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Voting

My goal is to have all Ohioans participate in the political process. I believe participation strengthens our democracy and increases the accountability of elected officials. I believe all Ohioans should be automatically registered to vote on their 18th birthday. Ohioans should be able to register to vote online and change their name and address online. The ultimate goal for me is to make it so our people can vote from anywhere with as much freedom from bureaucratic red tape as possible, extending even to first time voters who I believe should be able to register at the ballot box. If you can prove you are a citizen and live in the district you have a right to vote. Those who seek to influence or prevent citizens from voting should be prosecuted.

 

Health

Doctors – Whether you are for or against Obamacare most people agree providing access to healthcare when a person is sick is the right thing to do. For those who do not have insurance and even many who do often care is being sought in our emergency rooms at a tremendous cost to our system. One way we can counter this trend is to train more primary care doctors. Try calling up a doctor as a new patient and see how long it takes to get an appointment. I am proposing offering financial incentives to our medical schools to train more primary care physicians and to doctors in the form of loan forgiveness for committing to practice as a primary care physician in Ohio for a defined period.

Women – I trust women and for that matter all people to know the best decision for themselves and I believe that the state’s responsibility is to support them. I believe the state should show its support by funding organizations who provide access to health care professionals and facilities, including Planned Parenthood. Women need more access not less. I want every woman to have the opportunity to lead their life by choice and part of which is being able to decide when and with whom to have a child. By improving access to reproductive health services we can help more women plan for a family.

Additionally, far too often women are left to deal with the challenges of child rearing all alone. We need to do a better job of supporting struggling mothers. Most importantly though I believe we need to move the discussion beyond simply just talking about abortion rights. If you want for there to be fewer abortions we need a society in which women feel secure and not constantly under attack when they are at their most vulnerable.

Love

Love who you want to love.

Public Safety

Public Safety has become a major issue in America and I get it. There have been too many senseless gun crimes against innocent people in our country ranging from the accidental to the murderous and atrocious mass killings that have become far too frequent.

At the same time in Ohio we have a criminal population that has grown over 500% since the 1970s and a corrections department whose last two year budget was over $3 billion dollars. I  don’t believe locking this many people up is making us any safer.

I will not resign myself to feeling helpless. It is time to make different choices. Clearly, what we are doing is not working. I am proposing new ideas to combat these challenges.

Voting

My goal is to have all Ohioans participate in the political process. I believe participation strengthens our democracy and increases the accountability of elected officials. I believe all Ohioans should be automatically registered to vote on their 18th birthday. Ohioans should be able to register to vote online and change their name and address online. The ultimate goal for me is to make it so our people can vote from anywhere with as much freedom from bureaucratic red tape as possible, extending even to first time voters who I believe should be able to register at the ballot box. If you can prove you are a citizen and live in the district you have a right to vote. Those who seek to influence or prevent citizens from voting should be prosecuted.

2nd Amendment

I believe in the 2nd amendment. I also believe the Constitution was created as a living document to be altered with the times. Fortunately, there is no need to alter the 2nd amendment because the founders had the foresight to specify that there be regulation with respect to those bearing arms. The fact is there are too many horrific crimes being committed with guns, specifically guns that are designed to kill a lot of people. We need to know who is buying assault rifles and those people need to be subjected to background checks, no more selling assault rifles at gun shows. We need to modernize the system for quicker checks and the ability to conduct pre-checks so gun owners can sell with confidence.

Health

Doctors – Whether you are for or against Obamacare most people agree providing access to healthcare when a person is sick is the right thing to do. For those who do not have insurance and even many who do often care is being sought in our emergency rooms at a tremendous cost to our system. One way we can counter this trend is to train more primary care doctors. Try calling up a doctor as a new patient and see how long it takes to get an appointment. I am proposing offering financial incentives to our medical schools to train more primary care physicians and to doctors in the form of loan forgiveness for committing to practice as a primary care physician in Ohio for a defined period.

Women – I trust women and for that matter all people to know the best decision for themselves and I believe that the state’s responsibility is to support them. I believe the state should show its support by funding organizations who provide access to health care professionals and facilities, including Planned Parenthood. Women need more access not less. I want every woman to have the opportunity to lead their life by choice and part of which is being able to decide when and with whom to have a child. By improving access to reproductive health services we can help more women plan for a family.

Additionally, far too often women are left to deal with the challenges of child rearing all alone. We need to do a better job of supporting struggling mothers. Most importantly though I believe we need to move the discussion beyond simply just talking about abortion rights. If you want for there to be fewer abortions we need a society in which women feel secure and not constantly under attack when they are at their most vulnerable.

Love

Love who you want to love.

Gun Safety

Gun ownership is a right and a responsibility. Every time I here of a kid accidentally shooting another kid while playing with a gun, I am distraught. Every time I hear about a stolen gun being used in a crime, I am troubled. These are tragedies that can be avoided by doing one simple thing. Lock your guns up. I want to make sure there is no excuse.

I am proposing a tax credit of up to $100 per taxpayer for the purchase of a gun safe, let’s put an end to gun accidents and gun theft.

Mass Shootings

Columbine, Sandy Hook, Denver, Planned Parenthood, San Bernadino, Orlando, Nice, and many more. We have to put a stop to the twisted individuals that wish to punish us through terror and tragedy. I believe we can do it.

The truth is the world has changed and has done so dramatically during my lifetime. Communication networks are state of the art, real time, social creatures that allow us all to be creators and consumers of media on a 24/7 basis. Some people have taken this access to the world and done great things, others use it to organize terrorist and hate based organizations, and some use it as a desperate cry for attention. Every time the media plasters up the face and name of perpetrators of mass shootings they are helping that person achieve their goal of infamy and recognition for doing something horrible. We must put a stop to this contagious plague affecting our nation.

I am proposing that we no longer share the identity of suspected mass shooters. The media can still cover the tragedy but will only be provided with a non-descriptive identifier and basic information like sex and age. In cases where a suspect is being sought additional details will be provided as deemed necessary by law enforcement. We will no longer allow our media to be used as a weapon against the American people and an instrument to spread hate.

Criminal Justice Reform

In the 1970s we had around 8,500 inmates. Today we have over 50,000, an increase of over 500%, yet our population has only increased by slightly over 10%. This comes at a very hefty price. The two-year budget for prisons in Ohio was over $3 billion dollars last cycle, a per person cost of over $25,000. I think we can find a better use for this money than locking up our fellow Ohioans.  

I am setting a goal to reduce our prison population by 50% in 10 years. Doing so will significantly reduce our expenses and provide much needed funds for investment in growing our economy either through tax relief, education, or infrastructure.

  • We can do this by changing our sentencing laws to no longer imprison addicts, the homeless, and most non-violent offenders. We are going to stop simply judging prosecutors by how many cases they win and the harshness of the penalties. I am proposing a statewide study of existing sentencing limits for all non-violent offenses for the purpose of creating new standards that are fair and focused on rehabilitation.
  • We are going to redefine the role of our police departments and police officers. Combined with new laws officers will be able to pursue help options. We can’t continue to leave our officers on an island to deal with all of society’s problems with no help or support. In order to battle our current challenges we are going to need to integrate social workers into the front lines in our fight against addiction and poverty related crimes. Setting-up an immediate gateway for those in need to start getting help in order to recover and contribute to society again. This will require an investment of resources and education if we are going to be successful.