Our District deserves a State Senator that will go to Columbus to vote for and propose legislation that will move our local economy forward. Taxes should be cut and government regulations should be streamlined so that we can provide the right environment for small businesses to grow and bring more well-paying jobs to our communities.

Cleveland and the surrounding region is in a unique position to attract new investment from tech companies, given the low cost of doing business and available real estate. Couple those facts with our manufacturing knowledge, and there is no reason why we can’t usher in a new era of tech manufacturing right here in Northeast Ohio.

That being said, an economy only performs well when everybody has an opportunity to participate in the growth. Despite the fact that the War on Poverty was announced fifty years ago, ¬†we still have double-digit¬†poverty here in Ohio. If one thing has proven true over the last five decades, it’s that more government spending cannot, by itself, fix the problem.

We need to bring new, lasting economic development to our poorer neighborhoods. We can do that by easing regulatory requirements on new companies or those willing to move to our region. We can provide tax credits for costs of moving or starting opening businesses, as well.

The surest way out of poverty is through a good education. Children should not be locked into poor school districts simply because of where they live. Families should have the resources and the choice to be able to send their children to a vast array of schooling options. If rich families can choose where to send their children to school, then there is no reason why low-income families shouldn’t have that same ability.

At the same time, there are no better anchors to strong neighborhoods than well-performing public schools. Where schools under-perform, communities lose residents and business investment. Where schools perform well, there is usually a high occupancy rate and a robust economy. Therefore, we have to ensure that our public schools have the support, and accountability, to provide an excellent education to low-income children.

Our elected leaders must respect the Constitution, as well. That means fostering the freedom of speech and the marketplace of ideas, guarding our religious liberty, and protecting our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Our civil liberties are guaranteed by God, and no government should infringe upon them.

Over the course of the coming months, our campaign will be rolling out specific policy initiatives to grow our area’s economy and to make our state government work for the people. If you have an idea that you think we should hear about, please let us know by calling or emailing the campaign. We’d love to hear from you.