The founders of our state intended that our state representatives be re-elected every two years so that government would be kept close to the people. We are holding the line against the governor’s proposed budget on; no new sales taxes on services, no increase of the severance tax, and absolutely, positively NO expansion of Medicaid in Ohio.
- In 2011, the Healthcare Freedom Amendment, which was a rejection of the individual mandate in Obamacare, won in Ohio with 65.63% of the vote.
- Governor Kasich, was elected in 2010 with only 49.04% of the vote. He is now proposing to voluntarily expand Medicaid in Ohio which is a major part of advancing Obamacare in our state.
- The House Appropriations and Finance Committee is responsible for moving the governor’s proposed budget to the House floor for a full vote.
- Republican state reps on the committee who stand strong and say NO on the above mentioned issues in favor of protecting the liberty and future prosperity of Ohio should be both thanked and congratulated.
- However, Republican state reps on the committee voting to approve a budget proposal that includes the issues mentioned above should be replaced with new representatives.
If needed, the easiest time to replace any of these reps will be the during the 2014 primary. It has been since 2002 that we have had a gubernatorial primary election in Ohio with no coinciding U.S. Senate race. Such elections generally have low voter turnouts. In 2002, the statewide turnout was just 19.35%.
Below is a list of the Republican state reps on the House Finance and Appropriations committee. Though competitive races tend to yield higher turnouts, these are some estimated base numbers needed to replace individual reps in the 2014 primary.
|Representative (District)||Votes Needed to Win 2012 Primary
||Est Votes Needed to Win 2014 Primary
||HFA Signatures Collected|
|Ron Amstutz (1)||6332||4800||7,676|
|Marlene Anielski (6)||4240||3214||10,830|
|Mike Dovilla (7)||3839||2910||10,830|
|Anne Gonzales (19)||5468||4145||39,586|
|Mike Duffey (21)||4694||3559||39,586|
|Cheryl Grossman (23)||4233||3209||39,586|
|Peter Stautberg (27)||9877||7487||19,751|
|Barbara Sears (47)||5569||4222||13,131|
|Timothy Derickson (53)||3774||2861||15,410|
|Peter Beck (54)||4760||3609||13,146|
|Ron Maag (62)||5742||4353||13,146|
|Dave Hall (70)||5013||3869||21,017|
|Bill Hayes (72)||5530||4192||15,508|
|Gerald Stebelton (77)||5370||4071||11,470|
|Ross McGregor (79)||4524||3430||8,501|
|Richard Adams (80)||6858||5199||10,829|
|Robert Sprague (83)||7846||5948||12,634|
|Jeff McClain (87)||6599||5003||11,953|
|Cliff Rosenberger (91)||5474||4150||6317|
|Ryan Smith (93)||8508||6450||4045|
|Average Per Rep||5713||4335||16,248|
County Healthcare Freedom Amendment (HFA) signature totals reflect the combined totals of counties “overlaid” by each representative district. Some districts are in only one county while others overlap two or more counties. In such case, the combined total from all counties in the district is reflected above.
Conversely, Franklin county by itself has three state reps on the House Finance Committee. Though all 39,586 signatures from Franklin were not collected in a single district, the numbers demonstrate there are plenty of grassroots volunteers within reach to help achieve a victory in a primary race.
Finally, there were some signatures gathered for Healthcare Freedom that came from paid petitioners. Those signature totals have been removed from the above numbers so the numbers reflect only those signatures collected by grassroots volunteers.
The grassroots in Ohio is stronger than it may realize and the upcoming primary is ideally suited for liberty-minded citizens to make a difference. Even if your rep is not on the Finance and Appropriations Committee, contact him or her today and respectfully request – not only a vote of NO – but to actively stand up against newly proposed sales taxes on services, the proposed increase in the severance tax, and to Governor Kasich’s proposed plan to advance Obamacare by voluntarily expanding Medicaid in Ohio.
Locate your state rep at this link: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/
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