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Responses to Questions - Governor and Lieutenant Governor

CANDIDATES RICHARD CORDRAY and BETTY SUTTON

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Candidate: RICHARD CORDRAY and BETTY SUTTON

Political Party: Democrat
Website: http://www.cordrayforohio.com
Education (Cordray): Grove City High School (1977) Michigan State University, BA in Legal & Political Theory (1981) Oxford University, MA in Economics on Marshall Scholarship (1983) The University of Chicago Law School, JD (1986)

Training and Experience (Cordray):
Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (2011 + 2017) Ohio Attorney General (elected in 2008 - 2010) Ohio Treasurer (elected in 2006 + 2008) Franklin County Treasurer (elected in 2002 and 2004 + 2006) Solicitor General (appointed 1993 + 1994)

What is the role of the governor's office and executive agencies in addressing the opioid crisis in Ohio? What measures would you pursue in office?
Republicans have failed to respond effectively to this epidemic that is ravaging our families and our communities; it now kills about 14 Ohioans every day and costs taxpayers as much as $8.8 billion each year. My running mate, Betty Sutton, and I have proposed a comprehensive plan to address this crisis, the details of which are described at CordrayforOhio.com. We will start by taking the following steps: 1) immediately declare a "state of emergency" requiring the strategic coordination of federal, state, and local government resources and community-based efforts; 2) protect Ohio's Medicaid expansion, which supports treatment, and increases capacity for local enforcement and first responders; 3) expand access and funding for prevention and treatment; 4) provide support and resources for families and improve foster and adoptive services; and 5) replace economic despair with broader economic opportunity.

Under what circumstances is it appropriate for the state to support or to restrain local governments?
As I campaign across the state, I see many heads nod from the rural areas and small and mid-sized towns around Ohio when I detail the relentless war on local governments that the Republican State Legislature has been waging for years now. This must change. It's wrong, and it will not be our approach to governing. We must support the devoted local public servants I know all over Ohio. I am running for Governor in part because I believe that our local governments deserve more. Having served at the local level, I know firsthand the resources required to address the issues our cities and towns are facing. Issues like decent jobs, a strong public education system, and broadband access for all Ohioans. As Governor, I would support restoration of local funds to the state budget. Betty and I will end the war on local government.

What is the role of the governor's office and executive agencies in overseeing online and brick-and-mortar community schools? How will you ensure adequate funding for k-12 public schools?
We will hold charter schools accountable for their performance and for the effective use of public funds--including moving to close failing charters. We believe that charter schools should have to meet the same civil rights, health and safety, and teacher quality standards as traditional public schools. The online "Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow" (ECOT) is a grotesque scandal, which plundered our public schools and left too many children without the education they deserve. Because of the shameful influence of moneyed interests, ECOT wasted as much as a billion tax dollars and still owes the taxpayers at least an $80 million refund for its fraudulent use of taxpayer money. Vast resources were siphoned away from our schools and our kids and funneled to cronies and special interests protected by the Ohio Legislature, Ohio Auditor, and Ohio Attorney General. This scandal demands accountability.

What solutions would you propose to address challenges in the healthcare system?
Betty and I have proposed a comprehensive plan to ensure accessible and affordable health care for all Ohioans. Our plan has six key elements: 1) protect the Medicaid expansion to keep our health care, which is crucial in providing coverage for families, reducing infant mortality, and battling opiate addiction; 2) improve the exchanges to provide more choice, reduce costs, and ensure access across the state--this will help limit closures of local hospitals and clinics that create community health care vacuums; 3) expand children's health insurance coverage; 4) tackle our opiate addiction crisis, which is ravaging our communities; 5) focus resources for women and children, after the State Legislature has pursued a narrow ideological agenda that has hurt women's health programs and undermined children's health; and 6) invest in Ohio's health care industry, which is one of our strongest areas of job growth.

