The Lima News sent questionnaires to every candidate in races in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties for this election section. Candidates had the opportunity to give biographical information and discuss major issues in their races. Candidates also had an option to submit a photograph. Only names and residences identify candidates who did not return a questionnaire yet. We continue to receive more questionnaires every day, so check back here soon to see the latest submitted answers.
OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 75TH DISTRICT
[image#1, align=left, size=thumbnail]Lynn R. Wachtmann (incumbent)
Education: Graduated from Napoleon High School; Four County Joint Vocational School in electrical trade
Relevant experience: State representative from 1985 to 1998; state senator from 1996 to 2006; president of Maumee Valley Bottling Inc.; partner in Culligan Water Conditioning. My small business background is a great asset as I work on job creation issues in Columbus.
Years living in area: 55
Major issues: Creating a better climate for jobs and economic growth in the private sector continues to be my focus in the Ohio House. The anti-business agenda of House Democrats and Gov. Strickland must be reversed to a low-tax, business-friendly environment.
Continuing leadership in working with the Ohio Right to Life and other pro-life groups to protect life is always a highest priority.
As an avid outdoorsman and hunter, it is my pleasure to continue my efforts to protect our 2nd Amendment and encourage wise use of our great hunting and other outdoor activities.
The Ohio EPA and the Ohio Workers Compensation systems continue to kill Ohio jobs and need to be revamped. It is critical Ohioans elect John Kasich for governor to fix these areas of government, which are killing Ohio jobs.
As a multi-billion dollar state budget hole looms, what types of cuts do you favor when balancing the budget?
The first place to begin is Medicaid. Ohio’s welfare programs have grown by billions of dollars in the past four years.
I have always believed that one of the greatest parts of being an American is the expectation we work hard and take care of our families and not expect to live off the taxpayers. It is the great American experience to preserve and, in the end, give back to our country.
Many families and small businesses have had to make ends meet with less money in these hard times. All areas of government must become more productive and efficient, as has happened in the private sector. I think the expectation that cuts need to be bad for Ohioans is wrong. Productivity gains are a must for the economy to grow, and that includes government.
What priority do you place on local government funds and state education funds as you consider the budget woes?
All areas of government funded by the state will need to take small budget cuts. Only in government is it assumed cuts in spending always mean less in services. We must hold all state-funded agencies accountable to become efficient. The choice if we do not is huge job-killing tax increases.
What is the best way legislators can help Ohio’s economy?
To a large extent, the answers I have given explain much of my pro-growth economic agenda. A smaller government, which has the lowest possible tax rates and the least amount of necessary regulation, along with a great hard-working, productive workforce, will best suit Ohio to grow jobs.
I hear often from our area employers and see firsthand our great workforce. Continuing to align Ohio government to be leaner and less obtrusive will offer the greatest opportunity for growth.