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Candidates: Ohio House of Representatives, 76th District


August 24. 2013 4:49PM
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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, 76TH DISTRICT



Jeffrey Detmer



Party: Democrat



Residence: Lincolnshire Lane, Findlay





[image#1, align=left, size=thumbnail]Steven Gossard



Party: Independent



Residence: Bigler Road, Wapakoneta



Age: 35



Campaign website: www.VoteForGossard.com



Education: Bachelorís degree in accounting with minor in business from Bluffton University; associateís degree in accounting from Rhodes State College



Relevant experience: I am not a career politician. I am just an average workingman trying to bring back common sense and fiscal responsibility to our state government.



Years living in area: All my life, other than when I services in the U.S. Marine Corps



Major issues:



The largest issue facing Ohioans is jobs! The unemployment rate in the 76th District is 9.4 percent; Hardin County is being hit the hardest at 11 percent. Jobs and the economy is my No. 1 priority. I am open to any and all ideas that will help bring back jobs to our district and state.



I believe our elected officials should actively be using their influence to do what they can to attract companies to Ohio. If this means giving tax credits, as an incentive for them to come, then I would be in favor it.



Hereís an example. House Bill 6 was passed in the statehouse last year, giving tax credits to motion picture productions. If I was representing my district in Columbus, I would have voted in favor of this bill. I believe the tax credits would help to persuade some film directors to take a second look at Ohio, along with creating employment opportunities and much-needed revenue to our state.



As a representative, I would reevaluate existing regulations that may be prohibiting business from wanting to come to Ohio and try to get them repealed. I strongly support small entrepreneurs, they are the backbone of many our communities. I will strive to foster a friendlier business environment and to make the government agencies more efficient.



As a multi-billion dollar state budget hole looms, what types of cuts do you favor when balancing the budget?



In regards to the budget, there is nothing sacred. Everything needs to be looked at and evaluated to see if there is any waste or inefficiencies in the department or division.



What priority do you place on local government funds and state education funds as you consider the budget woes?



I understand how important it is for the local government and state education to receive funds, but I firmly believe that everything needs to be looked at and evaluated to see if there is any waste or inefficiencies in the department or division.



What is the best way legislators can help Ohioís economy?



The legislators need to get the spending under control, first and foremost. They need to repeal bad regulations and to reevaluate our current tax structure in the State of Ohio. They need to reduce the tax burden being placed on both small business owners and the common ordinary citizen. I, like my opponent, am in favor of getting rid of the estate tax in Ohio.



[image#2, align=left, size=thumbnail]Cliff Hite (incumbent)



Party: Republican



Residence: Westmoor Road, Findlay



Age: 56



Campaign website: www.HiteisRight.com



Education: Graduated from Findlay High School; bachelorís degree from University of Kentucky



Relevant experience: Football coach and teacher for 30 years prior to election to Ohio House of Representatives District 76



Years living in area: 53 (including Bryan, Ohio)



Major issues: The budget deficit looms as a major obstacle to overcome.



Job creation is vital to bring Ohio back to what it once was. We must make Ohio a job-friendly climate that keeps businesses here and attracts others to Ohio.



Also in my district, flood mitigation is a major concern. We must do our part to prevent a major flood from devastating the watershed area.



As a multi-billion dollar state budget hole looms, what types of cuts do you favor when balancing the budget?



House Bill 25 (from Rep. Adams) can significantly reduce the huge executive branch we currently have. By consolidating departments, we can save billions. I believe we need to get spending under control and then gradually reduce the state income tax and eliminate the estate tax. This will begin to provide a business-friendly climate for job creation and job retention.



What priority do you place on local government funds and state education funds as you consider the budget woes?



Local government funds are vital to many entities in the district. I prefer we hear directly from those entities and take their recommendations before changes of any kind are put into place. Obviously, it is clear that the money flow is in jeopardy. Cuts all over the budget will be necessary. But full input from all involved is the only fair way to handle this dilemma.



What is the best way legislators can help Ohioís economy?



We must reduce the tax burdens. Privatize the Bureau of Workers Compensation. Eliminate the estate tax. Reduce governmental departments and spending. Pass regulatory reform. Eliminate unneeded, unfunded mandates.





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