She said in the last four years, the unemployment in the 13th
district has risen from 5.6 percent to 10.1 percent, higher than
the national average.
She proposes creating an environment for jobs by reducing the
regulation and taxes on businesses.
She said the unfunded mandates need to be eliminated, and said
state funding for school districts should go directly to the
teachers and the classrooms and not the administration.
After her opponent, Sue Morano, criticized her for resorting to
negative advertising to win a campaign, Manning said the
negative ads “are actually very factual.”
Sue Morano (D): the current state senator for the 13th district, is
seeking re-election for her second term, and quickly defended
herself from the latest negative ads against her.
“I’m here tonight to set the record straight; I’m being
criticized for raising taxes,” she said “So what’s the truth? I
voted for a bipartisan budget bill that was supported by the
Republican leadership in the Senate. As a result of that bill,
we’ve protected education funding and private services.
Individual taxpayers in Ohio are not paying one cent more in
taxes this year than they did last year,” she said.
A nurse for 28 years, and mother of 3 children, she determined
to fix the health care and school systems. She said her biggest
focus in Columbus will be to create jobs that stay in the area.
She said she supported two tuition freezes for higher education
in the last four years, and currently a 3.5 percent cap on
State Representative, 56th District
Henry (Skip) Lewandowski (R): an engineer and professor
at Baldwin Wallace College, he said the reason he chose to run
for public office for the first time is simple:
“I’m sick of yelling at the TV at corrupt politicians. I’m sick
of reading the paper and yelling at the paper about the economy
going bad. And my wife is sick of hearing me yell. So she said
get off the couch and do something,” he said.
He said his biggest hope is to keep young people here.
He said Ohio spends on average 50 percent more in administrative
spending in its K-12 system than other states, and the Ohio
legislature is sending unfunded mandates.
“We’ve got to stop wasteful spending and unfunded mandates.”
When asked if he would support the state’s high-speed rail
system after Ohio will receive $400 million for it, he said “We
may be able to afford to build it but can we afford to continue
to operate it?”
He said he does not want the rail system to run the same fate as
the county airport.
“I’m not willing to gamble the taxpayer’s money,” he said, as
the audience cheered.
Daniel Ramos (D):
a 4th generation Lorain resident, he spent the last
several years in Columbus working in the Ohio legislature under
current state legislator Joe Koziura. He reiterated he’s
the only candidate that has legislative experience.
“We can’t afford untested leadership,” he said.
In rebutting his opponent, Ramos said the Lorain City Schools
has drastically cut the administrative costs, and added those
costs are mostly funded from grants not tax dollars.
Ramos worked on the last budget passed in Columbus and said
“Education (funding) wasn’t just spared (but) it was increased.”
But he proposed helping to fully fund the districts in most need
On expanding the High Speed Rail, he said “Ohio needs to get on
board.” He said “To put it simply, high-speed rail creates
State Representative, 57th District
Rae Lynn Brady (R): the owner of an ice cream business in Elyria, she said she knows
how to do a budget and how to do a payroll.
“We need to cut government spending and live by the budget,” she
said “We need to bring jobs to Ohio so that we get our citizens
On the High Speed Rail, she said she would not support it. “I
think it’s unfair to go back to the taxpayer for something like
the rail system” when Lorain County residents are having
difficulty “keeping their (LCT) buses going,” she said.
Matt Lundy (D): the current state representative to the 57th district,
he said he wants to cut taxes and keep them low for families and
businesses, and keep college costs affordable.
Under Governor Ted Strickland, he worked on freezing tuition for
two years and placed a 3.5 percent cap on future tuition
increases, he said.
He said he also fought against credit card companies that prey
on students in college campuses.
Lundy said the biggest challenge in Lorain is the charter school
system because it greatly hurts the school system.
Charter schools are being funded at $600 million a year, he
“Right now, we are leading every other state in the country for
tuition affordability in the last three years.”
Plus he said he introduced a bill that would cut textbooks costs
State Representative, 58th District
Terry Boose (R): the current state representative of the 58th district,
he said one way to improve the local job rate is to support LCCC
and Issue 17.
He has a background in both business and agriculture and was a
former Huron County Commissioner for 8 years.
He said both college and vocational schools need to be more
He also proposed reducing taxes and removing unfunded mandates
Greg Davidson (D): an industrial electrician, police officer, and military veteran,
he also spent 5 years as a city councilman in Willard.
“People want a heart-felt, down-to-earth, common hardworking
man,” he said “that’s who I am.”
To create jobs, he said he supports the Third Frontier program.
Lorain County Domestic Relations Judge
Debra Boros(R): a Domestic and Juvenile Court Judge for the past 12 years, she
said she loves her job and is not finished as she asks to be
re-elected. “I have always made the safety of this community and
the children of this community my priority,” she said.
She said they have cut their budget over $1.2 million, and they
bring in $3 million back to community.
