Open General Assembly Seats Recommendations
Don’t shoot the messenger; campaigns are starting to gear up for the 2018 election cycle. If you look at historical election numbers, the political party of the incumbent President of the United States doesn’t usually fare well in midterm elections. This could spell trouble for Ohio Republicans as they head into 2018. Looking back at recent history, 2006 was a mid-term election that the GOP would just as soon forget, having lost the governor’s mansion and all but one statewide office. Granted the circumstances were different, given Gov. Taft’s low approval rating compared to current Gov. Kasich. Time will tell if history repeats itself.

The General Assembly will see some turnover due to term-limits. Fourteen Ohio House members are not eligible to run for another term along with 10 members of the Ohio Senate. Rep. Margaret Conditt (R-Liberty Twp.) announced she will not seek re-election in 2018 making that a non-term-limited open seat. Here is the list of lame duck members:
Term-Limited House Members
HD13    Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood)
HD21    Mike Duffey (R-Dublin)
HD37    Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson)
HD38    Marilyn Slaby (R-Copley)
HD44    Mike Ashford (D-Toledo)
HD45    Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo)
HD48    Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)
HD56    Dan Ramos (D-Lorain)
HD61    Ron Young (R-Leroy Twp.)
HD67    Andrew Brenner (R-Powell)
HD75    Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent)
HD90    Terry Johnson (R-McDermott)
HD91    Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville)
HD98    Al Landis (R-Dover)
Term-Limited Senate Members
SD3       Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park)
SD5       Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City)
SD11     Edna Brown (D-Toledo)
SD13     Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville)
SD15     Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus)
SD19     Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander)
SD23     Mike Skindell (D-Lakewood)
SD27     Frank LaRose (R-Fairlawn)
SD29     Scott Oelslager (R-Canton)
SD33     Joe Schiavoni (D-Youngstown)
Employee Voter Registration Week September 25-29

This September 25-29, the Ohio Chamber will be participating in Employee Voter Registration Week. 
 
While Ohio may not have federal elections this year, we need to make sure that we are prepared and ready to vote in the primary elections quickly approaching in 2018. In these mid-term elections, we will have the opportunity to vote for all Congressional seats, one U.S. Senate, governor, and many statewide and local officials. 
 
The political landscape is constantly changing, and for our voices to be heard and our opinions to matter, we must register to vote and go to the polls for the primary and general elections coming up in 2018. Our jobs can be demanding and it can be difficult to balance work and family commitments, but our votes do matter and do make a difference. Registering and voting doesn’t have to be difficult or take up much time. We make it easy for you by hosting a voter registration and election information center at the website ohiop2.org . Simply type in your address to find out when and how you need to register. Also, find out more information about voting early in your state if you don’t think you can make it to the polls on Election Day. 
 
By participating in Employee Voter Registration Week, our hope is that the Ohio business community will be better represented at the polls on Election Day. Together employees can impact the outcomes of every election. 

Please email Rich Thompson to let him know if your organization is planning on participating. For local chambers, your participation will count towards the 2018 Advocacy Awards.
State Issue 2 Update
Earlier this year, the Ohio Chamber formally moved to oppose the deeply flawed and deceptive ballot issue dubbed the “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act”. This proposed law is bad for business and taxpayers. It imposes artificial price controls, lacks operation guidelines and if passed, could cause lawsuits and higher costs for taxpayers.

Thank you to the chambers of commerce throughout Ohio that have joined business associations such as the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Hospital Association, and Ohio Council of Retail Merchants in opposing this harmful measure. If your organization would like to join on to the No on 2 Coalition, please contact Rich Thompson at 614-629-0923 today.

Click here for a printable document that explains why Issue 2 is bad for business in Ohio.
Sincerely,

Rich Thompson
Director, Political Programs