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Responses to LWV Questionnaires - State Representative - 61st District

CANDIDATE RICK WALKER

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Candidate: RICK WALKER

Political Party: Democrat
Occupation: Owner of Walker Floors & Window Fashions
Education: Graduate of Chardon High School and Hondros College of Business

Qualifications for this office:
I run a Family owned business with my wife. I also sit on council in the Village of Perry. Along with this, I am the representative on our Joint Fire district. This experience will help me be able to negotiate on behalf of our voters.

Name one piece of legislation you would introduce in the next Assembly, and explain why.
I would like to introduce legislation to make it mandatory for lighted/flashing stop signs at cross roads where the speed limit is greater than 35 mph. There are many dangerous intersections in Lake County that could benefit from such a safety measure.

How would you prioritize the state budget?
I would start with the local government fund. Too many of our small communities are suffering due to these cuts. These communities need these funds to provide safe, reliable services to their citizens.



CANDIDATE JAMIE CALLENDER

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Candidate: RON YOUNG

Political Party: Republican
Occupation: Attorney
Education: Mentor High School, B.A. Cleveland State, J.D. Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Qualifications for this office:
40+ resident of Lake County, small business owner, employer, attorney, professor (Kent State), and former State Representative (1996-2004)

Name one piece of legislation you would introduce in the next Assembly, and explain why.
School funding reform. As a state and a nation, we have failed to adequately and fairly fund our schools. We have not updated our funding mechanisms for almost 100 years, and the over-reliance on local property tax has forced school districts to repeatedly go to the ballot simply to keep pace with inflation.

How would you prioritize the state budget?
Schools, roads/transportation, tax reform