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Ohio House District 51

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    Sara Carruthers

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    Susan Vaughn

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Why are you running?

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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) 470-9410
Age 56
City/town Hamilton
Education/Degrees Miami University 1980-1984
Community Involvement Michael Feinstein Foundation; Hamilton Community Foundation; P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational, Fort Hamilton Hospital Board, Great American Songbook Foundation Organization) International; Aronoff Center for the Arts; Hamilton Garden Club; Butler County Republican Party, Delta Zeta Sorority, PEO.
Endorsements Ohio Chamber of Commerce Ohio Nurses Association Ohio State Medical Association Butler County Republican Party Ohio Right to Life and many more...
Campaign Message Let's build a better community! Together we can strengthen our schools and the local economy in the 51st District!
Our representative must reflect our values in Butler County - hard work, dedication to community and representing us with honor and distinction.
Sara believes that it is absolutely crucial to develop a balanced workforce that will continue to create a sustainable environment that will attract new jobs for Ohio’s future. Sara understands how the government can create a friendly business environment for the private sector to create value for our communities through job creation and economic development.
Sara believes that keeping the government from overspending keeps money local and also strengthens economic growth. As our State Representative, Sara is also committed to keeping taxes low and keeping the government from spending frivolously. Over the past decades, the size of Ohio’s government has become too large. It’s time to cut spending and a create more efficient government.
Support repeal. Medicaid expansion has a long-term crippling effect on the state budget.
As a mother of two little ones, issues of Life are near and dear to Sara’s heart. She believes that Life begins at conception. She will bring our values of defending human life to the statehouse and fight for the most vulnerable every single day.
Campaign Phone (513) 675-4065
Age 68
Education/Degrees Ross High School; Miami University (Bachelor and Master degrees
Community Involvement Service on community boards and general community volunteer
Endorsements Matriots, Ohio Federation of Teachers, AFSCME, Planned Parenthood, Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus, Ohio Education Association, IBEW Local 648, SMART Transportation Div. LO-038 (Sheet metal, air, rail, transportation),
Campaign Message Ohio is a state of proud working families, but taxpayers are getting hit twice - their paychecks and tax dollars are being sent to the State of Ohio, Ohio is saving their money in the "Rainy Day Fund" of $2.7 Billion, and Hamilton, Fairfield, and Ross are cutting services while raising taxes on these same working families. Since 1937, 3.86% of the taxes we pay to Ohio were legally supposed to be returned to the communities from which they came. In 2010, Governor Kasich decided to take the tax dollars from our communities to balance his budget; we need to bring our tax dollars home.
I have worked since I was 16 years old and recently retired from a 32 year career in administration in higher education. I want to continue to work in a capacity that will benefit the 51st District and I will use my experiences and skills to do so. I will bring ethical leadership to the Ohio House and focus on the concerns expressed to me by the voters of the district (Hamilton, Fairfield, Ross Twp). Since 2010 the 51st District has lost $17 million to the rainy day fund in Ohio. The loss of revenue resulted in communities cutting back on services, loss of jobs and the need to seek additional assessments on taxpayers. All of which critically impacts the growth and well-being of the district. I will fight to restore local government funds and support for education, police and fire services, social services, jobs development and the health and welfare of the residents of our communities.
I am 100% committed to representing the best interests of the 51st District. I've lived in the community all of my life and I have worked extremely hard to serve others and will continue to do so as State Representative. I grew up in a working class family, my father retired from General Motors. He was a strong supporter of education and hard work. I went to college while also working and raising two children. I earned my Bachelor's and Master's degree from Miami University and retired recently after working 32 years in higher education administration. I bring experience in policy development and implementation, years of working collaboratively with community leaders, law enforcement and educators at the local, state and national level. I've served as an adjunct professor in criminal justice studies. My commitment as State Representative will be to listen to the constituents of the district, actively engage at the local and state level and represent their best interest.
I know that local government funds are critical to supporting services in Hamilton, Fairfield and Ross. We need to see that tax dollars are returned to these communities, local taxes are not raised and our public services are not diminished.
I support Medicaid expansion because it provides access to health insurance for low-income families. Federal funding covers more than 90% of the cost of the expansion. The expansion has reduced the number of uninsured adults in Ohio, decreased emergency room visits, provides for mental health care which is often related to substance abuse therefore, also addessing the opioid crisis. After the expansion in 2014, Ohio saw an increase in health care sector jobs and for those with access to Medicaid, they are more likely to be able to work or seek employment if they maintain good health.
I support laws that provide access to health care and education as it relates to the full spectrum of reproductive health, cancer screening, domestic violence and programs to reduce infant mortality.
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