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Ohio Senate District 7

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    Sara Bitter

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Biographical Information

Why are you running?

What makes you the best candidate?

What services, if any, should Ohio government consider adding or cutting?

Do you support or oppose repealing Gov. Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid. Why?

Are Ohio’s abortion laws too restricting or too lax? Why?

Campaign Phone (513) 773-7119
City/town Loveland
Education/Degrees Juris Doctor
Community Involvement Sara was the Co-Chair for the 2015 Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival and has served on many boards and advisory committees over the years, including the Greater Cincinnati Adapted Sports Club (GCASC) and the Family Advisory Council for the Cincinnati Fragile X Research and Treatment Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Endorsements Sara has been endorsed by the Ohio Democratic Party, the Warren County Democratic Party, the Hamilton County Democratic Party and the Butler County Democratic Party.
Campaign Message Sara Bitter for Better Ohio. Sara has devoted her entire career to helping improve the lives of people living with disabilities and their families. And now, she is putting her passion and experience to work for all people in Ohio as a 2018 candidate for Ohio State Senate.
I am running for the Ohio State Senate because as a parent, lawyer and advocate, I know just how important it is for families and communities to have access to good healthcare, education, jobs, housing and transportation. I also know that parents of children with special healthcare needs, families who have loved ones living with mental health conditions and communities torn apart by the opioid crisis, do not have lobbyists.

One of my main reasons for running for office is to create a Disability, Mental Health and Addiction Caucus and to bring these voices to the Ohio legislature in Columbus.

“Bitter for Better.” It’s not just a campaign slogan, it’s a commitment.
I have an impressive background as a successful advocate and an intimate understanding of the challenges and needs of working families who are juggling kids and jobs –and often, the unexpected issues involved in being a caregiver to aging parents or a loved one with a disability.

I received my BA in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati and Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. I am also a Law Trainee graduate from the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. I served in the White House in the Clinton Administration where I worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as the Assistant to Special Counsel to the President.

Currently, I work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD).
I have authored a bill which was introduced September 26th regarding mental health curriculum in schools. Ohio Senate Bill 333 will ensure that mental health instruction is covered along with physical health in schools grades pre-K through high school. I believe we need to do more to prepare students in terms of resilience and suicide prevention.
I oppose repealing Gov. Kasich's expansion of Medicaid. The Ohioans who would be hurt worst by this are the disability and mental health communities as well as those suffering from addiction issues. Medicaid helps keep families together and community-based programs strong. There is a misconception about Medicaid and the success of the Medicaid expansion gives us every reason to continue funding it.
As the mother of two children with genetic developmental disabilities, I believe in the potential of every person to achieve the best life they can. That was my personal choice. I also support the right of every woman to make this choice for herself, safely and in the privacy of her doctor’s office.
Campaign Phone (513) 519-8000
Age 68
City/town Maineville, OH
Education/Degrees BS Finance/Banking, Miami University, Oxford, OH US Navy Supply School, Athens GA
Community Involvement Former U.S. Navy officer with a career built on public service. Helped lead community groups like the YMCA and the Warren County Foundation. Retired President and Chairman of the Board for a local community bank. Served as member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Former member of the Miami University Board of Trustees.
Endorsements Numerous including the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses, Ohio Right to Life, Ohio Farm Bureau and Buckeye Firearms Association.
Campaign Message "A Leader for Our Priorities" More jobs, better trained workforce. Stronger schools, more affordable college tuition. Fighting Ohio’s drug crisis, keeping our community safe. Investing in infrastructure to build our economy. Reducing the tax burden on every taxpayer.
As a lifetime resident of Southwest Ohio, a husband and father of four with five grandchildren, I will use my four years as a Naval Officer, 41 years as a banker and community leader, to represent the citizens of the 7th district and make a positive difference in the quality of life for all Ohioans.
I worked my way up from a bank teller to CEO of LCNB Corp. and LCNB National Bank growing it from 3 to 36 offices. In serving my community I have always worked to bring good jobs, growing economy and improving the quality of life. Having served as a local school board member and trustee at Miami University, I have an appreciation for the necessity of early childhood education and work force development. I have legislation pending that will protect elders from the epidemic of elder fraud. This legislation will help identify and punish those who prey on our most vulnerable and fragile members of society, our elders.
Given that Ohio is the third most regulated state in the nation, the emphasis must be reducing regulation and thus reducing the size of government. However, there are three major areas that need additional resources. They are education, infrastructure and the opioid crisis.
In the prior budget, I voted for a number of improvements to Ohio’s Medicaid program. One of them would have implemented a freeze on new expansion while we get a better understanding of the long-term financial sustainability. We have a constitutional mandate to balance the state budget every two years, and we are obligated to ensure that taxpayers can afford these programs. I also supported the adoption of a work requirement for Medicaid expansion recipients that would require them, with the exception of serious physical or mental health issues, to work at least 20 hours a week or show they are looking for a job, attending a school or job training.
I sponsored a bill last year that bans an abortion procedure called dismemberment. That legislation is pending in the Ohio House of Representatives.

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