Jack Kilroy (D): a Domestic Court and Juvenile Court Lawyer for 30 years, works
with Lorain County auditor, and a former Avon City councilmember
, he said “I’m somebody that measures success by what I can do,
help people, and give back to the community.”
Working also on the Juvenile Drug Court, he said people are
denied opportunity because too much is spent on the few.
He said $62,000 is being spent per child for rehabilitation
“I’m going to make that budget work so that money can be used
to benefit all the people that deserve the help.”
The 9th District Court of Appeals Judge
Robert Brown: a Common Pleas Court judge, attorney 30 years, and judge with 24
years of experience, he has dealt with criminal and civil cases
including wrongful death and personal injury. He said he’s the
only candidate that has sentenced dangerous offenders to prison.
“I understand the importance of the court’s decision in people’s
lives,” he said,
“As a father of two sons, I understand the court has the
responsibility to keep dangerous offenders out of our community
and keep our community safe for children.”
Donna Carr: a current senior judge on the 9th district court of
appeals, she has been highly recommended by Akron Bar
Association. Previously she was a trial judge and assistant
county prosecutor, and has served in the Interpreter Services
Re-elected twice, she said she loves her job.
a current 9th district court of appeals judge for six years, and
municipal court judge for 15 years before that in the trial
court, she too was highly recommended by the Akron Bar
“Judges really make the decisions that affect what happens in
people’s lives and yet many people have no idea who their judges
are or what their credentials are,” she said “I would just
encourage you to take the time to get to know who’s running for
Rita Rochford: a magistrate in the Summit County Juvenile Court , she presides
over abuse and delinquency cases. She said currently no one on
the court of appeals has any background in juvenile court.
She was a prosecutor for 8 years and in juvenile court for 8
“We’re trying to hopefully keep these children out of prison
and also to reduce recidivism, and we have been very successful
in Summit County.”
Beth Whitmore: current judge on the 9th district court of appeals, she
was twice elected for that position, has 13 years as civil trial
attorney, formerly sat on the Summit County Common Pleas bench,
and is an Air force Veteran.
She was highly recommended by the Akron Bar Association. “My
focus on the bench is for fair, impartial and timely decisions.”
State Board of Education
Pamela Haynam: is seeking a seat on the board, which has 19 members.
She said the board deals with issues of policy like budget and
legislation and serves District 2 including Lorain, Huron, Erie,
Seneca, Ottawa and Lucas Counties.
Board deals with issues of policy: budget and legislation.
She said she does not have legislative experience but has 12
years of experience as a school board of education member.
Lorain Income Tax Credit Initiative (Issue 23):
In December 2009, Lorain City Council voted to reduce the city’s
income tax credit from 2 percent to 1 percent for residents who
work and pay income tax in other cities, meaning residents owed
the city money. This initiative if passed in November would
overturn the council’s decision and restore the full tax credit.
Arguing AGAINST Issue 23:
Lorain Mayor Tony Krasienko said Lorain has faced budget
deficits for over a decade, and that measure passed in 2009 was
to balance the budget and prevent “devastating cuts to city
services. That plan is now in jeopardy.”
He called the issue “bad for Lorain” and said the issue would
slash the city’s budget by over $2.1 million every year, which
in turn would hurt city services like street repair, snow
removal, police, fire and parks.
He said voting no on the issue does not raise taxes, and does
not cost anything to the retirees or unemployed.
Arguing FOR Issue 23:
Attorney Michael Scherach said over 2,600 signatures were
gathered by the citizens during the summer to place this on the
While collecting signatures, he said the people of Lorain said
they were “disgusted” with the city’s double taxation, and can
no longer afford any more taxes and plan to move out of town.
“This tax proves to be a destructive tax to the city of Lorain
and that we are losing our productive citizens,” he said.
“It doesn’t take any skill to raise taxes, but it does take
skills to draw employment and employers to the city of Lorain,”
“Lorain needs more jobs not more taxes,” he said.
Lorain County Community College (Issue 17):
LCCC President Roy Church said the current $2 million, 1.8-mill,
10-year replacement levy they are requesting is really “a job
issue,” and “worth it for Lorain county.”
He said in an economy where both finding and keeping a job is
difficult, the college becomes a leader in helping the
The operating levy would cover 13 percent of the current
operating costs for the college, generating over 10 million
dollars over a ten-year period, he said.
“Without that support, with the loss of state support, Lorain
County Community College would be deeply challenged to maintain
the breadth and quality of the educational programs we provide
to this community today,” Church said
Other Issues 8 and 16:
Superintendent for Lorain City Schools Cheryl Atkinson and
Lorain Treasurer Dale Webber advocated the need for a new levy,
They are requesting a $6 million, 9.12-mill, 10-year emergency
Lorain County Children Services’ Patti Jo Burnett said the
agency is seeking a 1.5 mill, 5-year replacement levy, Issue 16.
Henry (Skip) Lewandowski