What strategies will you pursue to effectively respond to our changing climate and related challenges for environmental, agricultural and human health? How will you achieve both economic growth and environmental protection in Ohio?
Ohio is tragically missing out on the clean energy revolution. We could be creating more good-paying jobs, revitalizing rural communities, reducing energy bills, and improving our air and water quality. Instead, we rank #38 in renewable energy production and #31 for energy efficiency. This is simply unacceptable. In order to make Ohio a leader on clean energy, we need to strengthen ohio's renewable portfolio standard​. As governor, I will double our renewable energy and energy efficiency targets by 2025.We also need to stop over-regulation that has halted Ohio's wind energy development​.Finally, we need to invest in solar power to create more local jobs​. These initiatives will encourage other businesses from elsewhere to locate in Ohio, both as a matter of corporate preference and because they want reliable and predictable energy bills from power sources that are based on free energy creation, such as from the sun and the wind.

Explain your position on regulation of gun safety, sales, and ownership.
We must take common sense steps to address the senseless killings that we see in our communities and in our schools. Law-abiding citizens should continue to be able to exercise their constitutional rights, but criminals, domestic abusers, and anyone who is at high risk of using a gun to commit a crime should not be able to obtain assault weapons or any gun period. Betty and I will bring everyone together, including law enforcement, community leaders, faith leaders, gun owners, and crime victims to put all options on the table and find solutions that will work in Ohio. We will expand background checks to cover all gun sales in Ohio, and will make sure they are fully funded and effective in keeping guns out of the wrong hands. We will ban modifications like bump stocks that illegally convert firearms into fully-automatic weapons. We will increase support for school safety, including identifying early warning signs and putting school resource officers on campuses.

Explain your position on reproductive health care choices for women.
Having strong allies as governor and lt. governor has never been more important for Ohio's women after seven years of assaults by Republicans in the statehouse. Time after time, the General Assembly has attempted to pass unconstitutional legislation that would take away the ability of women in Ohio to make basic personal health decisions. We saw that clearly in 2016, when Gov. Kasich and Republicans in Columbus defunded Planned Parenthood in Ohio, putting critical health care for countless Ohioans at risk.
As your next governor and lt. governor, Betty and I will put a stop to this and will stand strong for women in Ohio. I will veto anti-choice legislation, and together with Betty, I'll work to restore funding for women's health programs. And we'll block backdoor attempts to drive abortion providers out of Ohio.



CANDIDATES MIKE DEWINE AND JON HUSTED

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Candidate: MIKE DEWINE and JON HUSTED

Political Party: Republican
Website: http://www.mikedewine.com
Education (DeWine): Miami University, 1969, Bachelor of Science in Education (Social Studies) and Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, 1972, Juris Doctorate

Training and Experience (DeWine):
I have served as Ohio Attorney General, U.S. Senator, Ohio Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Congressman for the 7th District, Ohio State Senator for the 10th District, and Greene County Prosecutor.

What is the role of the governor's office and executive agencies in addressing the opioid crisis in Ohio? What measures would you pursue in office?
The Governor must be the undisputed leader on issues of this magnitude impacting Ohio. As Attorney General, my office has: seized over $181 million in drugs; convicted over 2,500 drug dealers; started a heroin unit; invested $17 million in NEW funding to fight the epidemic; awarded more than $24 million in drug prevention grants; and sued the opioid manufacturers and distributors.
As Governor, I will leverage the full resources of state government to amplify these successes. I have created a 12-point Recovery Ohio Plan that details the steps I will take as Governor, including: improving law enforcement data-sharing; increasing task forces that disrupt drug cartel activity; increasing treatment capacity, recovery supports, and employment opportunities for those in recovery; implementing prevention education from Kindergarten to 12th Grade; and providing early intervention programs for families and children. I will also create a cabinet level position to coordinate our state response.

Under what circumstances is it appropriate for the state to support or to restrain local governments?
I am a product of local government. I began my career as an assistant prosecutor in Greene County, and one of my running-mate, Jon Husted's, first jobs was doing economic development work for the Montgomery County Commissioners. So we understand first-hand the challenges of local government and the importance of home rule. We have promised to be good partners to local governments. They carry out a very important job of directly serving Ohioans, and the DeWine-Husted administration has committed to working closely with our local partners.

