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, 78TH DISTRICT
[image#2, align=left, size=thumbnail]John Adams (incumbent)
Residence: Bon Air Circle, Sidney
Relevant experience: Veteran as a U.S. Navy SEAL; business owner, Francis Furniture of Celina; Ohio House Republican minority whip; former chairman, Shelby Count United Way Board of Directors
Years living in area:
Major issues: The major issues facing the state are job loss and the expected $8.4 billion deficit.
As a multi-billion dollar state budget hole looms, what types of cuts do you favor when balancing the budget?
The $8.4 billion deficit is an opportunity for us to reorganize and create a smaller, more efficient government. Not one program should be off the table. New Jersey balanced its budget with a deficit that was approximately 30 percent. Ohio’s deficit will be approximately 16 to 18 percent. There is no reason we cannot balance our budget without raising taxes. Returning Ohio to the “competitive” column regarding jobs is the purpose for a smaller, less spending government.
What priority do you place on local government funds and state education funds as you consider the budget woes?
Local government funds will be scrutinized like all other items in the budget, and priorities will be collectively set by the legislature. Regarding education funds, we need to examine all aspects of education spending with next year’s $8.4 billion deficit. Ohio ranks 47th in the nation in the share of elementary and secondary education spending that goes to instruction and ninth in the share that goes to administration.
What is the best way legislators can help Ohio’s economy?
The best initiative that legislators can provide is an environment for businesses to compete. This means we must lower the cost and reduce the excessive regulation imposed by the state. We offered many solutions over the past 18 months that House Democrat leadership kept bottled up in committee.
[image#1, align=left, size=thumbnail]Anthony Ehresmann
Residence: East Court Street, Urbana