Decision 2010: Endorsements, pt. 1Written by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | email@example.com
There are a number of critical issues and contests facing Lucas County voters Nov. 2, and while Toledo Free Press will not attempt to encapsulate every race and issue, we will use this space for the next two weeks to offer our thoughts and endorsements.
- Issue 7: This is a renewal of a 1 mill, 10-year levy for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA). It is not a new tax. Established in 1971, TARTA has 34 routes and serves nine communities in northwestern Ohio. TARTA provides an essential service for many county residents, and we support renewal of this levy. The organization stumbled in its efforts to switch its funding to a sales tax and will have to examine its future carefully as the local population shifts, but there is no argument that TARTA provides a much-needed transportation lifeline.
- Governor: There are four men running for Ohio governor, but Republican John Kasich is our choice for trying to stop Ohio’s economic slide. Kasich’s experience in the U.S. House Budget Committee and his JobsOhio proposal, which seeks direct input from business owners and more responsibility on private enterprise, offers a clear logic that trumps unfulfilled promises.
- Secretary of State: Democrat Maryellen O’Shaughnessy, the clerk of Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, has served as a three-time Columbus City Council member and owns a small business, her family’s fourth-generation funeral home. She is running on a platform that is inclusive and comprehensive. She understands how the secretary of state office can impact economic development by making it easier (or more difficult) for businesses to register to do business in Ohio and navigate its resources, and she has our vote for this important office.
- US House District 5: Republican Bob Latta has been a consistent voice in the House and has proven to be remarkably accessible, offering pre- and post-vote reasoning with an accountability rare in many of his counterparts. He is the clear choice in this contest.
- State House of Representatives District 46: Republican Barbara Sears, the incumbent in this race, has earned endorsements from a wide array of organizations — farmers, CPAs, real estate agents, nurses, restaurant owners and the Toledo and Ohio chambers of commerce — which demonstrates her effectiveness as a representative. We agree with the chambers and endorse Sears.
- State House of Representatives District 48: While independent Schylar Meadows has our attention and is an emerging community leader, this round of political musical chairs goes to current city councilman and Democrat Michael Ashford, who will take with him to Columbus the community savvy and persuasiveness that have characterized his time in office.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Call him at (419) 241-1700 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.