And those are his top three priorities if elected.
“I’m going to reach across the aisle with common-sense solutions that appeal to most Ohioans,” Horn said. “A good example is how (US Senator) Sherrod Brown worked with (US Senator) Rob Portman to get infrastructure bills and CHIPS passed.”
And while there are national issues that Republicans and Democrats haven’t addressed, “it’s not what people tell me is important, which are great public schools, affordable health care, and policies that help workers”.
For Gross, his top three priorities are easing the burdens of the state, which includes fighting rising inflation, keeping Ohionas safe and living, and parental rights. in Education and Ed Choice.
Gross said there are fellow Democrats she can see pursuing legislation to improve the district and the state.
The political divide has normalized and she said she “would like to see us spend more time together getting to know each other as people and not just on opposite ends of the legislative spectrum.”
One change she would like to see made at the Statehouse is the legislative process. She said that when a bill is presented to the entire House of Representatives, it needs votes to pass.
“I would like to see more debate on the floor and have an unknown outcome,” she said. “Even when a bill doesn’t seem to have the votes, I would like it to be debated and voted on.”
Gross and Horn disagree on many issues, including how the state should deal with another public health crisis like the country has seen with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Horn said he disagreed with many of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s policies, but he followed the science and “obviously saved thousands of lives, and the economy didn’t go wrong.” is not collapsed. I’m certainly glad we kept my parents, ages 94 and 97, safe. I would make sacrifices for them in the future.
Although there was no collapse in the economy, it struggled. The pandemic had displaced more than one million Ohioans from their jobs by September 2021, according to Policy Matters Ohio. By last July, Ohio had recovered 85% of the jobs lost to the pandemic, the think tank reported.
Gross said the state should follow the lead of Senate Bill 22 and House Bill 215, a pair of bills signed into law in 2021 that would limit or override health orders issued by the Department of Health. Ohio Health in reference to health crises like a pandemic or epidemic.
“Allowing Ohioans to make individual choices about safety and allowing businesses to make the same individual choices just makes sense,” Gross said.
Tied to the COVID-19 pandemic was House Bill 248, a bill that Ohio House leaders stalled on after thousands on both sides of the aisle voiced their opinions.
Gross, a nurse practitioner, stands by the bill she introduced and said she is working on this legislative initiative which she spearheaded from Ohio across the state.
“I learned that there is power when people stand up for their rights and express their support for legislation,” she said.
The bill did not leave the House Health Committee, but saw nearly 1,200 supporters supporting the bill, including nearly 400 opposed to the bill that would have banned mandatory vaccinations. Health professionals were both supporters and opponents of the bill.
Horn, on the other hand, said he would never introduce what he calls “anti-vaccination legislation, but would instead base his policy on health science.”
WAYS TO VOTE
There are three ways to vote before or on Election Day:
First, early voting for the Nov. 8 general election is underway where registered voters can vote at their county elections office. In-person voting hours at county election commissions are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Oct. 28.
Weekday voting hours are extended from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from October 31 to November 4. Weekend voting is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 29 and November 5 and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on November 6. The last day for in-person early voting is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 7.
Second, voters can choose to vote by mail by requesting that a ballot be mailed to their home, instructions for which can be found at voteohio.gov. You can either print your own form, have the elections office mail you a form, or make your own request and mail it.
All requests for ballots must be received three days before the election, but it is advisable to apply earlier. Completed ballots can be mailed or dropped off in person at the County Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
Third, voters can vote on Election Day, November 8, at their polling station. Polling stations are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and if you wait in line when the polls close, you will be allowed to vote. Visit voteohio.gov to find your polling location.
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