum that was designed with virtually no input from educators, and relies heavily on standardized tests. Aside from that, CC collects data on our children, skips fundamental building blothecks of education to jump to more advanced areas, and when social studies are implemented, makes some disturbing misrepresentations of American History. Parents don't like what they see, and they don't want it.
Question 4: What can the State Board of Education do to ensure that all charter schools and other nonpublic schools that accept taxpayer financial support (including vouchers) are accountable to the public that supports them?
There needs to be standards in place to qualify for public money. If these schools fail to comply with these standards, they lose their public funding. We should under no circumstance be funding a failing business with your tax dollars. I'm not a fan of government regulation, but I can't even believe we allow schools to operate with such a minute amount of accountability. Addressing this issue needs to be a top priority for this board.

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STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION 7TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 1 – TERM COMMENCES 1-1-2015

State Board of Education 7th District

Michael Charney Age: 64
Occupation: RETIRED TEACHER

Address: PO Box 686 North Kingsville, OH 44068
Website: 
http://Charney2014.com

Education: College graduate Graduate classes
Training and Experience: Over thirty years as a classroom teacher. Knows first hand how high stakes testing distorts teaching and learning for both students and teachers. National Teacher of the Year and Ohio MLK Humanitarian Award from Gov. Voinovich. Five time ODE Innovative teaching award winner. Policy experience as education advisor to my wife State Rep and State Senator CJ Prentiss
Question 1:  Do community (charter) schools need increased scrutiny and accountability for taxpayers' funds they expend? Explain.
I will shine the light on for profit online charter schools that drain hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars from District 7 public schools. In most cases there are not even brick and mortar charter schools in the public school district. These online for-profit schools are experts at marketing but have a 35% gradution rate. We need: 1. Tranparency where the public can see how the tax dollars are spent, how decisions are made and what is taking place in the classrooms or at home 2. A level playing field where charter schools operate with the same public protections for teachers, students, testing, and curriculum. 3. We need to revisit the orginal purpose of charter schools as established in 1997 so that charter schools fill a new and unique need in areas such as curriculum or classroom instruction.. There is no need to duplicate what already is available in traditonal public schools where charters often do a poor job of educating all children

Question 2:  What would be your priorities if elected to the State Board of Education?
1. I would reduce the over reliance on high stakes testing for students, schools and teachers. I would place most of the assessment and curriculum decisions in the hands of thougtful teachers, superintendents, and principals. In that way students would have a well rounded education, not one where they are seen as only a test score. 2. I would shine the light on unaccountable for-profit charter shcools (See the answer to the charter school question above) 3. I would focus attention on the "word gap" where some children enter kindergarten with beiing exposed to tens of thousands of words while other chiildren have little exposure. I will lead a state wide campaign to place home libraries in the homes of three and four years olds, a researched based direction that will increase reading, increase the exposure to experiences that prepare students, and increase familiarity with the written word so children will be prepared for learning when they enter public school.

 

State Board of Education 7th District

Sarah Fowler Age:
Occupation: OFFICE ASSISTANT

Address: 2952 State Route 45, Rock Creek, Ohio 44084
Website: 
http://www.electsarahfowler.net

Education: Homeschool graduate 2007, 'English as a Second Language' Instructor Training, Business Operations, Bookkeeping and Management Training
Training and Experience: Small business owner 1999-2012, Taught hands-on skills to adults and children in the United States and in Mexico, State Board of Education Member January 2013 - present, Vice-Chair of Operating Standards Review Committee.
Question 1:  Do community (charter) schools need increased scrutiny and accountability for taxpayers' funds they expend? Explain.
Every school receiving public funds should be held accountable to parents and taxpayers, while allowing students’ flexibility and opportunity to learn in an environment that best suits their individual needs. Community schools are funded through Ohio’s General Fund and do not receive local property tax dollars (with the exception of the Cleveland and Columbus Plans). The state could improve existing accountability measures by clarifying the type and amount of training that new community school board members must receive upon commencement of their duties and by enabling sponsors to strengthen and fulfill their oversight role by withholding funding from schools that are not meeting operating requirements. I support good stewardship of taxpayer monies and accountability for all public schools, including community schools.

Question 2:  What would be your priorities if elected to the State Board of Education?
If re-elected, I will continue to advocate for true local control of Ohio’s public schools, parental involvement and accountable, high quality education opportunities for all children. I am concerned about the Common Core State Standards because I believe that local school boards should direct their standards, curriculum and assessments, rather than unaccountable lobbyist groups in Washington, DC. I believe teachers and principals should continue to be evaluated at a local level, with effectiveness and quality determined by the superintendent and school board that hired them and the parents they are serving, rather than by state officials unaware of local circumstances and student needs. Parents must retain the ability to choose the best education option for their children. I strive to preserve the voice of my constituents by fairly representing all forms of education including traditional public schools, community schools, private schools, religious schools and homeschooling.

 

State Board of Education 7th District

Sarah Freeman Age:
Occupation:
 

Address: 775 Lake Trail Aurora OH 44202
Website: 

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State Board of Education 7th District

David A Spencer Age: 73
Occupation: RETIRED EDUCATOR

Address: 7727 Diagonal Road Kent OH 44240
Website: 
http://spencerforohioschools.com

Education: M.Ed., Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1972, Theoretical Foundations in Education B.A., Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas, 1963, Elementary Education
Training and Experience: Principal, 1980 – 1997, Kent City Schools Teacher, 1964 – 1980, Kent City Schools Adjunct Instructor, Ashland University, 1999 – 2010, Kent State, 2001 – 2011 Martha Holden Jennings Scholar Award for excellence in teaching
Question 1:  Do community (charter) schools need increased scrutiny and accountability for taxpayers' funds they expend? Explain.
Yes. State allocated per pupil dollars follow the student to the charter school. This has resulted in public schools losing millions of dollars to charters. Incremental charter funding based on school performance might be considered with a cap that is less than the total allocated for each public school student. Greater vigilance is needed, but the State Department of Education is burdened by legislative tinkering. Educating children should not be at the whims of political idealogues. We need to recapture the American ideal of the common public school. Yet, of the 367 charters in 2014, some have been outstanding. Among those has been the Columbus Preparatory Academy which offers a choice to urban bound students. Whether a school is struggling with violence, racism, or academics, it must be conceded that excellent charters may be the ticket to the future for some students. I would not want to deprive them that.

Question 2:  What would be your priorities if elected to the State Board of Education?
My priorities would be: ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: I would work to eliminate charter school abuses and promote fair funding of public schools. I would focus on hiring and retaining great teachers. I would also support parents with programs to help them understand and participate in their child’s education. BUILD CHARACTER: I would emphasize ethics in school culture to promote civility. I’d also work to improve the culture in Columbus. Politicians and Board members need to drop political agendas and work together to do what is best for Ohio’s school children. CREATE SUCCESS: I would seek to reduce the amount of testing to allow more in-depth teaching and learning. I would encourage earlier intervention in childhood literacy problems as an alternative to the third grade reading guarantee. I’d move forward with education standards adopted by over forty states to prepare students for college and careers while maintaining local control of curriculum.

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