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Ohio House District 29

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    Louis Blessing III
    (Rep)

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    Carrie R. Davis
    (Dem)

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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) 477-8103
Age 38
City/town Colerain Township
Education/Degrees BS Electrical Engineering, BA Mathematics
Community Involvement Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, St. Ann's church, SHELeads
Endorsements Greater Cincinnati Right to Life, Ohio Right to Life, NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business), Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Society of CPAs, Ohio Manufacturers' Association, NRA, Buckeye Firearms, Ohio State Chiropractic Association, Ohio Realtors, Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.
Campaign Message I'm a conservative who has worked tirelessly to make Ohio the best place to live, work, and play. I'm a father and a husband, and I want for my children what everyone wants: good jobs, great schools, and opportunities to reach their full potential.
I am running to make Ohio, and the 29th district, a better place to live, work, and play. I want Ohio to be a national leader in workforce development and economic growth, a state where businesses are eager to set up shop. I want to help crush the opiate epidemic, and stop highly addictive and deadly drugs from poisoning our communities. I want to work with our federal and local partners to fix our aging infrastructure. I want to help seniors get the care that they need and deserve. We have done a lot of great work in these areas and others, but much more can and will be done.
I am the best candidate for several reasons. My engineering background has served me well on the House Finance committee where the state’s budget is crafted. Since 2011 we provided nearly $2 billion in income tax relief. In that time, more than 520,000 private sector jobs have been created and the unemployment rate has dropped from 9.2% to 4.5% as of this writing. Additionally, business filings hit another record in 2017 with 117,429 new filings; it marked the 8th consecutive year the state has seen a new record. Chief Executive magazine recently announced that Ohio is the 10th best state for business, up from 22nd only three years ago. Ohio’s economy is booming in large part because of the pro-growth and business friendly legislation that we’ve passed. In my six years in the Ohio House, I have a record of passing legislation with strong bipartisan support. In my second term, only Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring had more legislation signed by the governor to become law.
As a general rule, those services that could be handled better by the private sector should be cut. A better question would be: what can we do to more efficiently fund the services that we do have, while simultaneously supporting policies that increase the tax base via business investment and economic growth? The answer is more of what we’ve been doing: creating a low and broad tax base, spending within our means, reforming regulations that have proven too onerous or have outlived their usefulness, and developing strong workforce training programs. With more Ohioans employed and businesses thriving, the easier it is for state government to support K-12 education, healthcare, addiction treatment, and corrections spending. I would like to help bolster the PASSPORT program, which helps care for seniors in their homes. More money to support our aging infrastructure would also be very helpful; this session the House passed HB 415, which creates the Local Government Road Improvement Fund.
I support reforming it. We are in the midst of an economic expansion with low unemployment, thus Medicaid spending has been lower than it would have been during a recession. Yet it has still increased, especially the federal share. Medicaid is Ohio's largest budget item, with the Feds funding no less than 90% of the expansion and roughly 63% otherwise, so what happens during a recession with much larger caseloads? Will they continue funding 90% of the expansion with enormous federal deficits? Whether or not they decide to cut expansion funding, the implications for Ohio’s budget are huge. We are constitutionally bound to have a balanced budget in Ohio, so huge increases in Medicaid spending serve to crowd out other line items, like education. In light of all of this, I am committed to ensuring that the growth in Medicaid spending doesn’t become unsustainable. We should focus on prevention, addiction, mental health, and work requirements for the childless, able-bodied, adult population.
As an Ohio and Greater Cincinnati Right to Life endorsed candidate, as well as a strong believer in the rights of the unborn and that life begins at conception, I believe that more work can be done. We have done some good work in this area, most notably SB 127. This legislation defines a pain-capable unborn child as an unborn child of probably post-fertilization age of 20 weeks or more, and prohibits an abortion when the gestational age is more than 20 weeks. It passed with bipartisan support. Aside from that SB 28, the Unborn Child Dignity Act, is still pending and remains a priority. That having been said there are two sides to this coin, namely that we are defending a lot of the good work that we have done from those who would undo it if elected.
Campaign Phone (513) 432-8518
Age 58
City/town Groesbeck
Education/Degrees BS Legal Studies, University of Cincinnati, Summa Cum Laude
Community Involvement Founder & Director of Child Advocacy for Rights & Equity, Inc.; member of the Greater Northbrook & Groesbeck Community Groups; member of St. John's Parish - Dry Ridge; member of Izaak Walton League; member of Coleraine Historical Society; member of Arbor Day Foundation; College of Mount Saint Joseph Alum; University of Cincinnati Alum; former Chapter Leader for A.C.E.S.; former volunteer Healthy Moms & Babes; former volunteer Providence Hospital; former Girl Scouts Leader; past appointment to Ohio Shareholders' Reform Group; past appointment Ohio Supreme Court's Advisory Council
