Tom Waniewski (R): the current Toledo city councilman of District 5, he was also a former television investigative journalist, and creator of an Internet company.
He said he will help small businesses prosper by lessening their tax burden.
As the unemployment rate in Lucas County has reached over 26,000 people, he said he proposes Foreign Trade Zones– procedures placed on U.S. plants that engage in international trade. He also said in his campaign he will work to create alternative energy jobs and limit government spending.
State Representative 46th District
Harry Barlos (D): While Mayor of Maumee, he helped develop the Arrowhead Business Park which has created over 20,000 jobs for the area, he said in his campaign.
He also served as a Lucas County Clerk of Court, Lucas County Commissioner, and as Administrator of the Village of Holland where he supervised the building of a new police station and community center.
In college, he worked as a page in the Ohio House of Representatives, he said.
He said he has balanced budgets and never raised taxes during his entire career in public service.
Barbara Sears (R): the current State Representative for the 46th House District, she said in her campaign “I will continue to strive for lower taxes, support of small businesses, and affordable healthcare in the Ohio Legislature.”
From Monclova, She is also a co-owner of Noble and Sears, Inc., a firm that handles employee benefits and financial planning. Sears served 10 years on the Sylvania City Council, and served as council chair for the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.
She has said her priority if re-elected will be to create a better business environment to attract jobs to the state. Another priority will be to insure more access to health care, she said.
She said she will fight to insure the schools receive their fair share of the state budget, and eliminate the burden on taxpayers.
State Representative 47th District
Rick Bush(R): a fourth-generation Toledoan, he formerly worked as a messenger for Toledo Trust in 1977 and as a Senior Systems Engineer at Key Bank and later in housing. He said the high taxes and regulations made him interested in politics. “I am running to preserve freedom for my sons, and theirs,” he said in his campaign, “I know that sounds pretentious, especially from one so ordinary but government is out of control at every level.”
Instead of sending funds directly to public school districts, he proposed distributing state funds in the form of a tax credit to parents so that they can decide how to spend that funding, and at which school, thereby making the schools compete for each student, he said in his campaign.
For creating jobs and stimulating the economy he proposes to “cut government, cut taxes and make Ohio a haven for investment, business, and jobs once again,” he said.
He said government has grown too big.
“They just shoved socialized medicine down our throats, but you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet,” he said in a written statement “Cap-and-trade is just around the corner.”
Teresa Fedor (D): currently serving her second term in the Ohio Senate representing the 11th Senate District, she is seeking this new state representative position.
Fedor formerly served as a state representative for the 52nd district, has served in the U.S. Air Force and Ohio National Guard, and has taught in the Toledo Public Schools.
In the General Assembly she said she has worked to improve Ohio’s economy, educational opportunities, services for veterans, and access to children’s health insurance as well as to better criminalize human trafficking.
Also running for this position is Libertarian Joseph Pfeiffer.
State Representative 48th District
Michael Ashford (D): the current Toledo City Councilman for District 4, he said he is a strong supporter of downtown business. In council, he created the downtown Entertainment District legislation, helped to create safe and affordable housing, and focused on improving public safety and job creation, he said.
His contenders are Carolyn J. Eyre (R), and Schylar M. Meadows.
State Representative 49th District
Matthew A. Szollosi (D): From Oregon, he is a Partner with the D’Angelo & Szollosi Co., a law firm, served 4 terms on the Oregon City Council before becoming the current representative to the 49th district, serving his second term.
In his campaign he said he fought to protect families from losing their homes, worked to limit credit card marketing to teens and young adults, extended healthcare coverage for those workers with COBRA benefits, and protected Medicaid services.
He also said he worked on a budget that cut spending and that kept taxes low while still committing funds to education and work creation.
His contender is Jeff Wingate (R).
Lucas County Commissioner
Carol Contrada (D): She is a 6-year Sylvania Township Trustee, vice-chair of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, a small business manager for 20 years, teacher and an experienced attorney.
In her campaign she states she knows how to handle a budget and fund job creation efforts.
George Sarantou(R): Currently serving his third term as an at-large member of Toledo City Council, he is employed by Brennan Financial, LTD, that helps businesses and individuals achieve their financial goals. With 28 years of business experience, he said he is very dedicated to job creation.
Lucas County Auditor
Gina-Marie Kaczala (R): a former employee of the county auditor’s office for 21 years, and former director of internal audits in the finance department for 18 years, she said she knows that office so well and her experience makes her the better candidate. She also said she will insure senior citizens that have been ignored in the county are properly cared for.
Anita López (D): the current Lucas County Auditor is seeking re-election. She was a former Lucas County Recorder and member of the Toledo Public Schools Board of Education. She said she will continue to insure property values are fair. She said she has cut spending in the office and worked to make the Auditors Real Estate Information System (ARIES) more transparent. She said she plans to change the ARIES website so citizens can see how the government is spending their property taxes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Online: The Lucas County Board of Elections: http://www.co.lucas.oh.us/index.aspx?NID=74