CELINA — Three Republican House of Representatives candidates from Ohio’s 84th District are seeking voter approval to run in the November general election. Running on the Republican ticket are Angie King, of Celina, Jacob Larger, of New Bremen, and Aimee Morrow, of Greenville. The winner of the August 2 special election will face Democrat Sophia Rodriguez, who goes unopposed on August 2.
The 84th District includes the northern half of Darke County and the southern half of Auglaize County and all of Mercer County. Cities in Darke County include Greenville. Auglaize County includes Wapakoneta, Minster, New Bremen and New Knoxville.
Questionnaires were emailed to each candidate for publication in the Sidney Daily News. Morrow did not respond to the email.
Thursday’s candidate profile was Democrat Sophia Rodriguez. Republican Angie King is featured in today’s paper. Republican Jacob Larger will be featured in Saturday’s newspaper.
Angie King, 56, is a small business owner. She has been involved in buying, selling and managing real estate investments for 25 years. Mercer County Recorder 9 years. City Council of Celina 11 years. King was successful in influencing politics at the local, state, and federal levels. Eldest of five children, from a peasant family. Married 31, two adult children and two grandchildren. With over 20 years of small business and public service experience, he is well equipped to represent our values of limited government, defend small business and our farming community, protect family values, advocate for the unborn and the second amendment and defend our freedoms. and freedoms. For more information: KingforOhio.com
Should Ohio spend more on arming and training teachers and school staff to protect its public schools from random gun violence?
House Bill 99 was recently signed by Ohio Governor DeWine, which allows teachers and other school personnel to carry firearms in school safe areas. $4.8 million was awarded in grants to schools to help them improve the safety and security of their buildings.
The funding will be used to install security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks and visitor badge systems. These grants will help schools assess potential threats and develop appropriate responses to increase their random gun violence prevention efforts. School safety requires prevention and planning, the $4.8 million in grants will help with these efforts.
What should Ohio do to attract and retain more working-age adults in the state with essential skills (electricians, mechanics, plumbers, etc.)?
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a construction labor shortage of 1.6 million by the end of 2022. Ohio high school students are eligible for free tuition for college credit and training under construction could be added. High school students enrolled in an apprenticeship training program certified by the U.S. Department of Labor would also be eligible for state funding. Ohio’s manufacturing mentorship program for 16- and 17-year-olds could be expanded to include construction trades. Trade and apprenticeship programs will not only create a labor pipeline, but also help solve the problem of out-migration from states
Do you think tax rates in Ohio are in line with similar states for middle class and working families? If not, how would you resolve this?
Ohio’s tax ranking, according to Walletnews, is 43rd and 49th for income tax. (1 being the lowest tax burden) There has been progress over the past 10 years. Instead of 9 tax brackets – we now have 4. Ohioans who received $25,000 or less in 2021 paid no income tax. Ohio is still the 9th highest tax rate in the country. The consumer price index rose 8.6% in May. Inflation is at its highest for 40 years. There are currently 7 states with no income tax. SB 327, would phase out personal income tax over the next ten years. Why wait 10 years? The people of Ohio need help now.
What is the place of renewable energies (nuclear, solar, wind, etc.) in the future of Ohio’s energy supply?
Solar and wind farms are an important topic in our agricultural district. I attended a public hearing in my district and none of the people who spoke were in favor of the 1,200 acre solar farm. The destruction of productive agricultural land and how the land will be zoned were the main concerns.
SB 52 gives county commissioners the authority to approve or deny certification of wind and solar installations that produce more than 50 megawatts of electricity. It also gives county commissioners the power to designate exclusive areas where wind/solar projects would be prohibited. Wind or solar developers can no longer enter the county without the full knowledge and consent of the county government.
While the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, what are your feelings? Since being overthrown, what should the state of Ohio do to guarantee a woman’s right of choice?
I am honored to be the only candidate endorsed by the Ohio Right to Life PAC. After nearly 50 years, the Supreme Court has finally recognized that the Constitution does not establish or defend a right to abortion. Every constitutional provision that guarantees a human right has been designed as much for the protection of the rights of the unborn child as for the rights of the born child. No baby with a beating heart can be aborted in the state of Ohio. Human life, which begins at the moment of conception, is sacred in all its forms and I will continue to fight for the life of the unborn child.
Soaring fuel prices affect both the worker and the person who wants to go on vacation. Should the State of Ohio suspend gasoline taxes until prices drop?
I would support a temporary repeal of the increased gas tax and annual registration fees for electric and hybrid vehicles. (Repeal the tax increase from the 2019 transport budget)
Ohio will receive $11.5 billion in federal funds from the infrastructure bill, and the Ohio Senate has proposed to repeal the gas tax increase for five years. Federal funds from the infrastructure bill would make up for lost revenue. The gas tax would generate $1.5 billion, the difference of $10 billion more than was estimated when the tax was passed in 2019.
School districts are facing a shortage of teachers, bus drivers and other staff to help educate Ohio’s children. What do you think should be done to attract more employees to the districts?
Unfortunately, employers across the United States are struggling to staff their businesses and retain new hires. Nursing homes, schools, hospitals, restaurant chains, hotels, retailers, builders, manufacturers, and the list goes on. The labor force participation rate has still not returned to pre-pandemic levels. Do unemployment benefits discourage people from returning to work? If unemployment benefits are too generous or of too long a duration, workers may choose to stay at home because they earn more money from the government. Instead of punishing retirees who want to re-enter the workforce, raise the income threshold for Social Security and let retirees go back to work.
Older Americans with years of experience should not be penalized for wanting to find a job.