State Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D) named State Board of Education member Stephanie Dodd (D) as his running mate Tuesday. Dodd “represents over one million constituents” in “all or part of 13 counties in Central, Southeastern and Appalachian Ohio.” (release)
PLATFORMS. Democratic candidates, with the exception of former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray (D), filled out a questionnaire for the Columbus Dispatch regarding their platforms. Former state Rep. Connie Pillich “wouldn’t state her position on whether Ohio schools should be required to allow transgender or gender-fluid students to choose the restroom and shower facility they wish to use.” Schiavoni and former Rep. Betty Sutton (D) said abortion is a matter between women and their doctors. State Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill (D) “responded to the fewest among the Democrats” since “the court still has pending cases on topics such as abortion and school funding.” (Columbus Dispatch)
FRENEMIES. When asked by the Columbus Dispatch whom their favorite Republicans were, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) said former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (R); Schiavoni said state Senate President Larry Obhof (R); Pillich said state Sen. William Coley (R); and O’Neill said former President George H. W. Bush (R). (Columbus Dispatch)
DEWINE OPINES. On his questionnaire, state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) “did not respond to a question about how willing he would be to raise taxes,” refrained from providing “a direct answer on which items he would like to change in Ohio’s current tax structure,” and “did not answer a question about whether Ohio’s current school-funding setup is constitutional.” Otherwise, he said he would not “support a state tax increase if 100 percent of the revenue went to Ohio public schools,” said that ” Ohio’s current conceal-carry laws are too restrictive,” and said he does not “support legalizing recreational marijuana in Ohio,” among other answers. (Columbus Dispatch)
SCHIAVONI. On his questionnaire, Schiavoni said that Ohio is not “meeting the state constitutional requirement to provide a ‘thorough and efficient’ education to schoolchildren”; that he would not “support a state tax increase if 100 percent of the revenue went to Ohio public schools”; and that parents should not “be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school in Ohio,” among other answers. (Columbus Dispatch)
PILLICH. On her questionnaire, Pillich also said that Ohio is not “meeting the state constitutional requirement to provide a ‘thorough and efficient’ education to schoolchildren”; that she supports “Ohio’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act”; and that Ohio doesn’t need a “right-to-work” law, among other answers. (Columbus Dispatch)
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