What is the role of the governor's office and executive agencies in overseeing online and brick-and-mortar community schools? How will you ensure adequate funding for k-12 public schools?
Every parent should have the right to decide what is best for his or her child's education. I will support school choice and ensure access to quality choice options + public, charter, private, and parochial. Our goal is academic excellence for all children, regardless of where they attend school.
The Ohio Department of Education has authority to regulate charter schools, and I will support continued enforcement of House Bill 2, which evaluates charter school sponsors.
I will strive to make Ohio a leader in public education by investing in our schools. School funding always will be a foundational element of our education system. With 608 school districts in Ohio, it is a challenge to design a system that serves the unique needs of a diverse state. However, funding is not about systems. It's about students and giving children access to quality educational opportunities. I will create a more equitable funding system that directs state resources to children most in need.

What solutions would you propose to address challenges in the healthcare system?
I am proud to have been endorsed by physicians at the Ohio State Medical Association PAC in my campaign for Governor. I support protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. I understand that health insurance needs to be there when people need it the most. That includes the traditional Medicaid program, which is designed to primarily take care of the elderly, people with disabilities, and children.
In addition to supporting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, the DeWine- Husted administration will keep extended Medicaid coverage for adults and continue to reform the program, find ways to improve it for the people it serves, and make the program stronger for the future. The DeWine-Husted Administration will support a reasonable work requirement for adults who are healthy and able to work, a wellness program to improve health outcomes for people, and we will work to drive down pharmacy costs that are bloating the program.

What strategies will you pursue to effectively respond to our changing climate and related challenges for environmental, agricultural and human health? How will you achieve both economic growth and environmental protection in Ohio?
As Attorney General, I have served as legal counsel for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, prosecuting those who pollute our natural resources. I have also fought against the federal government to protect Ohio's waterways from Asian Carp and the depositing of contaminated dredged material. As Governor, I will continue to advocate for and protect Ohio's natural resources.
I will rely on science-based approaches to Ohio's environmental challenges, including nutrient loading in Lake Erie and other bodies of water and will bring all interested parties to the table to reach reasonable solutions.

Explain your position on regulation of gun safety, sales, and ownership.
I support the Second Amendment. I also believe in better enforcing Ohio's existing background check laws. More than 1,300 law enforcement agencies and courts are required to submit information into Ohio's background check system. The DeWine-Husted Administration will advance the work I have done as Attorney General to build a 21st century, statewide data infrastructure that will ensure we keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who are prohibited from owning firearms.

Explain your position on reproductive health care choices for women.
I am pro-life and believe that life begins at conception. I also believe in compassion for those who need help, especially mothers in difficult situations. That is why I have committed to tripling home visiting services. These are programs that connect pregnant mothers to prenatal care and other social services, as well as help children reach critical developmental milestones by helping mothers to become their child's first and best teacher.



CANDIDATES TRAVIS M. IRVINE AND J. TODD GRAYSON

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Candidate: TRAVIS M. IRVINE and J. TODD GRAYSON

Political Party: Libertarian
Website: http://irvineforohio.com/
Education (Irvine): Bexley HS (Valedictorian) '02, Ohio University (BS) '06, Columbia University (MS) '12

Training and Experience (Irvine):
Bexley Parks and Recreation Department 2000-2003, Candidate for Mayor of Bexley 2007, Capitol Hill Press Office 2008, Candidate for U.S. Congress (OH-12) 2010, Gary Johnson Presidential Campaign 2012, Central Ohioans Countering Kasich PAC 2014, Gary Johnson Presidential Campaign 2016

What is the role of the governor's office and executive agencies in addressing the opioid crisis in Ohio? What measures would you pursue in office?
It is imperative that we learn from what other states are doing to effectively battle this crisis by fast tracking our medical marijuana program and eventually fully legalizing marijuana. This is a no-brainer -- in states where they have ample medical or recreational marijuana legally available to responsible adults, the opioid crisis is 25 percent less deadly, harmful and expensive. My two opponents are both going to try and fix this crisis by spending more taxpayer dollars on enforcement and incarceration, but the opioid crisis is a health problem -- not a criminal problem. We cannot enforce our way out of it and must focus on the only solution that will reduce addiction to opioids while also bringing in revenue to treat those who need help -- without just throwing them in cages. That is what so many other states are doing and it is high time for Ohio to legally embrace marijuana as well.

