The 2018 Southwest Ohio Voters' Guide

The 2018 Southwest Ohio Voters' Guide

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Election Day is November 6, 2018, and early voting has already started in Ohio! As you begin to look into the candidates and issues on the ballot, look no further, as this will be a helpful "who's who" of the 2018 midterm election for Butler, Hamilton and Warren Counties. If you are not from this area, then no worries as Ballotpedia provides a wonderful service in giving you a sample ballot of what you will need to be voting on.

Here is a picture of Ohio State District Maps for Ohio State House of Representatives.

Here is a picture of Ohio State District Maps for Ohio State Senate.

Here is a picture of Ohio Federal District Maps for US House of Representatives.

Governor's Race

Republican: DeWine/Husted

Democrat: Cordray/Sutton

Third Party: Irvine/Grayson (Libertarian), Gadell-Newton/Joeseph (Green).

Main Issues: The handling of sexual assault cases; as both have served as Attorney General, here is the non-partisan fact-checking of the claims being made.

Also, the way to deal with the drug epidemic happening: DeWine is for a continued "war on drugs" to reduce use and crime, while Cordray is for lessening sentences and focusing on rehab.

US Senate

Republican: Jim Renacci

Democrat: Sherrod Brown

Major issues: Debates between the two are set up for October 14th, as well as October 26th, which will take place at Miami University.

US House of Representatives

Hamilton County:

Republican: Steve Chabot (OH-1), Brad Wenstrup (OH-2)

Democrat: Aftab Pureval (OH-1), Jill Schiller (OH-2)

Libertarians: Dirk Kabula (OH-1), James Condit (OH-2)

Major issues (OH-1): Healthcare coverage: Chabot is against the ACA, while Aftab is for it, including pre-existing conditions coverage. Being for the people: Both candidates have sent out commercials saying they are for the people; Aftab is alleging that Chabot's acceptance of Corporate Super PAC money makes him only for the people with money, whereas Aftab is running a grassroots, people-based campaign.

Major issues (OH-2): "taking back the house" and healthcare coverage

Butler County:

Republican: Warren Davidson (OH-8)

Democrat: Vanessa Enoch (OH-8)

Major issues: Education, accurate representation; Enoch is alleging that the far-right Davidson is too far out for the average citizen in the district, as she can create a happy medium. Davidson is the incumbent and continuing to run on his accomplishments in office.

Warren County:

Republican: Steve Chabot (OH-1)

Democrat: Aftab Pureval (OH-1)

Third Parties: Dirk Kubala (OH-1)

Major issues: Healthcare coverage: Chabot is against the ACA, while Aftab is for it, including pre-existing conditions coverage. Being for the people: Both candidates have sent out commercials saying they are for the people; Aftab is alleging that Chabot's acceptance of Corporate Super PAC money makes him only for the people with money, whereas Aftab is running a grassroots, people-based campaign.

Ohio Secretary of State

Republican: Frank LaRose

Democrat: Kathleen Clyde

Libertarian: Dustin Nanna

Major issues: Voter suppression laws and what level of cleansing is needed for voter registration

Ohio Attorney General

Republican: Dave Yost

Democrat: Steven Dettelbach

Major issues: Sexual assault awareness

Ohio Treasurer

Republican: Robert Sprague

Democrat: Rob Richardson

Major issues: Expansion of office

Ohio Auditor of State

Republican: Keith Faber

Democrat: Zach Space

Libertarian: Robert Coogan

Major issues: Debate video here

Ohio House of Representatives

Hamilton County:

Republican: Tom Brinkman Jr. (District 27), Jonathon Dever (District 28), Carrie Davis (District 29), Bill Sietz (District 30)

Democrat: Christine Fisher (District 27), Jessica Miranda (District 28), Louis Blessing III (District 29), Clayton Adams (District 30)

Major issues: Education and "the fight for the little man"

Butler County:

Republican: Sara Carruthers (District 51), George Lang (District 52), Candice Keller (District 53), Paul Zeltwanger (District 54)

Democrat: Susan Vaughn (District 51), Kathy Wyenandt (District 52), Rebecca Howard (District 53), Nikki Foster (District 54)

Major issues: Education and "the fight for the little man"

Warren County:

Republican: Paul Zeltwanger (District 54), Scott Lipps (District 62)

Democrat: Nikki Foster (District 54), Jim Stanton (District 62)

Major issues: Education and "the fight for the little man"

Ohio State Senate District 7

Parts of Hamilton and Butler counties, and all of Warren County:

Republican: Steve Wilson

Democrat: Sarah Bitters

Major Issues: Education and "the fight for the little man"

County Auditor

Hamilton County:

Republican: Nancy Aichholz

Democrat: Dusty Rhodes

County Commissioner 

Hamilton County:

Republican: Chris Monzel

Democrat: Stephanie Dumas

Major issues: Watch debate here

Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Ohio, commencing January 1, 2019

