Accountability to Voters. A state representative has no purpose apart from faithfully communicating and voting in the best interest of the people—as the people determine. The voice of rural Ohioans has never been more worth heeding, because our state and country have never needed more backbone.
Taxes & Spending. A state has no money apart from what its productive citizens have earned through hard work, innovation, and genius. Columbus owes Ohio the maximum bang for its buck through (i) cutting all wasteful spending, (ii) creating efficiencies through privatization and trimming bureaucracy, (iii) cutting taxes, (iv) encouraging Ohio’s small-businessmen and entrepreneurs, and (v) taking advice from Ohio businessmen and women.
Economy. A thriving Ohio is no less important to our national economy than Ohio’s electoral votes are to determining the presidency. Only by implementing free-market policies, encouraging competition, cutting government waste, efficiently repairing our roads and bridges, and ensuring fairness for people of all income levels can Ohio regain leadership in the marketplace.
Education. Our schools belong to our parents and students. We must prevent Washington lawmakers and bureaucrats from bullying us with backwards incentives into decisions that stunt competition, discourage teachers, and take choices out of the hands of parents. This is why Common Core is bad for Ohio students and families. Policies grounded in freedom and enterprise will make K-12 education better and higher education more affordable.
Health Care. Ohio must continue to do everything in our power to roll back the implementation of Obamacare in our state and protect our citizens from its effects. Health care decisions should be made by patients and providers, not bureaucrats in Washington or Columbus.
Family. Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio’s proud history and the key to Ohio’s future greatness. The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting.
Life. Human life begins at conception and is to be protected under the laws of God, nature, and the state of Ohio. At the statehouse, this means enacting legislation that reduces abortions. In our cities and towns, this means encouraging communities to provide support and safety networks for single mothers and urging fathers to involve themselves in their families.
Human Trafficking. Ohio ranks as the 5th-worst hub for human trafficking in the United States. I support legislation that increases penalties for the real perpetrators of this crime, and I support local organizations attempting to identify, free, and empower victims.
Drugs. Drug abuse has become a scourge in too many of our communities. Drugs like meth, heroin, and ever abused prescription drugs threaten the very character of our part of the state. Local communities and civic organizations must be equipped for the frontlines of prevention, treatment, and recovery.
Roads. Efficient, competitive, privatized repairs to Ohio’s roads and bridges are vital to improving our economy and making our state a home others will want to visit.
Second Amendment Rights. Gun ownership is central to the fabric and heritage of our state. Whether for hunting, sportsmanship, protection, or other uses, the right to keep and bear arms is one of the most fundamental Americans rights and must be protected.