Under what circumstances is it appropriate for the state to support or to restrain local governments?
My goal as governor will be to reduce the overall tax burden at the state level by cutting spending, which would leave more money in local areas for the people of these municipalities to decide what to fund and how to fund it. We should not burden localities with unfunded mandates. The state's role in localities is to ensure that the locality is not violating the rights of the people in that locality and to maintain state highways and other essential services, but not much beyond that. Once we reduce state taxes, folks in various municipalities across our state can use their money locally as they see fit.

What is the role of the governor's office and executive agencies in overseeing online and brick-and-mortar community schools? How will you ensure adequate funding for k-12 public schools?
We need to allow the variety of schools in our state to determine how best they can improve K-12 education in their own districts and then remove any restrictions that keep them from doing so. We cannot pursue a top-down approach and must reform how our schools are funded, so that poorer districts still have the monetary means to maintain their programs as they see fit and richer districts don't reap all the benefits. There cannot be a "one size fits all" approach to school funding or curriculum, and we need to reduce the amount of standardized testing on students, increase parents' access to school choice and eliminate any corrupt charter and online schools that waste taxpayer money without producing any results. Ohio's schools have plummeted in the nationwide rankings under the Republicans, but the typical Democrat solution of throwing more money at the problem won't solve it -- we need real, innovative education reform.

What solutions would you propose to address challenges in the healthcare system?
I am the only candidate who is opposed to Kasich's Medicaid expansion and would work with Republicans in the state legislature to gradually roll it back over a four year period, so we aren't leaving folks currently on Medicaid without better, less expensive options. Currently CVS lobbyists are entrenched in our Medicaid program and funneling millions of taxpayer dollars to their own coffers by getting exclusive contracts for certain medications, while PBMs insert themselves between patients and pharmacists to steal up to $225 million from the taxpayers a year. This is unsustainable and like most of the government healthcare programs in our country, is the most expensive way possible to get people the healthcare that they desperately need. We need to make Ohio a true innovator and unleash the free market on our healthcare system so Ohioans can buy health insurance from other states and prescription drugs from other countries such as Canada.

What strategies will you pursue to effectively respond to our changing climate and related challenges for environmental, agricultural and human health? How will you achieve both economic growth and environmental protection in Ohio?
We must address any environmental issues such as toxic algae blooms with a comprehensive strategy that includes both private and public entities. Harming the environment harms everyone and Libertarians are against any abuse against people or their property. We need to allow innovative energy solutions to be created and the free market to flourish so they can expand, but need to maintain a safe and regulated environment for these ideas to develop. I will only appoint qualified people who share this view so we can protect the environment and private enterprise simultaneously.

Explain your position on regulation of gun safety, sales and ownership
Gun-free zones are not effective and gun control efforts don't reduce gun violence, as gun violence is only committed by those who don't abide by laws anyway. It's yet another area where I and my liberal friends disagree, and while I'm no fan of the NRA or it's lobbying efforts, at the end of the day the only thing that ends up stopping a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun. Any gun laws that Kasich and his cronies were hoping to get through the state legislature via DeWine or Cordray will not happen on my watch -- we have very low gun violence compared to other states and the best way to keep it that way is by maintaining responsible and constitutional gun access laws in our state. We simply cannot reduce gun violence by restricting lawful citizens' access to guns.

Explain your position on reproductive health care choices for women.
The topic of abortion has been mostly decided at the federal level by the Supreme Court, so it's important to focus on what we can do in Ohio to keep unwanted/unexpected pregnancies down, even though they are currently at an all time low. We can mainly do this by allowing for more age-appropriate sex education in schools and communities as needed, and by decreasing unnecessary and artificial barriers -- like any "pink taxes" -- to lawfully obtaining birth control, etc.



CANDIDATES CONSTANCE GADELL-NEWTON AND BRETT R. JOSEPH

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Candidate: CONSTANCE GADELL-NEWTON and BRETT R. JOSEPH

Political Party: Green

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CANDIDATES REBECCA AYERS AND ANTHONY DURGANS

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Candidate: REBECCA AYERS and ANTHONY DURGANS

Political Party: Write-In

Candidate has not responded



CANDIDATES RENEA TURNER AND KEITH COLTON

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Candidate: RENEA TURNER AND KEITH COLTON

Political Party: Write-In
Website: http://Ohioturner.com
Education (Turner):

Training and Experience (Turner):
I'm a business entrepreneur I have over 20 years experience in building and creating businesses and selling them turn key. I gave testimony on the House side the Senate side and JACARR for the House Bill 523.