Republican: Steve E. Martin

Democrat: Terry Nestor

Major issues: Keeping Ohio's laws legal and fair for residents

Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Ohio General Division

Republican: Lisa Allen, Leslie Ghiz

Democrat: Pavan Parikh, Arica Underwood

Major issues: Keeping Ohio's laws legal and fair for residents

Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Ohio

Republican: Curt Hartman

Democrat: Thomas Beridon

Major issues: Keeping Ohio's laws legal and fair for residents

Ohio First District Court of Appeals

Republican: Charles Miller, Robert Winkler, Dale Stalf, Dennis Deters

Democrat: Marilyn Zayas, Candace Crouse, Ginger Brock, Pierre Bergeron

Major Issues: Keeping Ohio's laws legal and fair for its residents; vote for 3

Ohio Supreme Court

Republican: Craig Baldwin, Mary DeGenero

Democrat: Melody Stewart, Michael Donnelly

Major Issues: Keeping Ohio's laws legal and fair for its residents

Ohio Issue 1

Yes: Lessen drug sentences in favor of focusing on rehabilitation and cure from the disease of addiction.

No: Stay in-line with the "War on Drugs" or tough on crime philosophy that has been used since the Reagan era to thwart repeated drug offenders from continuing.

Major Debate: With the drug epidemic reaching new heights, people are looking to see what can best help Ohio's citizens combat this growing issue.

Be sure to get informed and VOTE on November 6.

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.

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Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Get Your Hands Off My Reproductive Rights

Outlawing abortions won't stop them from happening.

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A young woman discovers she is pregnant with the child of her rapist. She decides to terminate the pregnancy, and visits an abortion clinic to terminate the pregnancy that she never wanted.

Another young woman gets a birth control prescription, which is ultimately fulfilled.

A third young woman walks into a drugstore after a mishap, and purchases emergency contraceptive Plan B.

All of these hypothetical situations are actually very probable and very common. Unfortunately, however, they might not remain that way.

Within the past couple of weeks, there have been headlines upon headlines outlining extreme changes being made throughout the country.

Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and Missouri have pushed to ban abortions. North Carolina is said to be next. Ohio is also pushing to limit access to birth control and contraceptives.

In case that isn't bad enough, these laws are being put into action by..... yep! You guessed it. Men.

How does that make any sense?

Yeah, that's right. It doesn't.

These bans are directly affecting women and our bodies. So why should men, some of whom don't even understand what "consent" is, as was made clear by a Missouri lawmaker, have more of a say?

The short answer is that they shouldn't.

Even more horrifying is that many of these lawmakers are using religious perspectives as a means of justification for these atrocious bans. Alabama lawmaker Clyde Chambliss said, "When God creates the miracle of life inside a woman's womb, it is not our place as human beings to extinguish that life".

Excuse me? Come again? Are you seriously trying to use religion to justify your idiotic laws?

This statement very clearly establishes a God-above-all dynamic, putting human beings on a much lower pedestal. This is an unacceptable method of lawmaking.

This country was founded on the basis of separation of church and state., and doubling back on this fundamental United States value is absolutely unacceptable and in opposition to everything our country stands for. Or rather, everything our country was meant to stand for. I don't think it is appropriate or accurate to say that those values continue to be upheld, thanks to the government in power today.

I refuse to be complacent within an American society that moves to implement laws with religious implications and foundations. There is no national religion in America, and that is not for nothing. Combining religion and law is un-American at its very core.

I have seen countless people pushing pro-life agendas through the use of religious imagery, statements, and citations, and quite frankly, this is such an embarrassment. Oh, and by the way? These were men.

In what world is it okay to dictate what someone else does with their own body? How is it acceptable to be controlling what a woman decides to do with her own reproductive health?

This is truly a war against women, and if you don't believe so, you aren't paying close enough attention. Even more, outlawing abortions will not stop them from happening. It will only force desperate women to take desperate, and dangerous, measures, potentially ending in her death. Anyone who was truly pro-life would be valuing the life of that woman moreso than the unwanted, and sometimes unwarranted, fetus.

One of the most meaningful hypotheticals that I have read is the following:

The very premise of this hypothetical proposal so clearly demonstrates the problem here. If men were being placed under the same kind of pressure and restriction that women are experiencing, the outcomes would be so very different. Yet somehow these men see nothing wrong with governing women's bodies in the exact way that they would not want their own to be governed.

Even further, it's as if these lawmakers are forgetting basic biology, or choosing to not acknowledge it. Many people have taken on the mindset that a pregnancy is somehow the woman's own fault, or that a woman who does not want to get pregnant shouldn't have sex. I'm sorry.... aren't we forgetting something here?


Regarding pro-life women, I have this to say to you: if you don't want an abortion, don't get one.

Imagine if legislation was put in place that forced you to terminate a certain pregnancy. The extent of emotion and opposition you would have in reaction to this is exactly the way that women who are forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy full term feel.

If you wouldn't want your body governed against your will, don't govern other peoples' bodies against theirs.

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