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Position paper: state representative, District 34

10/11/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Ronya Jeanette Habash vs. Vernon Sykes (incumbent)

Vernon Sykes
Voters will vote for one candidate for District 34 state representative for the term commencing Jan. 1, 2013, on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. Republican Ronya Jeanette Habash did not submit answers to our questions by the stated deadline. The information provided below was submitted by Democratic incumbent Vernon Sykes, with his responses to our questions printed as submitted.

Vernon Sykes (incumbent)

Political affiliation: Democrat

What would you do to improve the economy in Ohio?

“Ohio’s local tax structure is burdensome to existing businesses and prevents us from attracting additional businesses to our state. We have more local governments than most other states, each with distinct taxing authorities and requirements. Businesses find it cumbersome and expensive to comply with the required bureaucratic paperwork and financial obligation. I will work with business and local government leaders to craft user-friendly taxing authorities to promote business development and job growth.”

What are the other major issues facing your district and how would you address them?

“Our children need a quality education to perform better in school, and go on to lead more productive lives. Research indicates that the earlier we start with quality instruction the more success each student achieves. I would propose a constitutional amendment requiring the state to provide quality universal education to every four and five year old child in Ohio. This concept is model after a Florida constitutional provision that has produced some impressive results.

“Voting is our most precious right! Recently, there has been a lot of issues raised about the voting process in Ohio. The state has the responsibility to administer a fair and accurate process to maximize participation. I will propose that elections be conducted by mail ballots. Ballots should be mailed to every registered voter. Elections by mail have proven to be more accessible to voters, have greater participation, have less problems with fraud and identification issues, eliminate need for provisional ballots, eliminate poll location issues and long lines, and cost significantly less than in-person voting.”

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