NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 OHIO GOVERNOR’S RACE
Created by the Campus Election Engagement Project, a nonpartisan effort to help college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders engage their schools in the election. Key sites consulted included Votesmart.org, OntheIssues.org, FactCheck.org, Politifact.com, and public candidate statements. For guides to local races, see Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters and Ballotready.org. For more detailed information visit their votesmart.org pages.
Visit cordrayforohio.com and mikedewine.com to volunteer. Other candidates include: Constance Gadell-Newton (Green Party), Collin Hill (Independent), & Travis Irvine (Libertarian). Due to limited space, we can’t include candidates polling at less than 15%, but encourage you to check out their websites. To download a printable pdf version of this guide, click here.
Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?
Cordray – Legal. Women should have the right to make their own personal decisions.
Campaign Finance: Limit political donations from corporations & unions?
DeWine – No. Voted against McCain-Feingold.
Climate Change: Consider climate change a critical threat? Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?
Cordray – Yes. Clean energy & energy efficiency are job engines, but also “keys to addressing climate change that threatens the Great Lakes & Ohio farmland.”
Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?
Drugs: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana? Support Ohio Ballot Issue 1, which reduces first & second arrests for simple drug possession to non-jail time misdemeanors? Related, how to best address opioid crisis?
Cordray – Would legalize . Supports Issue 1 (See Politifact check) as alternative to failed drug & incarceration policies. “Can’t arrest way out of opioid crisis,” so fund treatment & prevention programs, train law enforcement, & boost state support for families.
DeWine – Opposes recreational marijuana legalization or decriminalization. Sued Toledo when the city passed municipal decriminalization. Also opposes Issue 1. To help address opioid crisis, expand substance-abuse & early intervention programs, and add drug courts.
Economy: Support expanded regulatory role for federal government?
Education: Increase funding for K-12 & pre-K education?
Cordray – Yes. Advocates increased funding for universal pre-K ($140 million per year) & more equitable funding of primary & secondary schools.
DeWine – Unclear on general K-12. Supports increased pre-K funding, but when in Senate opposed Head Start funding.
Education: Increase state funding for higher education?
Cordray – Yes. Proposes free community college for all Ohioans. Expand Columbus State Preferred Pathways program that guarantees admission to partner 4-year colleges & enables students to easily transfer credits.
DeWine – Unclear. Wants improved college affordability, new funding to produce more computer science teachers, & tying part of state funding to “post-graduate job attainment.” Might consider free community college.
Education: Support privately operated but publicly funded charter schools & programs like vouchers which allow parents to help pay for private schools?
Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?
Cordray – Yes. “Long-term supporter.”
Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?
Healthcare: Support or Repeal ACA, aka Obamacare? Accept ACA’s Medicaid expansion to subsidize low-income participants?
Cordray – Supports ACA. On Medicaid expansion, 700,000 Ohioans have access to health care “who will not have it if it goes away.”
DeWine – Repeal ACA, believes could still keep pre-existing condition coverage. “Medicaid expansion is financially unsustainable,” but would keep for now with added work requirements.
Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?
Cordray – Yes. Will work to restore funding.
DeWine – No. Nothing requires Ohio to support abortion providers.
Immigration: Support DREAM Act (DACA), allowing “Dreamers” who grew up in US after arriving illegally as children, to achieve legal status?
Cordray – Yes. Embrace DACA recipients & create “pathways to citizenship for all immigrants who love & respect our nation.”
DeWine – Co-sponsored 2005 DREAM Act, & let DACA recipients apply for driver’s licenses, but defended Trump’s executive orders on immigration.
Labor: Enact right-to-work law, eliminating the right of unions to mandate dues for workers they represent?
Cordray – No.
DeWine – “Should be decided by Ohio voters.”
Minimum Wage: Raise the minimum wage?
DeWine – Undecided. Says he’s “‘open to taking a look at’ whether the question should go to voters.” As US Senator increased to $7.25 when coupled with increased cap on estate tax. As Attorney General opposed Ohio cities’ enacting minimum wage higher than the state’s.
Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?
Cordray – Yes. Would require for any company contracting with OH.
DeWine – Probable no. As Attorney General declined to join lawsuit preserving it.
Renewable Energy: Government support for renewable energy?
DeWine – No stand found.
Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts? Ohio tax policy?
DeWine – Supports Trump tax cuts. No tax increases for OH. Exempt capital gains taxes for investment in economically distressed communities.
Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules such major voter purges, even if they prevent some people from voting?