Endorsements Sheriff Jim Neil; AFL-CIO; OEA, UFCW Local 75; AFSCME; CFT
Campaign Message We need more representation and less politics in the 29th District. My campaign isn't about the RIGHT or the LEFT. It's about RIGHT and WRONG. The swamp of incumbency and musical chairs that defeats term limits needs to be drained. Haven't we all "had enough" of the working class being first to get taxed, but the last to benefit. Haven't we "had enough" of career politicians who work harder for lobbyists than constituents? "Had enough" of nepotism and self-dealing. "Had enough" of extremism over common sense, political gamesmanship over common decency, stale mates over a common good that serves the middle class as much as the wealthy and disadvantaged. Haven't we all "had enough" of the political status quo? We deserve something better. We need a change for the better.
I am compelled to run for this office because the incumbent has abandoned his post and does not represent the interests of the majority of working families in this district. This district deserves real representation. I will represent. He does not really live here and, instead, has a residence in his wife's maiden name in Columbus where he raises his family and his wife works fulltime. He only comes into the district long enough to keep his state paycheck. He spends the vast majority of his time out of district. He doesn't work here, sleep here, shop here, watch the news, drive our roads, seek medical care, volunteer and isn't raising his family here. This disconnect from the district has coincided with bad practices that benefit lobbyists and harm our community. He bears no accountability or consequences for his actions within the district nor for his steadfast agenda to defund, de-regulate and de-construct our quality of life here because he doesn't really live here.
First and foremost. I actually live here: run my business, raise my family and volunteer - right here, in the 29th District. I am involved with multiple organizations within the district and attend local meetings. I am informed and connected. I am intimately aware of our strengths and our weaknesses. I am vested in this district and its people. My votes would benefit me and my neighbors. My opponent's votes benefit his donors. Secondly, I have served my district for over 20 years as an advocate assisting them, pro bono, on every issue from property tax assessments, to child support, to education. I KNOW these people and their challenges. I have a long and proven track record of successfully pursuing and accomplishing initiatives that benefit the average family. My advocacy has earned me appointments to, and experience in, development of cost effective government services to the public. Serving the best interests of my community isn't about a paycheck; it's what I've always done.
My primary concern is for eliminating the redundancy in government services across the board. Local service delivery only serves the goal of partisan control of jobs, cronyism and nepotism. Most states have a single point of delivery for services such as child support, public assistance, and Medicaid with a few regional districts instead of over 50 political divisions. Ohio's method has proven to be extremely costly and resulted in the duplication of services without benefit to end users and at great costs to taxpayers. We need to de-incentivize the micro-administration of taxpayer funded services. I would initiate improved access to the legislative agenda presented in a clear, concise and truthful manner which encourages input from constituents - not just lobbyists. Citizens deserve notice and have a right to be heard on all legislation well before it is passed. An elected official's votes should reflect the Will of those they represent - not partisanship or their donors list.
The Medicaid Expansion is a band-aide on a diseased healthcare system that must be cured. (Much like the unconstitutional school funding mechanism.) Without more, it is cost prohibitive; currently on life-support. However, the need for an affordable alternative, beyond the failed, for-profit insurance model, is great in my district. Options include a Medicare buy-in program, especially for children like Brody, our elderly parents, addicts, mental health patients, those with pre-existing conditions and the disabled or working poor. We are merely kicking the can down a dead end road, funding-wise. It is unsustainable, despite significant, positive results health-wise. A Medicare buy-in would not only help insure Medicare's viability, it would shore up the waste and abuse (under my opponent's slash-and-burn de-regulation leadership). Regardless of how, a primary solution would require all people - including elected officials - to participate on the same basis as their constituents.
Ohio's abortion laws are getting more in sync with the views of the vast majority of Ohioians. Nearly 70% of Ohioians, both Pro Life and Pro Choice, believe that late term abortions should be eliminated with appropriate exceptions. Recent changes have made Ohio law more consistent with how Roe v. Wade would be decided if reviewed today under current medio-scientific data. Religious beliefs are personal and irrelevant issues to our laws and must remain so. It is unconstitutional to impose religious beliefs on the masses under the Separation of Church and State Doctrine. In pursuit of legal progress, I believe Roe v. Wade will be re-visited by the USSC and medical advancements will require further restrictions on abortion to the first trimester with the exceptions for mortal life of the mother, rape or incest. With that reality, we must insure that everyone has ready access to pregnancy and pregnancy prevention services as we move toward a viable legal structure consistent with science.
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