Candidate Name:
John Rogers

Political Party:
Democrat

Contact Information:
5428 Pinehill Drive., Mentor on the Lake, OH 44060

Campaign Website:
https://www.friendsofrogers.com/

Occupation:
State Representative for Ohio’s 60th House Districtin the Ohio General Assembly. Executive Director, Lake County Land Reutilization Corporation – https://lakecountylandbank.org. Attorney licensed to practice law in Ohio.

Education:
Master of Law in Tax, University of Alabama School of Law, Juris Doctor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Master of Business Administration, John Carroll University, Bachelor of Arts, chemistry, Hiram College, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Cuyahoga Community College, Cathedral Latin School

Qualifications for this office:
A multitude of experiences including 8 years as a legislator representing the 60th House District in Lake County, close to 20 years as the Mayor and Safety Director of Mentor-on-the-Lake, responsible for the creation of the Lake County Land Bank to help communities with the removal of blighted structures while… (answer truncated for exceeding word limitation of 50 words).

In light of the decreased revenue due to the economic downturn, where do you anticipate making cuts?
In my experiences with the budgetary process, I have learned that it is necessary to meet with each department head in an effort to thouroughly understand their budgetary priorities. Suggesting how to best utilize available resources without having completed a thorough overview would be premature. Collaboration is essential to achieving… (answer truncated for exceeding word limitation of 50 words).

What is your position on regional planning and cooperation?
I wholeheartedly endorse the concept of regional planning and cooperation. Recently, I introduced HB 631 ( bi-partisan legislation) – to authorize municipal corporations to establish regional economic development alliances for the sharing of services or resources among alliance members: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA133-HB-631

Assuming that you are elected, what is your top priority other than the budget?
I would like to explore the creation of a county wide mental health court. A significant number of individuals find themselves in trouble with the law, frequently have mental health issues that are not being addressed. Medicinally non-compliant they commit a crime, end up in jail, receive mental health treatment,… (answer truncated for exceeding word limitation of 50 words).