What is the role of the governor's office and executive agencies in addressing the opioid crisis in Ohio? What measures would you pursue in office?
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy is there a state-regulated entity. They should be held responsible along with the pharmaceutical companies concerning our opioid addiction crisis we have currently. I will hold them all accountable and make them pay to fix the problem they created. The Board of Pharmacy knows every single prescription every doctor and every pill that had crossed the counter and how much money was made now they can also fix this problem they will be responsible to fix the problem. Our attorney general was aware of these issues for the last decade along with the pharmaceutical Board of Pharmacy.

Under what circumstances is it appropriate for the state to support or to restrain local governments?
They are Ohio government should support all of the local governing entities. The job of the Ohio governing entity such as Governor attorney general all others are to protect all Ohioans no matter what area they live in. Example when DP&L requested to raise the utilities in Dayton their reason being so they could donate more money to the local parks in upgrading her community. Most people are on a budget or Social Security they cannot afford to have their utility bills increased. It's a local community wants to enhance their Community they can do fundraisers or try and get other funding. I also am going to decrease the age before they are allowed to get Social Security back to 62.

What is the role of the governor's office and executive agencies in overseeing online and brick-and-mortar community schools? How will you ensure adequate funding for k-12 public schools?
I support brick and mortar there is funding we can get from the lottery by increasing their amount that they supposedly donate to the school systems in the state of Ohio I will more than double it to facilitate brick-and-mortar for K through 12 to allow smaller classes and more teachers. There is other funding that can be directed to the brick and mortar to educate our next Generations.

What solutions would you propose to address challenges in the healthcare system?
The medical marijuana industry will make multiple millions of dollars per year those are all self-pay patients that will minimize the use of other insurance entities. There are currently insurance companies getting in place to start covering the medical marijuana patients only therefore that will allow some revisions in the current Healthcare System along with other revisions that will be made. I will also be fighting for our veterans to be able to see local doctors instead of only going to the VA hospitals.

What strategies will you pursue to effectively respond to our changing climate and related challenges for environmental, agricultural and human health? How will you achieve both economic growth and environmental protection in Ohio?
I plan to legalize hemp for outside grow in the state of Ohio we nutrition Eliza's the soil to allow for better crops of vegetables and other products. And also is used as a textile you can make clothes housing materials building materials and CBD medical uses as well. All of the medical marijuana and hemp will be all organic and holistic. We will be able to recycle or recompose all of the hemp and marijuana products to reintroduce into the soil allowing it to self enrich the soil. Allowing for future vegetable planted crops to require less need for chemicals to promote gross and health to the product. The medical marijuana industry will bring thousands of skill level paying jobs period along with I would make tax cuts and give incentives to other businesses to come to Ohio. The medical marijuana industry will utilize current abandoned buildings this will allow revitalization of a lot of towns in Ohio.

Explain your position on regulation of gun safety, sales and ownership
Anyone that has an opioid addiction or mentally unstable should not own a gun I believe people should have guns to protect their homes their family enter property in themselves. I also believe if you are a medical marijuana patient and it is not due to mental illness or addiction issues will be allowed to own a gun. Guns don't kill people people kill people. I think there should be at least a week to attend a period between putting in an application for a weapon to getting one. Better background checks federal background check should be performed before issuing the sale of a gun. Everyone should have some certified training on how to handle a gun and be put in simulators with certain situations to see how they would handle a situation with having a gun. They should have a certificate prior to two hand in with their application for purchasing a gun.

Explain your position on reproductive health care choices for women.
I got pregnant when I lost my virginity at the age of 16 I gave birth to a precious baby boy he is 35 now he is giving me free precious grandbabies. However I do believe if someone has been raped or there child is going to be born with deformities which will in time the child will die of an early age if it is born. I believe there are circumstances were it is acceptable. If a woman is using abortion as a form of birth control I'm absolutely against that I think if they go in and get an abortion the doctor will be required to tie the tubes at the time of the abortion.