Jim has a long history of leadership in our community. In 1991, he was elected to the first of four terms as a City Councilman in Independence. He also served four terms as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and was a member of the House leadership team.
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Jim on the Issues
Bring Ohio Jobs Home
Ohio has lost 50,000 manufacturing jobs to Mexico and Red China since 1994. Countless more jobs in technology, engineering, medical and more have been lost or are in danger. When Ohio loses jobs, Ohioans lose paychecks – and Ohio families are torn apart. It’s time to bring Ohio jobs home.
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Restore The Ohio Family
It’s time for our government to reflect our shared priorities and encourage marriage, family and an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. We cannot truly break the cycle of poverty until we break the cycle of failed, costly government programs that too often perpetuate the status quo
Reliable, Affordable Energy
Energy is an Ohio strength, let us keep it that way by nurturing clean burning natural gas, reliable zero emission nuclear power, more stable wind and solar technologies, and ramp up clean coal technology and scrubber systems that will meet the needs of Ohioans while offering a cleaner environment.
Affordable Higher Education
A critical need, the Trakas Plan calls for increasing state support, while reducing tuition, room, board, and fees to make college more affordable as to not strap graduates with the equivalent of a mortgage, which is having a chilling effect on families and wealth creation.