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Ohio House District 33

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    Judith Boyce

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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) 305-5157
Age 63
City/town Cincinnati
Education/Degrees some college Certified Municipal Clerk
Community Involvement Ohio Farm Bureau member St. Paul United Church of Christ member ArtsConnect volunteer Opening Minds Through Art volunteer
Campaign Message My platform is lower taxes and fiscal responsibility.
I am running to improve the lives of Ohio citizens that live in District 33. As a city clerk I have more than enough experience to accomplish my goals and know how to reach across the isle of politics to get things done. I am straight forward and honest, and good at researching issues thoroughly. Let Boyce Be Your Voice for real representation at the Ohio General Assembly in Columbus.
I have government experience as a certified municipal clerk. I have knowledge of Ohio public records and sunshine laws. I have been listening to issues important to Ohioans by meeting voters all over District 33. I toured International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18 Apprenticeship and Training facility. I have talked to parents who have lost children to Ohio's drug crisis and attended Drug Crisis Awareness Day in Washington Park as well as Hamilton County Drug Coalition meetings to learn about this issue first hand. I support working class Ohioans. I would vote no on the current right-to-work legislation regarding public sector unions. I hope to represent every man, woman and child in District 33.
I would add more funding for training for skilled labor positions in Ohio, and adult education programs to fill Ohio's job skill shortage. Also I would be supportive of improving the Cincinnati Bus transit system as it would improve the lives of those that live in District 33. If the goal is to have citizens get off welfare and back to work, they need reliable transportation. The Ohio General Assembly needs to fix the public school funding issue as the wealthy school districts in Ohio and the poor districts in Ohio are not equal. I agree with the recent Cincinnati Enquirer article that an Ohio children's education should not be related to their zip code. The school funding issue should have been fixed over 20 years ago and has lagged behind the General Assembly getting this fixed. Ohio's Charter schools need more oversight.
I oppose repealing Gov Kasich's expansion of Medicaid because the government has already granted the healthcare coverage for these Ohio citizens and it should not be taken away. Repealing the expansion would be cruel in my opinion, cutting millions off from reasonable healthcare in Ohio is not the answer.

Ohio's abortion laws are not restrictive enough. I support H.B. 149 prohibiting the sale of fetal tissue and closing loopholes. I support S.B. 145 banning dismemberment abortions. Also I would amend the current law regarding minor consent to mandate that only the "custodial parent" can give consent to a minor who wishes to have an abortion. This would prevent an untold number of teenage abortions in Ohio. The current loopholes in abortion laws for minors cause too many Ohio teens to seek and get abortions by either non-custodial parents or judges who have no involvement with the minor. With the amendment that I would propose, it would prevent thousands of abortions by Ohio's teens.
Campaign Phone (513) 824-5775
Age 31
City/town Cincinnati, OH
Education/Degrees University of Cincinnati - 2006-2010
Community Involvement Board member: African American Chamber, National Action Network, co-chair Cincinnati Ballet, Young Professionals, Lincoln Heights Comprehensive Development Corporation
Endorsements IBEW local 212, Cincinnati Building Trades, ACT Ohio, OEA, UFCW local 75, AFT, CFT, AFL-CIO, LaunchProgress, NASW,
Campaign Message In the state house I will fight for justice reform, work to strengthen families, increase education, and bring better jobs with living wages to the community.
As a lifelong citizen of Cincinnati, I have spent nearly a decade gaining experience and improving my hometown. As Chief of Staff to Councilman Wendell Young, I worked to bring fresh foods to, and reduce infant mortality rate in, underserved neighborhoods. As the father of 3-year old Harper, I understand that building our future starts early by investing in area preschools and ensuring that all children have access to quality education. As the son of a local university administrator and a painter, I learned from my parents that hard work pays off. I am committed to bringing more jobs with a living wage to the working families of Cincinnati. Throughout my time in public service, I have learned that our current criminal justice system unfairly targets many of us. I will fight to restore rights to returning citizens and address the racial disparity in incarceration.
My extensive dedication and experience has prepared me to serve the 33rd District, and I am committed to bringing strong leadership and positive change to Cincinnati.
I believe that the State of Ohio should continue to offer, and expand on, services that it offers to our lower and middle class families. The role of government is to assist those without the means to themselves, and I believe that the overall quality of life for Ohio’s working families will improve as state services receive more support and funding.

I strongly belive we need to add local government funding back to cities in smaller municipalities across Ohio.
I oppose repealing Gov. Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid. Gov. Kasich bravely stood against his party by accepting this Medicaid funding from the federal government, which has been used to provide health insurance to low-income Ohioans, young and old.
I oppose the recent attempts by the Ohio statehouse to pass unconstitutional laws restricting access to safe and legal abortions. I firmly believe in women’s rights to choose without any illegal interference of the state government.
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