Miami University BA in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude; University of Cincinnati College of Law JD Degree, Order of Coif
Board Member of Atrium Medical Center for 16 years; Past Board Member of Boy Scouts, Dan Beard Council; Past Board Member of Citizens for Community Values for over 23 years; Past Elder and Sunday School teacher at Grace Chapel; Past President of the Cincinnati Lawyer's Chapter of the Federalist Society; Past Chairman of the Warren County Republican Party for 8 years; Member of Warren County Republican Party Central and Executive Committees for 18 years; Past Mayor and Vice Mayor of Mason and Mason City Council Member for 11 years; Advisory Board Member of a crisis pregnancy center; Past pro-bono legal counsel for Home School Legal Defense Association for Southwest Ohio.
Cincinnati Right to Life; Warren Co. Commissioners Dave Young and Shannon Jones; former Ohio Secretary of State and Ohio Republican 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Blackwell; former Warren Co. State Rep. & Republican Lt. Governor candidate Tom Raga; Warren Co. House Rep. Paul Zeltwanger; former Warren Co. Commissioner Mike Kilburn; Warren Co. Prosecuting Attorney David Fornshell; Warren Co. Recorder and Clearcreek Twp. Fiscal Off. Linda Oda; former Mason Mayors Char Pelfrey and Don Prince & council members Kathy Grossmann, TJ Honerlaw (Rep. Party Central Comm. Vice-Chair) and Mike Gilb; President Deerfield Twp. Trustees Lelle Lutts Hedding; Former Deerfield Twp. Trustee & Treasurer of Warren Co. Rep. Party Randy Kuvin; President Turtlecreek Twp. Trustees Jonathan Sams; Clearcreek Twp. Trustee Steve Muterspaw; former Secretary of Warren Co. Rep. Party Barbara Franco; Mason Board of Education Member Connie Yingling; Chairman of Atrium Medical Center Larry Hollingshead; and Chairman of the Warren Co. Convention & Visitors Bureau Richard Jones, to name only a few. I also expect to be endorsed by Family First as in past.
Tom's formula is simple: Conservative Policies work in Warren County
I want to continue making Warren County one of the best run in the country. I am the only candidate with 18 years of relevant experience. I am the only candidate who has cut local income and real estate taxes. I have authored local tax cuts saving Warren County taxpayers $40 million. Infrastructure improvements and developments like the Warren County Sports Complex will spur economic development which we expect to increase annual business revenue by $54 million. As Commissioner, I want to ensure adequate resources for first responders and programs to address the opioid crisis. Children's Services program costs have increased due to abuse/neglect of children caused by drug use and addiction. Ohio’s legalization of medical marijuana will create future costs and challenges as well. 2017 NIDA study found that use of marijuana more than doubles opioid abuse and addiction rates. The commissioners must prepare and facilitate solutions to battle this continuing threat to public safety.
I am a proven social and fiscal conservative, have 18 years of experience in local governance and decades of experience in the private sector as an attorney and business owner. I am the President of the Warren County Commission. We cut real estate taxes in 2017 by $9.5 million and controlled spending resulting in a 2017 year-end cash balance of $30.4 million and debt of only $4.35 million. In 2017 Moody's Investors Service for the first time gave the highest bond rating to the county (only two other Ohio counties have that rating). I authored Mason tax cuts and controlled its spending; Moody's then gave Mason its highest bond rating. I have a long record of conservative and civic leadership on the boards of Citizens for Community Values, the Boy Scouts, and Atrium Medical Center; was President of the conservative lawyer's group the Federalist Society; was legal counsel for the pro-life movement and for home school families; and was the Chairman of the Warren County Republican Party.
We will not cut current specific services that Warren County is now funding. County Commissioners are the fiscal officers of the county. We control spending to ensure that we have the funds needed for all essential government services. Because of that, we were able to cut Warren County real estate taxes by $9.5 million in 2017 and applicable annually thereafter. Warren County’s real estate taxes are some of the lowest in the state. Our rates are 25% of Montgomery County’s and 33% of Hamilton County’s. We also will be providing soft water to our water users, will continue to fund our excellent parks and green spaces and will continue to improve our road system as we have been doing with a full interchange at Western Row and I-71, restructuring Columbia Road, a new exit at Fields Ertel Road off of I-71, and expanded roads and multiple roundabouts. I will find ways as I have in the past of providing more and better county services without tax increases or cutting services.
I am not willing to raise any future taxes. I will look for additional ways to cut taxes while at the same time improving government services. I think government officials should support our schools, parks, infrastructure, utilities and other public services to promote economic growth coupled with conservative fiscal and tax policies that make Warren County a vibrant and attractive community where businesses want to locate and where individuals and families want to work, live and raise a family. The above policies will bring in new companies and jobs to Warren County as they have in the past and with it new tax revenue without raising taxes. That revenue will support the provision of governmental services that the county provides.